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Finishing our basement last year was a great move. The kids now have the area to hang out with their friends separate from chopping up my wash house. When they were younger, they could entertain friends in their bedrooms or the backyard. But, now that they’re women, they need a designated hang out space. I wanted it to be here, in the house, where I could keep an eye on who was coming over. I just didn’t want a bunch of teens all over my residing room or under foot in the home office. Now, they have their own area and most people in the home is cheerful. All of us also put in a full lavatory and guest bedroom in the basement. That’s a sizable bonus when the Grandparents come to visit at the holidays. I did notice that it gets a little musty downstairs when the weather is warmer. I want to add a whole home dehumidifier to our existing HVAC plan to deal with the problem. I had the guy who installed our HVAC plan out for an estimate. He can get it done in a single afternoon. He said he’ll wire the dehumidifier to our air handler so that the fan runs whenever the dehumidifier turns on. This way all of us won’t have to run more HVAC duct into the residing space. Dry air will flow through the existing air ducts. All of us will have to run the air handler fan, however only when the humidity level calls for it. I’m ecstatic all of us won’t have to have more construction. My HVAC guy did a great task when all of us did the renovation last year, so I’m taking his recommendation for adding the humidifier to the existing heating and cooling system. Once that’s done, the basement should be perfect.

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