Finishing the basement is a smart way to add space to your home. And since basements are usually the same size as the entire first floor of a home, remodeling the basement could essentially double the living space in a one-story home.
- Family room
- Man cave
- Exercise room
- Play room
- Home office
- Laundry room
BUT a basement can be a difficult area to use as living space because the environment is typically colder and more humid than above ground space. For example, moisture coming through concrete basement floors and walls due to moist soil on the outside may result in as much as 100 pints of water per day. These conditions are not only uncomfortable but also damaging to the building materials, furnishings, electronics, etc., and can lead to the new space not getting used.
According to experts, basement relative humidity (RH) should be kept at or below about 65 percent during the summer.
The Santa Fe line of high-efficiency, energy-efficient dehumidifiers offer time-tested technology to maintain 50% or less relative humidity in your home – ideal conditions for an odor-free, comfortable, healthy living space for you and your family.