I really do have ideas

Finishing our basement last year was a great move. The kids now have the space to hang out with their friends separate from cutting up my wash house. When they were younger, they could entertain friends in their kitchens or the backyard. But, now that they’re kids, 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 home office or under foot in the living room. Now, they have their own space & everyone in the home is happy. The people I was with and I also put in a full bathroom & guest kitchen 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 Heating, Ventilation, & A/C system to deal with the problem. I had the person who installed our Heating, Ventilation, & A/C system out for an estimate. He can get it done in one afternoon. He said he’ll wire the dehumidifier to our air handler so that the fan runs whenever the dehumidifier turns on. This way both of us won’t have to run more ductwork into the living space, dry air will flow through the existing air ducts. The people I was with and I will have to run the air handler fan, however only when the humidity level calls for it. I’m thrilled both of us won’t have to have more construction. My Heating, Ventilation, & A/C person did a great job when both of us did the renovation last year, so I’m taking his recommendation for adding the humidifier to the existing heating & cooling system. Once that’s done, the basement should be perfect.

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