How to Ventilate Basement

how to ventilate basement

Does your basement have a mildew smell that embarrasses you all the time? Relax! It happens with all of us. Because of the lack of airflow and we have to admit, lack of cleaning and maintenance in most basement areas, it is definitely expected to not have a fragrant basement all the time. But it doesn’t have to be smelly either. You should just learn how to ventilate basement at home. 

There are two ways to ventilate the basement – natural and mechanical.

Natural Method: The natural way to beat the odor in the basement involves opening the channels for fresh air current. This method works for those who have some ventilation possibility in their basements, such as windows and doors. Windows must be opened regularly to allow fresh air to sit in and stale air to move out. A wet basement would need advanced ventilation as it needs space to dry the wetness and moisture from the walls, floor, and ceiling. The natural way of killing the odor is the best thing you can do with your home and family.

Mechanical Method: The mechanical method involves the use of machines such as exhaust fans and vents. Mechanical method is mandatory for homes that have been tested positive for radon, an odorless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in the United States among non-smokers. The EPA recommends that homeowners with radon in their homes consult with their state radon department for information on installing a radon mitigation system.

There are various types of ventilation systems available in the market that you can install to fight off odor and harmful gasses from your house and basement in particular. The best thing that you can do with your basement is to allow fresh air to sit in regularly. Open up windows and doors for at least two hours a day. If there is no possibility of a clean air current, consult an HVAC professional to help you get the best ventilation device for your home.