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Simple Ways to Reduce Indoor Humidity

Posted by: Cooper MechanicalTuesday, June 28, 2016



Is your home beginning to feel like a jungle? 

Looking out the window on a muggy day in late June, I can see the stickiness in the air. The humidity in Conway and Myrtle Beach can be visible, especially in summer months with extreme heat, where humidity levels can make being outdoors downright miserable.  In the coastal South Carolina region, relative humidity typically ranges from 46% (comfortable) to 92% (very humid) over the course of the year, rarely dropping below 25% (dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid). With high humidity outside, it is possible that some of that excessive moisture is finding its way into your home. 

What are the effects of high indoor humidity? 

When humidity levels start to get above the comfortable 30%-50% range and up toward 60% and higher, you’ll notice it. Things indoors will feel moist and sticky, and you’ll probably see the effects of this excess moisture as well. 

Here’s what you’ll notice: 

  • Condensation on windows, walls or around bathroom plumbing 
  • Mildew and mold may form
  • Uncomfortability may lead to sleep problems 
  • Hair may be frizzy (okay, this isn’t as important as others, but some may disagree) 

Overall, indoor humidity will be noticeable, but there are some things you can do to fix it. 

Here are some low and no-cost solutions to try before you think about moving from Myrtle Beach: 

Airflow: To help evaporate the water in the air, keep it moving.

Turn on ceiling fans and position plug-in fans to move air between rooms in your home. 

Circulating air is less likely to result in condensation.  

Air-Conditioning: Turn your AC thermostat to a “dry” setting, which runs the system’s fans at low speed and your unit’s compressor in intervals to remove excessive moisture from the air. This cycle can help evaporate the moisture without significantly lowering the temperature in your home.   

Replace Filters: Dirty and clogged filters may restrict airflow and ventilation and contribute to excessive indoor humidity.  

Check for Leaks: Check water pipes for condensation and leaks as well as things like your washing machine and dryer vent. Make sure water and moisture that is supposed to leave your home is not leaking in. 

Showers: Try taking shorter or cooler showers to cut down on steam. Although this may not help significantly, long, hot showers aren’t helping anything.  

Nothing’s worked. Now what? If all else fails, you can try a standalone dehumidifier to help reduce the indoor humidity. You can also call a Cooper Mechanical Services professional to come inspect your home. Cooper Mechanical Services provides fast, reliable service at competitive prices. Don’t be sticky and miserable; call Cooper!