Dehumidification System For Commercial And Industrial Businesses

Why a Dehumidification System is a Necessity for Commercial or Industrial Businesses

A dehumidification system is essential technology for a variety of worksites, such as restoration and construction worksites. Dehumidification systems designed for commercial or industrial applications offer versatility in their design, accommodating more demanding and potentially hazardous environments. As such, they come complete with a host of features that optimize the system’s safety and efficiency. 

How can Dehumidification Systems Benefit Commercial Applications?

Consider what a dehumidifier is expected to do in a commercial or industrial setting. In these environments, the dehumidifier performs multiple roles, including:

  1. Protecting equipment and product quality – Humidity is a threat to all kinds of products. Pharmaceuticals, food (including pet food), electronics, circuitry, cosmetics, furniture and petrochemicals are just some of the industries that must safeguard their products from excess humidity. Without humidity control, these products may degrade faster or they may be impossible to manufacture in the first place. Microprocessors, for example, must be made in facilities where humidity is tightly controlled. Otherwise, they are more likely to come with significant defects.
    Products are only one consideration, though. The facility’s equipment must also be guarded against too much humidity, as it can cause issues with the equipment’s electronics or mechanical function. A dehumidification system, then, is a critical layer of protection for the facility’s continued productivity.
  2. Ensures workers are comfortable – Most people find it challenging to handle high levels of humidity for long, much less work in those conditions for hours on end. Excess humidity reduces the body’s ability to cool itself, which is potentially dangerous in settings where high temperatures are also present. Keeping humidity at reasonable levels ensures that employees can work longer and with greater focus. It’s something that your employees will appreciate, and happy, comfortable employees tend to be more productive employees.
  3. Creates an optimal environment for material storage – Although manufacturing facilities are designed to create products, package them up and ship them out rapidly, there are plenty of commercial and industrial facilities that must store sensitive materials for extended periods of time. For example, most facilities must store some documentation or raw material for reference or future use. Paper, foodstuffs, paints, chemicals and the like will degrade over time if constantly exposed to excess humidity. Reducing that humidity will ensure important documents and raw materials are kept safe over the long haul.
  4. Controls humidity in areas where it is always present – During construction, for example, it may be impossible to keep humidity from constantly entering the worksite, where it can make workers uncomfortable and interfere with work. Even after construction is finished, humidity can still be a problem if the building has an indoor pool or major water features. A dehumidifier can keep this humidity under control and ensure that rooms with lots of water don’t affect neighboring spaces.
  5. Slows down mold growth – Mold is a persistent issue for buildings, no matter where the building is located, what’s inside of it, or how long it has been around. For the vast majority of buildings, it is only a matter of time before mold is present, but that doesn’t mean that building owners should welcome the fungal invader inside.
    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, mold thrives in buildings where relative humidity is at or above 70 percent for extended periods of time. If humidity is kept below this threshold, it is difficult for the mold to find enough moisture to grow. A dehumidifier, then, provides a valuable measure of defense against fungal contamination.
    Restoration and mold remediation professionals look to dehumidification systems to control mold growth when working. Mold remediation is a major element of proper water damage restoration, as fungal contamination can cause adverse health issues in the building’s occupants. This is particularly true of people with allergies to mold, people who have a compromised immune system or people who are very young or old. Dehumidification systems help protect these people from mold exposure and its resulting symptoms.
  6. Make the building less hospitable to pests – In addition to mold, excess moisture and humidity also draws insects and other pests into the building. Lured in with the promise of water, pests are attracted to buildings where moisture is collecting. Keeping humidity down reduces the chances of moisture pooling anywhere in the building, which robs pests of a source of water, encouraging them to try another building. 

There’s a lot of reasons to consider a dehumidification system for your business, but what kind of dehumidification system should you target?

LGR and desiccant dehumidifiers

The primary decision when selecting a dehumidifier is whether to go with an LGR or desiccant dehumidification system. There are stark differences between the two, so here is a detailed look at each one:

  1. LGR dehumidification systems – LGR, or low grain refrigerant, dehumidifiers work using the principles of condensation. The LGR dehumidifier works by reducing the temperature of the air to below the dew point, which causes moisture to condense out of the air and onto the dehumidifier’s coils. LGR systems are extra efficient because they come with one or more mechanisms to pre-cool the air before it is run over the condenser coils. This gets more moisture out of the air with every pass.
    LGR systems are popular dehumidifying options and work best when the ambient air temperature is between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. LGR systems are also more efficient when humidity levels are higher.
  2. Desiccant dehumidification system – A desiccant system doesn’t rely on condensation or changing the air’s temperature at all. Instead, a desiccant dehumidifier is designed with a rotary wheel that is fitted with silica gel. This is the kind of gel found with new shoes or with some food products. It is extremely effective at pulling moisture out of things, including the air because it is filled with millions of micropores. The presence of the micropores keeps vapor pressure at incredibly low levels inside the gel, so water vapor settles inside the gel due to the pressure gradient. That’s a scientific way of saying that water wants inside the desiccant because there’s much more room inside the gel than outside of it.
    Desiccant systems are a perfect pairing with LGR dehumidifiers, as they can operate efficiently at very low temperatures and in environments where humidity is already low. This makes desiccant systems a strong choice for environments that must maintain ultra-low humidity, like some medical and manufacturing facilities. 

Dehumidification systems can do a lot for a building or worksite, as long as the right one is chosen for the job. Whether performing restoration work, protecting delicate products or just promoting a more comfortable workplace, there is a dehumidification system up for the job. 

This article was published on Friday 02 November, 2018.



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