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can be difficult. Unlike most
professionals, you probably will not
get to meet me until after you hire
me. Different inspectors have
varying qualifications, equipment,
experience, reporting methods, and
yes, different pricing. One thing for
sure is that a home inspection
requires a lot of work. Choose us to
inspect your new home and I
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Controlling Indoor Humidity

Here in the Low Country of South Carolina, humidity
wraps itself around us for many months out of the
year. One familiar phrase you may hear in the South is
"It's close today". This  refers to the icky and sticky
feeling of being in high humidity. Humidity refers to the
amount of moisture vapor in the air, and in excess can
make us feel clammy and sticky. When enjoying the
outdoors, high humidity will prevent us from sweating,
which is the natural cooling process for the body. This
makes the air feel warmer than it actually is.

Humidity does not just stay outdoors however. It
seeps inside our homes, and we add more just by
living.  We increase humidity levels inside our homes
each time we bathe, cook or breathe. Indoor comfort
levels for humidity are generally around 30% to 60%.
Levels below 30% inside the home are considered
too dry, and can cause damages to the structural
integrity of the home as well as being uncomfortable
for occupants. If humidity inside the home is above
60%, (too wet), it also has negative effects on the
home and occupants. Excess humidity may help bring
about heatstroke, headaches, dehydration and heat
exhaustion. Wood flooring can also suffer, with high
humidity causing cupping (a deformation of wood
flooring), which can be expensive to correct. Excess
humidity can easily become a breeding ground for
mold spores, fungus, and can also be an attraction for
insects and rodents.

A common homeowner solution for high humidity is to
simply run the air-conditioner (or heat pump) to cool
the home. This is expensive and does not address the
humidity issue directly. One alternative that produces
higher levels of comfort, while saving energy and
money is to have a whole house dedicated
humidification system installed. Utilizing the home’s
central air distribution system (ductwork), this type
system is programmable to maintain specific humidity
levels, thus allowing for customization of your comfort
level. Installation can be done in new or existing
homes, however a few tips to consider are:
1.  Selecting  a system with a “fan cycling” feature
allows for steady control of humidity and temperature
throughout the entire home and also eliminates hot
and cold spots throughout the home, as well as
improving overall air quality.
2.   You will want a system with a capacity to remove
90 pints of moisture per day from the air.
3.   You may need or want to consider improving your
return air system in the home. Many homes have
central return air vents, and no return vents provided in
bedrooms. This creates an unbalanced system.
Year round humidity control in your home can improve
air quality, building durability, provide economy of
operation, and also increase your comfort all year.

John M. Wickline
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