Most people use cellars to store wine or goods not used on a regular basis. A cellar offers an ideal environment to store and display wines, because it has a more controlled climate than other parts of the house. One of the most important aspects to keep in mind when using a cellar to store wine is humidity. It is essential to control humidity in this kind of environment because it is an enclosed space. The moisture buildup in a cellar could be caused by structural problems or ineffective damp-proofing. One of the most effective ways of eliminating humid air that collects in closed spaces is to offer adequate ventilation. Apart from ensuring the place is well ventilated, the use of a dehumidifier is recommended. A dehumidifier collects the humid air and dries it up. This helps to prevent mildew, mold and musty smells in the cellar. A pump is typically required for cellar or basement dehumidifier installations, in order to pump the collected water from the dehumidifier to the outside of the home (see our Pumps section).
- Inadequate grading
If the ground around a cellar foundation slopes towards the building, water will collect under the cellar. In this situation, the water usually collects near the wall of the cellar, which can create a lot of moisture problems.
- Defective Downspouts and Gutters
If gutters are defective, it means that most of the water will be directed towards the cellar, which creates moisture problems. Homeowners must ensure that there is efficient surface and rainwater drainage.
- Poorly Designed Window Wells
Window wells are supposed to act as drains near the cellar wall and if they are poorly designed it means that water will move towards the foundation and not away from it.
- Improper Drainage and Underslab Ducts
Most existing houses lack subsurface drainage systems and this is why they get moisture problems in their cellars. When heating ducts are put under the cellar floor slab, it can cause moisture problems if the duct is lower than the drainage system.
- Structural Cracks
Concrete blocks and foundations tend to develop cracks after a while, and this can allow water to travel up the walls and floor.
Cellar dehumidifiers are an excellent solution for moisture problems in this part of the house. We offer a range of dehumidifiers that function at low temperatures. These dehumidifiers offer a variety of features such as adjustable humidity settings, remote control, durable casings and the facility for continuous drainage. Depending on the model, some cellar dehumidifiers can function from as low as 2ºC. Other dehumidifiers on offer have eco-friendly refrigerants that help to save on energy costs. Air filters, internal humidistats and LED displays are also found in the advanced models. High capacity dehumidifiers are designed for large cellars and are able to remove up to 24L of water vapor from the air each day. All cellar dehumidifiers provide an automatic shut off feature, which prevents overflow.