If your home has a basement but there’s nothing down those steps except scary stuff and dampness, you have the power at your fingertips to change that dark cavern into something everyone in the family can enjoy!
Well, the first step is to get rid of the dampness - and that's especially important if it has a musty, mildewy smell or the floors are slippery or windows misty because of condensation on the insides of the windows because all those situations can lead to some really bid problems (spell that M-O-L-D).
Consider investing in a dehumidifier to remove the moisture. One tip is to attach a drain hose so the unit doesn't turn off when the reservoir gets full. It'll just drain away as it takes the moisture from the air.
Once you've addressed excess moisture, add some creativity and elbow grease with a little renovation.
Utilizing a basement for family living not only adds a considerable amount of square footage, comfort and versatility to daily life, it also adds to the overall value of your property:
•Is the laundry in your home piled higher than your head? Consider building the perfect laundry room! Move the washer and dryer to the basement. Add a wash basin, shelves for detergents and cleaning supplies as well as an area to hang clothing.
•Get nailed in the head by flying objects when opening closet doors? Consider building storage areas in the basement for sports equipment, next season’s clothing and holiday decorations.
•Not enough bedrooms? Or maybe the kids need a larger play space? Look at using the basement for either or both of these needs.
The AirFlow Breeze register vent booster fan does the work of getting the air from the HVAC system into the new space so not only will the humidity level be perfect, so will the temperature level. You might just find your family "goes subterranean" this year!
-Elaine of the AirFlow Technology Blog Team
AirFlow Technology is committed to finding ways to make all the rooms - even basements - comfortable rooms in your home!