Your crawl space provides yourself and contractors with access to pipes, wires, your furnace, and other utilities in your home. In some cases, it serves as a storage area for the homeowner as well.
No matter what purpose the space serves, your crawl space needs to be a safe, healthy, environment, because of some pretty serious facts about crawl spaces.
– The air will spread throughout most of your home
– Half of what you’re breathing on the first floor came from the crawl space
– Moisture in this space encourages mold growth, infestations, and stench
The air and overall condition of your crawl space could affect the air-quality and livelihood of the rest of your home. Because of this, it’s vital that you repair and seal that musty, moldy, stinky crawl space right away.
Tips on How a Dehumidifier Can Improve Your Crawl Space Environment
By purchasing a dehumidifier and operating it appropriately, your crawl space conditions will certainly improve. However, it is important to note that a dehumidifier may not, and most likely will not, solve all of your environmental issues. In fact, a great way to permanently dry your space is to encapsulate the crawlspace with a vapor barrier and install a sump pump system. But, that’s a conversation for another day. Let’s focus on dehumidifiers!
A dehumidifier is a machine that attempts to remove excess moisture form the air. Most dehumidifiers are actually programmed to turn off once the air is suitably dry.
Operation tip number one: Buy the right dehumidifier. Your dehumidifier is overworking (or not working) if it never shuts off, proving that it cannot handle the amount of moisture in your crawl space.
Now, you can purchase another dehumidifier and double the electricity expense and noise, or you can purchase a better dehumidifier. Either way, if your dehumidifier is always on, and the moisture is sticking around, something is wrong!
Since buying a second dehumidifier will increase your energy usage, it may be in your best interest to purchase a better quality dehumidifier, and one that is Energy Star efficient. An energy efficient dehumidifier can help save you money, remove moisture, and prevent mold growth.
Many dehumidifiers have a tray that’s designed to fill with water about every 12 hours, which leads us to operation tip number two: Buy a self-draining dehumidifier.
A dehumidifier has a tray that fills with water that then needs to be emptied in order it to work properly. Consider the work behind emptying this tray when necessary. You’ll have to remove the tray at least 14 times a week. Talk about high maintenance! So, you have to realize that emptying the tray once a week will not suffice.
If you’re emptying the tray only once a week and it actually needs to be emptied 14 times, then your dehumidifier only operates seven percent of the time and remains shut-off for 93 percent of the time! Wow! That’s insufficiency at its worst!
There is a solution. Some dehumidifiers come with the self-draining capability, which will prevent you from stressing over emptying a tray 14 times a week- and it will save you money on your energy bill!
The dehumidifier will drain into a sump pump, a sink, or any other available outlet.
Are you trying to fight the effects of mold spores, dust mite waste, and other air impurities? Here’s operation tip number three: Purchase a dehumidifier that can remove these particles from the air.
Yes, a dehumidifier can do all these things and more!
If you’re running into some issues with your dehumidifier, it’s time to research a new system that’s energy efficient and can purify the air at the same time!
With Dayspring Restoration, you can trust that your crawl space will become drier and pest-free. They offer the SaniDry Basement Dehumidifier that is Energy Star rated, self-draining, and has an air filter to remove air particles such as mold spores, pollen, and dust mite waste. For more information about crawl space repair in Missoula and how to find the best ‘Missoula crawl space dehumidifier’, contact Dayspring today!