This past winter, my family and I moved into a new house. Almost everything in the house is newly redone and finished. There were brand new hardwood floors, a top of the line heating and cooling system, freshly renovated granite countertops, and my favorite–the master bedroom and bathroom. While most of the house was nice and new, the basement was unfinished. I didn’t mind this because it was simply used as a laundry room. I didn’t think it mattered if we kept the concrete and unfinished look, since we would hardly be down there anyways. However, when the summer rolled around, I noticed that the concrete floor and walls would sweat and the air was sticky. Even going down just to run some loads of laundry, I felt gross and damp. After a little online research, I realized that the humidity in the basement was high. The rest of our house is heated and cooled by a central system that includes a dehumidifier, but the vents don’t extend down to the unfinished basement. I didn’t feel like it was a good idea to leave a dark, warm, and wet space in our home. It seemed like the perfect conditions for some type of strange mold or animal to thrive in. I worried that we might have issues healthwise if we left this problem as is. Luckily, I was able to purchase a sort of box unit style dehumidifier. Unlike the ones that attach to your heating and cooling unit, this dehumidifier stands alone. Quite frankly, it has made a huge difference. There is never any noticeable excess of moisture in the air now. Not to mention, the basement actually feels cooler now, too. Even though we didn’t implement any air conditioning, the moisture in the air was making the room feel warmer than it actually was.