We are a 2nd generation family owned and operated business that has been working in homes with basements and crawl spaces for over 35 years.  We have been waterproofing and sealing about 500 foundations a month during that time as the largest Waterproofing contractor in the Midwest with 15 locations servicing 8 states. 20 years ago we would seal a foundation and recommend a standard dehumidifier to address the additional water vapor (humidity in the air) inherently found in below grade environments, such as basements and crawlspaces.  Back then, dehumidifiers were the industry standard to help with this problem. However, many of our customers were looking to us as the “foundation expert”, asking… “What else do you have? I really am not getting results with this messy, expensive dehumidifier. My foundation is dry, walls are dry, floor is dry, so why does it still smell and feel like a basement?”  We needed to find something better. Our company’s core values include offering world class customer service to every customer, every time.   So, we challenged our Research and Development department to find a real solution for our customers to combat not only the moisture, but also the odors, pollutants and unhealthy environment our customers were concerned about. We found, tested and installed a ventilation product for a period of three years. We private labeled that product as the EZ Breathe Ventilation System. The feedback in those first three years from our customers, as well as our installation crews, did not live up to the standard of quality to be included in our waterproofing process that offered a life time warranty. Once again, we needed something better. We valued not only the results, but what we were learning from our customers. So, we went back to the drawing board, took matters into our own hands and made quality improvements to that first generation ventilation unit. Our own EZ Breathe Ventilation System was born…reengineered, redesigned and much improved! We quickly learned that our crews were thrilled with the quality improvements, ease of operation and installation, but more importantly, our waterproofing customers loved the new, improved EZ Breathe unit as well. Their feedback told us the air in their basements and crawlspaces felt better, but their entire home was benefiting from their EZ Breathe as well. We received countless letters thanking us because their whole house felt different, less odors, fresher air upstairs too, family members were feeling better, needing less allergy medicine, husbands were no longer snoring, children were no longer coughing as much, the home and it’s family were living healthier lives! It was time for us to move beyond simply offering this innovative technology to just our waterproofing customers. Our passion and commitment to helping people improve their indoor air environments is what drove us to incorporate EZ Breathe Ventilation Systems as an independent company in 2003. We strongly believe that homeowners everywhere deserve a healthy indoor air quality. We have spent the last 15 years dedicated to learning about the relationship between our home and our health; indoor air quality, the home as a system, building science and how it relates to indoor air quality as well as the challenges our modern day practices pose to the quality of air we breathe in our homes.

My Rental Made Me Sick!

I think, in fact, my rental car did make me sick! And I am going to tell you why I know this to be true in order to help you avoid the same thing happening to you.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to a dear friend’s daughter’s wedding in Utah. I was so excited to witness what was sure to be a wonderful celebration uniting not only two people in love, but also the marriage of two incredible cultures steeped in rich tradition and two large, loving, supportive families. Kelsie and Laki (names are changed to protect their identities) come from two very different cultures. She from a large family very active in their Church of Latter-Day Saints community and he, from the Polynesian, Samoan culture. This was a wedding not to be missed held at a beautiful ranch in the mountains of Utah. I couldn’t wait!

I had to travel from my midwestern hometown to Salt Lake City, UT to attend the wedding. My travel day was gratefully uneventful – gotta appreciate that in these days of flight delays, ground stops, staffing shortages and other challenges to airline travel. I was feeling grateful that all went smoothly, arriving shortly before noon local time. I must be livin’ right, I thought!

Upon arrival in Salt Lake City, Utah I collected my rental car without incident, highlighting the few scratches I saw on the driver’s side door to the efficient rental car representative helping me load my luggage. He noted the scratches, and I was on my way.

When I got in the car, I noticed it had a bit of an odor, a fragrance or sorts, reminding me of cheap men’s cologne that lingers in the nostrils for hours. It brought me right back to 1993, Spring Break at Carlos and Charlies where co-eds famously drank too much tequila, danced on a too crowded dance floor and doused themselves with too much cheap cologne! I had assumed that the odor may have been left over from whomever cleaned the vehicle and the smell would dissipate once I started the car, opened windows and got the air moving.

I was dead wrong about that. The smell never went away. Even getting stronger when I turned up the fan as I desperately tried to air out the car with the fan on high and windows open to provide a path of escape for this awful air. I noticed I had developed a slight headache behind my right eye, like someone was stabbing me with a sharp knife! I have been in the Indoor Air Quality industry for the last two decades, so I know a thing or two about the consequences of breathing contaminated indoor air quality and it was starting to happen to me. Headache, dizziness, nausea, etc. I became acutely aware that I was breathing the 100s of chemicals found in home/car “fragrances” that are designed to mask unpleasant odors.

Our company has been providing ventilation solutions to homeowners for over 20 years now. I understand the importance of contaminant removal by creating air exchanges near or at the source of contamination. I know how to do this…why was it not working?!?!? I stopped more than three times on my 2 hour drive to see if I could locate the source of the odor. I knew if I could find what was creating this noxious smell, I could remedy the situation. No such luck. My headache was getting more intense with every passing moment.

Upon arrival at my destination, I was beyond thrilled to get out of that car and breathe in the fresh mountain air and see all my friends gathered in that way that only the excitement of a wedding creates.  Much to my distress, the headache, dizziness and nausea lingered into dinner. I realized at one point that nausea was growing in intensity. Unable to eat as I felt so ill, I excused myself from the table and spent the next hour and half in the restroom getting violently ill.  WHAT THE?!?!?!

I’ve spent the last 20 years educating our team and others on the detrimental health consequences of poor indoor air quality as contaminated indoor air has been named one of the top 3 health concerns by the US Environmental Protection Agency. I found it quite ironic that there I was bent over a restroom toilet feeling all the nasty effects of breathing that polluted indoor air. I had literally been trapped in that rental car forced to breathe dirty, polluted indoor air. Not unlike our many customers who are at their wits end with all the trapped chemicals and pollutants recirculating through their indoor environments.

I had always known this was what the experts warned against, I preached to anyone who would listen that breathing dirty, polluted indoor air was bad for our health, but I had never experienced it like this for myself. I will never pull out of a rental car lot again with a car that has an odor or “freshener” scent and I encourage you not to as well!

I went to bed that night with a renewed enthusiasm to do all I can to help educate and inform as many people as possible about the detrimental health consequences of breathing contaminated air, especially when it comes to so called “air fresheners”. I woke up the next morning feeling much better and did my best to stay out of that car for the next few days. What I found so interesting as I sat at the wedding surrounded by the aroma of roses, frangipani, and other flowers present was that these smells cannot be duplicated or substituted by chemicals, nothing smells as wonderful as the actual flower…why bother with the fake stuff full of toxins when you know it can (and will) make you sick!

– Erika Lacroix, Indoor Air Quality Advocate

How I know it was the car that made me sick:

“Volatile organic compounds and other chemicals contribute to poor indoor quality that causes or contributes to health concerns such as asthma, headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue, it’s extremely important to understand the role of proper ventilation or air exchanges.” – US EPA

“The majority of home and car air fresheners are created with Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). These are synthetic chemicals that can stay suspended in air. The EPA lists a number of possible adverse effects of exposure to VOCs including headaches, loss of coordination, nausea, liver, kidney, and central nervous system damage, cancer, and more.”  – National Motorists Assoc.

“Indoor air is on average two to five times more polluted than the air outdoors and can be up to 100 times more.” – US EPA

Read more here: Hazards of Car Air Fresheners – How to Stay Safe – National Motorists Association

Volatile chemical emissions from car air fresheners; Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health. Aug 4, 2020

”Air fresheners, used in a variety of indoor environments, emit a range of volatile chemicals, including some classified as hazardous. However, little is known about the emissions from air fresheners designed for use in cars. This study investigates the volatile organic compounds emitted from car air fresheners, identifies potentially hazardous compounds, compares emissions between so-called natural and regular versions, and assesses whether ingredients are disclosed. Using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, 12 car air fresheners were analyzed for their volatile emissions. Air freshener types included car vent clips, wraps, hanging ornaments, cans, and spray. Results reveal that the air fresheners collectively emitted 546 VOCs with 30 VOCs classified as potentially hazardous. All air freshener types emitted one or more potentially hazardous compounds. Comparing regular air fresheners with so-called natural or green air fresheners, no significant difference was found in the emissions of hazardous compounds. Notably, all products emitted at least one VOC classified as potentially hazardous. Among all of the 546 compounds emitted, fewer than 2% of all VOCs, and none of the potentially hazardous VOCs, were disclosed on any product label or safety data sheet. This study reveals that car air fresheners can be a source of exposure to numerous volatile compounds, including potentially hazardous VOCs, most of which are undisclosed. Of particular concern for human exposure is the small and enclosed breathing space within vehicles, as well as involuntary exposure in commercial vehicles such as taxi cabs and rideshares.”

  • Anne Steinemann,
  • Neda Nematollahi,
  • Justine Lew Weinberg,
  • Jennifer Flattery,
  • Nigel Goodman &
  • Spas D. Kolev

Musty Basement Smell Explained

Musty Basement Smell Explained

The Musty Basement Smell is a sign of a greater problem

  • You can’t have a healthy home with a musty basement smell
  • A healthy home needs a healthy basement, you can’t have one without the other
  • The main house is above ground and has plenty of air circulation from the windows and doors being opened and closed each day
  • The musty basement smell is of major concern because it affects the health of all the residents in the home
  • Dryness is paramount of a healthy basementmusty-basement-smell-ez-breathe-ventilation-system-1

How do I know if I have mold?

  • Trust your senses. If something smells funny or bad there is a reason for it. The nose knows.
  • That musty basement smell is a giveaway that something is wrong. If you think you have a mold problem, you probably do.
  • Mold spores and bacteria cultures that form on wet surfaces can expose serious health problems to you and your family.
  • You can’t stop the musty basement smell unless you control the water and the moisture.
  • Once the wet basement is under control deal with the water vapor and humidity
  • To remove the water vapor and humidity in the basement a ventilation system is required
  • A ventilation system will replace the air in the basement with fresher air from the upper floors 
  • Ventilation is necessary to maintaining good Indoor Air Quality and eliminating that musty basement smell


The EZ Breathe Ventilation System removes musty basement smell

When it comes to removing indoor air pollution and humidity you need a ventilation system that works year round. The EZ Breathe Ventilation System is a whole house ventilation system that expels the dampest, most humid & contaminated air from your basement to the outside. It replaces the air in the basement with fresher air from the upper floors four to six times per day automatically with no bucket to empty or filter to replace. This will improve the overall IAQ in the basement and the entire home.

Contact the Professionals at EZ Breathe Ventilation System Today! 866-822-7328

The Stinky Truth About Fragrance

The Stinky Truth About Fragrance

By: Lisa Beres

Mrs. Beasley. That was my teacher’s name. Actually, I think that was the name of a “Family Affair” TV sitcom-inspired Mattel doll that talked when you pulled a string. A quick search on eBay and it becomes clear this doll, clad with a wise smile and square black-rimmed glasses could easily pose as a teacher. But, since my kindergarten teacher’s actual name is stuffed somewhere deep in my five-year-old memory, let’s just go with Beasley. Unlike the doll, my Mrs. Beasley was bright, vivacious and smelled divine.

My freshly divorced, single mom-of-three was working full time and struggling to make ends meet, so spending my days in a Boston suburb with Mrs. Beasley was a welcome escape—that and kissing my tot-of-a-boyfriend, Johnathan, at the top of the indoor treehouse, but I digress.

I can’t remember exactly what I loved about Mrs. Beasley, but apparently, it was enough to steal. No, not your European gypsy child-decoy kind of theft, more of an adolescent brain that assumed pocketing perfume bottles from her mother’s dresser and regifting them to Mrs. Beasley wasn’t just acceptable, but revered. My tiny fingers and little heart certainly meant well and Mrs. Beasley was none the wiser. Hence, my pirating-perfume presents continued while Mrs. Beasley filled the classroom with aromatic aromas, until parent-teacher night that is. You may think you know how the rest of the story goes.

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5 Steps Mold Experts Use to Safely Remove Black Mold in Basement 

5 Steps Mold Experts Use to Safely Remove Black Mold in Basement 

If your basement is damp or was recently flooded, you are at an increased risk of developing health problems such as allergies, coughing and sneezing, chronic fatigue, and a host of respiratory problems due to the growth of black mold.

And it is not only that; black mold in basement also causes damage to various structures in the basement, including walls, basement boards, wooden items, and others. To avoid the damage caused by black mold in basement, you should call mold removal experts the moment you notice musty odors in your basement.black-mold-in-basement-ez-breathe-1

Mold removal experts understand how mold grows and how it should be safely removed. They can help you get rid of mold, even in cases where the mold is hidden. Here are some of the steps they follow.

  1. Identifying the location of the mold

Black mold and other types of mold often grow in areas that are humid or which have been exposed to water. Notable areas include basements, bathrooms, sinks, window sills, and other areas.

In basements, black mold is likely to be found in wet walls and floors, on the ceiling where condensation occurs, and on wooden surfaces, which have the tendency to absorb moisture. While it is not always possible to see all mold growths with the naked eye, mold experts have mold testing kits that make identification easy.

  1. Applying antimicrobials

Once the places that have mold have been identified, mold experts apply antimicrobials to kill all the mold. This includes mold infestations that are still not visible and any existing mold spores.black-mold-in-basement-ez-breathe-2

  1. Containment

Even after applying antimicrobials, it is possible that mold particles that are contained in humid air will spread quickly to other areas. Therefore, mold removal technicians will use containment measures to ensure that spores of black mold in basement do not spread to other areas in your home. Containment involves isolating the area that has had a mold infestation. 

  1. Filtration of air

Your mold removal company will use technologies such as HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers to clean air and ensure that it is completely free of mold spores. HEPA filtration also helps remove dust and microbial volatile organic compounds from the air.

  1. Removing all materials and cleaning up

In many cases, the most effective way to guarantee proper mold remediation is to thoroughly clean up and get rid of the affected materials. This will help ensure that your basement does not become infested with mold again.

Contact the Professionals at EZ Breathe Today! 866-822-7328

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May Is Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

Take a deep breath in….aaaaaand exhale out….

Now, think about the fact that you will do that approximately 22,000-25,000 times EACH DAY.  That equates to 3,200 gallons of air you will breathe per day (about the same amount of gallons of water that’s in a 20’x40’ in-ground pool!).

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Compare that to what you drink & eat. 

  • You drink an average of 3 ½ cups of liquid per day
  • You eat an average of 5 ½ lbs. of food per day.

We put a lot of consideration in to the kinds of food & drink we put in our body, but do we do the same with the air we breathe?

The foods we eat come with Nutrition Information, or what I like to call, an “Ingredients Disclosure”.  What if our house had the same thing?  What would be listed in your home’s Ingredients Disclosure?

Studies show that the air in our homes are, at a minimum, 5 times more polluted than the air outside.  And we are breathing 3,200 gallons of that air every day.  What are you doing about that?

air fresheners & spray - ezbreatheSome of the most common “solutions” actually make the indoor environment worse.  Things like candles, plug in air fresheners & sprays actually add dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in to our home.  Standard vacuums (without HEPA filtration), actually take the fine dirt particles & chemical compounds from the floor & introduce them in to the air.  While you mean well, there’s a very good chance you are making the indoor environment less healthy. 

According to the US EPA, improving IAQ involves a combination of Source Control & Ventilation.  Source control means eliminating the source.  Sometimes, this can be as simple as stop using and getting rid of the air fresheners, sprays, candles & plug ins. 

Ventilation is a must.  And, it is key to improving your indoor air quality. Installing a whole house ventilation system to flush out all that stagnant, polluted, unhealthy air will allow for fresher, cleaner air into the home. Removing indoor pollutants, such as asthma and allergy triggers, fumes from cleaning products, gases emitted from paint/carpet/etc. (VOCs), carbon dioxide, airborne particles, pet dander, smoke and odors from cooking, moisture from bathing, cooking, foundations etc. significantly improves the indoor air we breathe. We know enough to vent our bathrooms & kitchens with required exhaust ventilation systems.

The question is not whether to ventilate or not to ventilate. The question is, how much ventilation we need?  A whole house mechanical ventilation system allows you to customize the amount of air exchanged in the home.

Our homes are not only our single biggest financial investment, but it is where we live, breathe, sleep & create memories.  It’s time to give our homes the care & attention they need, our health depends on it.


Toxic Black Mold and EZBreathe Ventilation

Toxic Black Mold and EZBreathe Ventilation

Toxic black mold is bad. The EZBreathe Ventilation System is good. Black mold is technically called Stachybotrys Chartarum. Because Stachybotrys Chartarum is hard to remember and doesn’t sound very ominous, many people prefer to use the term Black Mold.

Toxic black mold is an asexually reproducing fungus that is known to grow rapidly on water soaked building materials like drywall. Wet basements with little or no ventilation provide perfect growing conditions for black mold also known as “Toxic Black Mold.” Black mold is a black and slimy looking stain on a wall that is probably damp. However when dry it can appear more greyish and powdery in appearance.ez-breathe-ventilation-system-ez-breathe-ventilation-system-1

What is the difference between black mold and toxic black mold?

Stachybotrys is a toxic mold because it produces toxins called mycotoxins. Black mold is toxic to humans but the level of toxicity is dependent upon the length of exposure and volume of spores inhaled or ingested, as well as the individuals’ health. People with compromised immune systems as well as the very young or the very old can be more susceptible. What I am saying is the amount of mold taken into the body in relation to the person’s health makes it more or less toxic.

Mold inhalation symptoms can range from fatigue or headaches, to irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, as well as chronic cough. When combined with an allergic reaction, symptoms can include nausea and vomiting.

How do I know if I have mold?

Trust your senses. If something smells funny or bad there is a reason for it. The nose knows. That musty basement smell is a giveaway that something is wrong. If you think you have a mold problem, you probably do. Mold spores and bacteria cultures that form on wet surfaces can expose serious health problems to you and your family. The elderly, those with allergies and those with weak immune systems are vulnerable to a variety of illnesses due to mold spores and bacteria caused by a damp basement.ez-breathe-ventilation-system-ez-breathe-ventilation-system-2

Can my basement be made safe from mold?

Think of clean air in the basement being contaminated by mold. The mold spores are added to the clean air. The added mold spores are condensed in the basement. Air because that’s where the mold is and the air is mostly stagnant. The moldy air must be diluted if not removed altogether. Therefore, the movement of air out of the basement brings in new air to lessen the concentrations of mold spores and improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). This is known as ventilation. Ventilation is necessary to maintaining good IAQ.

When it comes to removing indoor air pollution and humidity you need a ventilation system that works year round. The EZBreathe Ventilation System is a whole house ventilation system that expels the dampest, most humid and contaminated air from your basement to the outside. It replaces the air in the basement with fresher air from the upper floors four to six times per day automatically with no bucket to empty or filter to replace. This will improve the overall IAQ in the basement and the entire home.

Contact the Professionals at EZ Breathe Ventilation System Today! 866-822-7328


3 Odors That are Hazardous to Your Health

3 Odors That are Hazardous to Your Health

Every home has a smell. Many of us try to ensure our homes smell fresh by keeping them clean and using air fresheners and scent diffusers. However, sometimes odors in the home are much more than simple odors. They can be an indication of hazards in your home that could cause a health problem. These odors are an indication of poor indoor air quality and should be addressed as soon as possible.

1. Paint smells

The smell of fresh paint can be exhilarating for some people. However, this odor is an indication of poor indoor air quality and could affect your health in the long term if not addressed. The odor is a result of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released into the air as the paint dries. VOCs have been linkedindoor-air-quality-ez-breathe-1 to the development of various forms of cancer.

It is important to ensure proper ventilation in your home while painting. Be sure to leave the windows and doors open. Proper ventilation is important even when only a small area has been painted.

2. Musty smells

Musty or dusty smells are common in humid environments such as kitchens, basements, bathrooms, and even in cupboards that aren’t open often. This odor is often an indication of a mold or mildew infestation. Mold and mildew are hazardous to human health. Mold spores are distributed in the air and can cause severe allergies as well as respiratory problems. Black mold is especially hazardous to your health.

If you notice a musty smell, it is important to contact a mold remediation contractor to have your home inspected as soon as possible. Invest in mold remediation to get rid of mold and address the issues that caused the infestation in the first place. These may include leaky pipes or poorindoor-air-quality-ez-breathe-2 circulation in your home leading to the accumulation of moisture.

3. Pickle odors

Does your home have a strong pickle odor? This may be an indication of formaldehyde in the air. Formaldehyde is present in many products used in the manufacture of household products, such as disinfectants, resins, fixatives, preservatives, and adhesives. Formaldehyde is therefore, present in building and flooding products, paneling, carpeting, pressed wood furniture, upholstery, and many other products around the home.

Formaldehyde is a VOC and is considered carcinogenic. It is important to ensure that your home is well ventilated to reduce exposure to this carcinogen.

Investing in an EZ breathe whole home ventilation system will help to improve indoor air quality and reduce your exposure to hazards to your health.

Contact the Professionals at EZ Breathe Today! 866-822-7328


Types of Dehumidifiers

Types of Dehumidifiers

Dehumidifiers play a vital role in maintaining good indoor air quality. A dehumidifier will help you control indoor humidity levels and prevent the growth of mold and mildew in your home. There are various factors you will need to consider when choosing a dehumidifier for your home. Amongst these factors is the type of dehumidifier to use for your space.  The following are some types of dehumidifiers to consider.

  • Refrigerator style dehumidifiers

These dehumidifiers remove excess moisture from the air by cooling it down to a temperature where the moisture condenses out of the air. The dehumidifiers have a filter unit through which air is passed to remove dirt, dust, and allergens. The air then passes over a set of coils that cool it down enough to condense moisture. The water is collected in a collectiondehumidifiers-ez-breathe-1 tank, and the dry air is exhausted into the room.

These dehumidifiers are great for warm and humid climates. The collection tank must be emptied regularly, especially if you live in an area with high humidity. They come with a humidistat which can help you set the humidity levels you want to maintain in your space.

  • Desiccant dehumidifiers

These are ideal for those living in cool and humid climates. Like refrigerator-style dehumidifiers, the air is passed through a filter to get rid of particulates. It is then passed over a desiccant. This is a chemical agent that absorbs moisture from the air. The dry air is then exhausted back into the room.

These types of dehumidifiers are more common in commercial settings. They are also a good choice for those in colder climates where the coils in a refrigerator-dehumidifiers-ez-breathe-2style dehumidifier would end up freezing.

  • Heat pump dehumidifiers

These work in a similar way as refrigerator-style dehumidifiers. However, these units have a heating unit. The air is drawn into the dehumidifier by a fan. It is filtered and passed over cold coils to condense the moisture out. The dry air is then passed over hot coils to warm it before it is exhausted back into the room.

These dehumidifiers are ideal for maintaining warm and comfortable temperatures in the space. They ensure that you maintain the temperature in your space.  

  • Whole house dehumidifiers

These work much the same way as an air conditioner. They help to get rid of excess moisture in air in the entire house. They are connected to existing HVAC systems ductwork. However, there are some units that work as standalone units.

Talk to a professional to determine the best type of dehumidifier for your space.

Contact the Professionals at EZ Breathe Today! 866-822-7328

Healthy Homes Awareness Month: ‘Project of the Week’

Healthy Homes Awareness Month: ‘Project of the Week’

When you think of your health, your home is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, where you live is an essential part of your health. In fact, this is so true that 5 years ago, the Governor of Ohio declared April “Healthy Homes Awareness Month.” A healthy home is designed, built, and maintained to support health while preventing disease and injury. There are many aspects of a home that make it healthy. To assess your home for potential health risks or safety hazards, conduct a Healthy Homes Environmental Visual Assessment of your home.

Recently, Erika Lacroix was on the ‘Project of the Week’ segment on the Gary Sullivan show. Listen to the entire segment below:


Indoor Air Quality – Questions to Ask to Choose the Best Placement for Your Dehumidifier in Your Crawlspace

Indoor Air Quality – Questions to Ask to Choose the Best Placement for Your Dehumidifier in Your Crawlspace

Investing in a dehumidifier is a necessity for a healthy crawlspace as well as for good indoor air quality. It is a well-known fact that the conditions in the crawlspace will have a direct impact on the quality of the air in the living space above. Dehumidifiers help to remove excess moisture from the air in the crawlspace. They play a key role in keeping the crawlspace dry and mold free. Dehumidifiers therefore help in maintaining good indoor air quality in the home.indoor-air-quality-ez-breathe-ventilation-system-1

For many homeowners, the placement of the dehumidifier in the crawlspace simply isn’t that important. They believe that simply placing the unit anywhere in the crawlspace will do. However, where you locate the unit is actually quite important.

The problem with poor placement

Many homeowners don’t realize that dehumidifiers produce a sound when operating. This sound can be loud depending on where the unit is located and the time of day. For example, if the unit is located under your bedroom, the noise is likely to disrupt your sleep when the unit is operating at night.

It is also important to note that dehumidifiers are generally inexpensive to run. However, their location within the crawlspace will have an impact on their efficiency. A unit that runs constantly will have a big impact on your power bill.indoor-air-quality-ez-breathe-ventilation-system-2

Choosing the best placement for your dehumidifier

There are several questions you should ask when locating a dehumidifier in the crawlspace.

  1. Will anything obstruct the dehumidifier? Place the dehumidifier in a location that is free of obstacles. There should be no piers or walls blocking air flow. This will ensure more efficient operation of the dehumidifier.
  2. Which rooms are above the dehumidifier? It is important to consider how the dehumidifier will affect the activities in the room above the space. It is best to avoid locating the dehumidifier below bedrooms to avoid disrupting sleep when the unit is working at night.
  3. Is there level ground? The unit should be installed on level and solid ground. This will have an impact on the level of noise produced by the unit during operation. A unit installed on uneven ground will also not function as efficiently.

Work with a crawlspace waterproofing expert to ensure that you place your dehumidifier in the best location. A well placed dehumidifier will mean better indoor air quality and lower energy bills.

Contact the Professionals at EZ Breathe Ventilation System Today! 866-822-7328