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Home Maintenance / April 29, 2019
While a basement is a wonderful thing to have in your home due to the extra space it provides, it does come with a recurring problem. Even if you put in the time and money to finish it, you might smell foul odors, which can affect your basement’s air quality. This is a huge problem for homeowners who intend to use their basement as either a bedroom or an entertainment den. There are various reasons for these foul odors, such as mold, mildew and sewer gas, but there are also ways to combat them.
In this post, Handyman Connection® of Lexington discusses how you can improve your basement’s air quality.
Fix the Issue
The first thing you should do when trying to get rid of the foul odors in your basement is by searching for the source of it. If there’s any mold or mildew growing in the room, get a professional to clean it immediately. If the reason for the smell is sewer gas, then have someone fix it. The important thing is that you get rid of the cause first before moving on to the next steps.
Once the source of the odors has been removed or fixed, you can now install various air systems to improve basement air quality. Start by changing your furnace’s air filters. The dust cake from the filter can get moldy so it’s best you replace your old air filter as soon as possible.
Dehumidifiers are another solution to making your basement air fresh. A good dehumidifier will eliminate the stuffy basement feeling and reduce the humidity of the room. Dehumidifiers remove moisture and limit mold growth, but they’re not very energy-efficient. So, if you don’t mind paying a little extra on your bills, a dehumidifier may be the answer to your problems.
Energy Recovery Ventilators
Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV) are the best – but rather costly – options for improving your basement’s air quality. An ERV delivers fresh air into your home’s interior and allows moisture to be transferred to a dryer air stream. Despite the costly installation, an ERV is still your best option due to its low operating costs, bringing you energy efficiency and clean air at the same time.
Turn to Handyman Connection of Lexington for your home improvement needs. We are your leading provider of carpentry and fence installation services. Give us a call at (859) 274-4477, or fill out our contact form to request an estimate.