Green Building Q&A: Moisture challenges in my basement
My home was built in 1996. Split level, 1040 square feet. No central air or air conditioning. We have always had moisture issues with our basement. Cool in the basement, on hot days, just as hot upstairs. Our bedrooms are in the basement, the basement is completely finished however the floor is cement. We thought we sealed it years ago, but apparently not. We try to control humidity with a dehumidifier however its not economical nor does it work well. Our bed seem to draw moisture, we have stapled plastic to all our bed frames to protect our beds (box frame), any wood is sealed with kilz 2 to prevent mold. However our blankets,pillows, rugs etc always smell musty. Our basement in general doesn't smell all that great! So to try deal with the smell the windows are always open - defeating the purpose of a humidifier. Any suggestions? Some say central air would solve the problem?