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Does Your Encapsulated Crawl Space Need a Dehumidifier?

Many homeowners are wondering if they should install a dehumidifier on top of their crawl space encapsulation. Here’s everything you need to know!

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Here in Cincinnati, OH, rain is not a rare occurrence. With more than 130 rainy days in a year, many homeowners have moisture issues in their homes that often start in the crawl space. Without regular crawl space inspections, the problem is usually noticed in the late stages once the damage is already done. Homeowners begin to call us when the musty smell of mold appears in their home or when their loved ones develop health problems because of the spores.

Luckily, such issues can be averted with a dehumidifier. This appliance is designed to remove moisture from the air and maintain healthy humidity levels in the crawl space. Furthermore, the dehumidifiers we offer filter your home’s air and reduce bacteria, viruses, dust mites, and allergens. However, if you already have a vapor barrier installed in your crawl space, you may be wondering if whether adding a dehumidifier to the equation is necessary. Let’s find out. 


Why Does an Encapsulated Crawl Space Need a Dehumidifier?

Having an encapsulated crawl space can be a great advantage for your home. A typical crawl space gets moldy, harbors pests, and reduces the efficiency of your HVAC system. By encapsulating the crawl space, you will have a clean and dry area insulated from extreme temperatures. However, even the best vapor barriers cannot lock all the moisture out without other solutions in play. This is where a dehumidifier comes in. It will efficiently dry out your crawl space and maintain the desired level of humidity.

The benefits of maintaining a dry crawl space are numerous. As we said, the weather in this area can be moody. Frequent temperature changes can cause moisture and mildew, which leads to the accumulation of bacteria, dust mites, and other germs in your crawl space.

You may think that germs from the crawl space cannot affect you, but these particles will impact the upstairs environment and the rest of the home due to the Stack Effect. When this problem worsens, household members can develop health issues from asthma and allergies, to other severe respiratory problems.

Luckily, a solution does exist.   

What Is the Solution?  

As we mentioned before, a dehumidifier is a suitable solution that will keep your encapsulated crawl space dry. However, it’s crucial to choose a proper dehumidifier to get a long-term solution.  

Conventional household dehumidifiers are quite small and they require daily emptying of their water collection trays or buckets. The average unit can remove up to 40 pints of water per day. Furthermore, they don’t have enough power or efficiency to dry out the entire crawl space

Therefore, investing in a high-capacity, high-efficiency dehumidifier with air filtration, will ensure your crawl space stays dry and eliminates any musty odors or toxins in the air.

Apart from improving the air quality in your home, it is also able to withdraw more than 100 liters of water per day. Additionally, a professional dehumidifier will drain automatically, meaning that you will never have to empty another collection tray again! 

A professional dehumidifier can also save you money in the long run. Dehumidifier installation keeps your HVAC system from running overtime and can, therefore, reduce utility bills.  

Contact Professionals at Ohio Basement Authority

Many homeowners often spot signs of humidity in their homes, such as condensation, but don’t know where it is coming from. This is when you should call our team of professionals and schedule a free house inspection. Our team at Ohio Basement Authority can recommend and install a dehumidifier that meets the needs of your home’s crawl space.

Our inspectors will check the situation in the crawl space, recommend the best solution for your problem, and suitably solve the problem. A healthy and safe house is a must-have and the installation of a dehumidifier on top of an encapsulated crawl space is an important step toward ensuring this. We advise you to explore our site and get acquainted with the services we offer, to make sure your home stays in the best condition!

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