The basement of your home is a favorite breeding ground for mold. This is because of a condition existing in every home called the “stack effect.” Hot air rises, and as it does it creates a vacuum below that draws outdoor air in through the basement or crawl space. Although New Hampshire is not a “tropical” environment, humidity levels can be high throughout most of the year. This humid outdoor air becomes trapped in a cool basement creating condensation on the concrete walls and wood flooring and joists. Mold spores that start in the basement will eventually circulate through the house because of this stack effect.
Reversing the stack effect. Our basement humidity control system draws down the warmer, drier air from the upper levels and expels the the cool, damp air from the floor level of the basement – creating a constant humidity level that is much lower than a basement without it. It runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, maintaining that ideal moisture level. Our system is quiet too, and uses only pennies per day in electricity – unlike dehumidifiers that use a lot of electricity and need to be emptied regularly.
If you have a musty smell in your basement, suspect you have a mold problem, or if it’s just damp and uncomfortable – give us a call for a free home evaluation. We will analyze the stack effect in your home and make recommendations on how to ventilate it better. If you are concerned about toxic mold growth, e can also test the air or surfaces for this as well.