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Old 08-09-2015, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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Nope, I'm not a struggling Millennial living at home. I've converted about half of a large house for rental income, and since the basement suite is the hardest part to rent, it's where I usually wind up.

I'm well-accustomed to sleeping with an open window and unfortunately, the redesign of the house hasn't left any. I often wake up after 4-6 hours (I'll be 66 years of age in about two months), and have trouble falling asleep again. I leave the bedroom door about half open and run the bathroom exhaust constantly to circulate the air, but it doesn't seem to help.

Assuming the rental effort gains ground and additional space can be converted, we'll eventually install a central cooling system. But for now, I'm stuck downstairs unless the place is completely vacant. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

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Old 08-09-2015, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Are you having a health problem or a comfort problem. This is the health forum.
I'd say you'd get better results in the House forum for comfort answers.
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Old 08-09-2015, 10:56 PM
 
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Is it the temperature which is the problem? Too hot?

If yes, install a window air conditioner - those can be installed in a basement too.

And/or install a window for your basement like this...
http://content.angieslist.com/2013/4...7e6a11eaae.jpg

They also make "not too expensive" portable A/C units which just need a vent hose to the outside like this...
http://www.cleaning-guide.com/images...ner-window.jpg

Portable Air Conditioners: Portable Air Conditioner, AC - Best Buy

More expensive is a "mini-split" A/C system.
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Old 08-10-2015, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Try a fan, for air movement. Generally basements are cooler, so it could just be stagnate air!
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Old 08-10-2015, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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They're aren't any windows down there?
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Old 08-10-2015, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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They're aren't any windows down there?
There was one; it had to be taken out to make room for a separate entrance to the apartment. The rooms remain cool in the hottest weather, BTW, and I had a heavy-duty dehumidifier installed.
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Old 08-11-2015, 05:28 PM
 
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There was one; it had to be taken out to make room for a separate entrance to the apartment.
In my jurisdiction, basement bedrooms resulting from a remodel or conversion must have a window (of a minimum size) for emergency responders to gain access. Are you sure your windowless bedroom is legal?
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Old 08-11-2015, 05:36 PM
 
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There was one; it had to be taken out to make room for a separate entrance to the apartment. The rooms remain cool in the hottest weather, BTW, and I had a heavy-duty dehumidifier installed.
I do not know about where you live...But where I live it would be illegal to have a sleeping room in the basement without an egress window. Plus, you do not want a basement without some air circulation, unless you have a different kind of basement, they get stagnant and musty and molds can develop.

I realize it is for economic reasons that you are doing this, but your health and well being come first....
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Old 08-11-2015, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I think that's illegal everywhere. At least he's not renting the apartment.

2nd trick op, would you have to go through the foundation wall to put in some sort of vent? Do you ever leave the outside door open? You need some fresh air in there.
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Old 08-11-2015, 08:24 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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There was one; it had to be taken out to make room for a separate entrance to the apartment. The rooms remain cool in the hottest weather, BTW, and I had a heavy-duty dehumidifier installed.
If you had to take the window out to install an outside door, what about getting a screen door so you can sleep with the door open? A security steel door, the kind with bars or decorative metal work and then a screen, so that you could lock it and the apartment would remain secure but allow air to pass through.
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