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Choosing the right dehumidifier and air filtration system for your basement and or crawl space can improve the health of your home and family.

Would you believe that half of buildings in the United States are water damaged, leading to the growth of mold and the potential for mold illness? Given that most of us spend significant time in a home and indoor workspace, there’s a good chance you’ve been exposed to water damage and mold.

Indoor air pollution is something every home in America struggles with. Since 1970 homes have been built “tighter” to conserve energy. But that same tight construction reduces ventilation, traps indoor air pollutants inside your home and could be making you sick. Here are some facts and statistics regarding your health and your home’s indoor air quality, according to the EPA.

  • You spend about 90% of your time indoors. Weather it is at work, at school and at home, if you are like most people, you spend almost all of your time inside.
  • The quality of indoor air can be two to five times (and even up to 100 times) more polluted than the worst outside air. Most people recognize the health concerns of outside air pollution, but few consider that exposure to poor indoor air quality has the same ill health effects.
  • The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental dangers.
  • Over the years, there has been an alarming increase in the number of children with severe allergies and asthma. Allergies, asthma, lung cancer and heart problems have all been linked to poor air quality by the The American Heart Association.
  • Indoor High Humidity promotes the mold growth - Many studies have shown a link between building dampness and adverse health effects. The larger the extent of the damage is caused by humidity in the building, that increase health risks. These risks and effects range from respiratory symptoms and infections, to chronic diseases, such as asthma and allergy. General symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, headache and difficulty to concentrate have also been reported and associated with indoor dampness.

What can you do?

A dehumidification and air filtration System installed in your basement or crawl space will renew the air you breathe throughout your whole home. Removing the excess moisture in your basement or crawl space will keep humidity down, reducing odors and limiting the growth of mold. Up to 50% of the air you breathe upstairs comes up from below your first floor through a natural occurrence called Stack-Effect. It is important to Keep a healthy level of humidity. Dust mites and mold love moisture. Keeping humidity around 30%-50% helps keep them and other allergens under control.

Choosing the right dehumidifier

• Most dehumidifier are recommended based square footage.
• Most dehumidifiers are not application specific.
• Basements and crawl spaces are susceptible to a significant amount of dampness and humidity from ground moisture
• A typical dehumidifier does not produce enough air flow (CFM) to adequality circulate the air allowing areas in the space to be unaffected.
• Most dehumidifiers are inefficient because they are not designed specifically for basements and or crawl spaces

Choosing the right dehumidifier should be based on the following;

• Proper amount of air flow needed distribute dry/filtered air throughout the entire space.
• Pints per/day removal
• ENERGY STAR® certified
• Large capacity
• Commercial quality
• Designed specifically for basements and crawl spaces
• Ducting options for finished and hard to reach spaces
• A good warranty

Choosing the right Dehumidifier will provide Protection against symptoms of high humidity:

• Mildew
• Mold
• Wood rot
• Musty Odors
• Dust Mites
• Insects and Pests
• Buckling Floors
• High heating and Cooling Costs

WiseAire Dehumidifier and Air Filtration System

We recommend the WiseAire line of dehumidification and air filtration systems for both basements and crawl spaces. Grate Products has tested and approved both of these systems as being dependable and reliable for removing moisture in basements and crawl spaces. The WiseAire line of dehumidifiers and air filtration systems can only be purchased through a Healthy Basement CrawlSpace Contractor.


The WiseAire90 is an ultra efficient, powerful dehumidification and air filtration system which removes 90 pints of moisture per day from your basement, the largest dehumidifier in the WiseAire line. With a 370 CFM of airflow, the WiseAire90 is strong enough to dehumidify up to 15,000 cubic feet and self drains.

• Up to 15,000 Cubic Feet
• Temp. Controlled Defrost
• Inlet or Outlet Ducting
• Hot Gas Bypass
• Energy Star® Listed
• Digital Display
• Auto Restart
• Gravity Drain System



The WiseAire55 is an ultra efficient, powerful dehumidification and air filtration system which removes 55 pints of moisture per day from your basement or crawl space, the most compact dehumidifier in the WiseAire line. Although the 55 is small in size, with a 250 CFM of airflow, it’s powerful enough to maintain the humidity level in a space up to 10,000 cubic feet.

• Up to 10,000 Cubic Feet
• Temp. Controlled Defrost
• Inlet or Outlet Ducting
• Hot Gas Bypass
• Energy Star® Listed
• Digital Display
• Auto Restart
• Gravity Drain System



Contact us to learn more about dehumifieriers and air filtration systems.


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