Commercial Humidification

What is Commercial Humidification

The ideal indoor humidity level of your commercial space should be between 30% and 50%, however, moisture moves in and out of your workplace constantly without your control or knowledge. A whole are commercial humidification system helps keep your workplace’s moisture level exactly where you need it.

Dry air can affect your comfort in a number of different ways. For one thing, you’re likely to notice that your skin feels dried out, and you might even find that you have to apply a lot of lotions and lip balms. However, there are issues that can arise when there is too much moisture in the air as well. Signs that a commercial humidification system may be needed to regulate your moisture levels include:

Signs of Low Humidity

  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Static electricity
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Bacteria
  • Nose Bleeds
  • Dust
  • Dry eyes
  • Cracked wood
  • Indoor pathogens
  • Sore throat

Signs of High Humidity

  • Chipping concrete and masonry
  • Musty and mildew odors
  • Sweating on pipes and ductwork
  • Moisture near doors and windows
  • Warped, cracked or damaged wood
  • Discoloration and condensation near your HVAC system
  • Mold and mildew
  • Damp and stuffy rooms

A commercial humidification system can help to alleviate the discomfort that comes from these issues, and it may even help to keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. In addition, it can also help you to stay healthy. When you get sick, your body has a harder time recovering when your sinuses are dried out.

There is an ever growing realization that commercial buildings and offices need some sort of humidity control in order to provide occupant comfort as well as workplace productivity.

When it comes to having successful a commercial humidification system there are three basic methods to add moisture into the air- steam, water vapor, and water droplets. The humidifiers used in commercial buildings are much more sophisticated than those in residential buildings however the main principles remain the same.

Commercial humidification systems can be units that are localized or they can be compact units located near the distribution piping. It is because of this along with other complex specifications that humidification systems and controls must be installed by a professional. This well help prevent any problems arising due to improper installation from occurring.

Hiring a professional will also allow for a peace of mind when it comes to installing your system to meet the federal, state, and local requirements and standards. The two basic principals required are:

  • All installation shall be in accordance with the manufacturer’s published directions and recommendations.
  • Installation shall either meet or exceed any and all applicable local, state, and federal requirements. As well as conform to any and all codes provided by ordinances of authorities that have jurisdiction.

Benefits of Commercial Humidification

Unlike portable humidifiers that are designed to work in a small more confined area, a commercial humidification system works to automatically measure the humidity levels in your home to determine whether or not moisture needs to be added or removed from the air.

With a commercial humidification system, there is also no need to take away water or add water because this system gets water from your plumbing system and releases water through your drains. Some other benefits include:

  • It moisturizes the air and provides skin and respiratory.
  • It helps to prevent drying and cracking furniture, woodwork, and art.
  • It gives you clean, comfortable air.

There are two different types of commercial humidification systems that people typically choose from and those are bypass humidifiers and power humidifiers. Both operate in a similar way but have a few key differences.

Commercial humidification also comes with many benefits, some of which include:

  • Reduces illnesses and other health issues: Dry and itchy skin along with a dry throat and similar symptoms can be avoided with a humidification system because this system works to prevent germs from being able to enter the body in the first place.
  • Reduces the presence of static electricity: With many people working from home and doing online schooling there are many more electronic devices around. When the air is too dry and it combines with the static electricity being produced it can cause some serious damage.
  • Increases Employee Comfort: When your employees feel comfortable they are much more productive and make less mistakes
  • Lower Heating Costs: Typically warming the air also decreases the amount of moisture in the air as well causing people to feel colder. So having a commercial humidification system in the workplace will help to balance your moisture and temperature levels.

Bypass Humidifier

This type of humidification system hooks onto your furnace’s ductwork. When the furnace blower is running, water gets added to the filtered panel, and then hot air will blow through this panel adding water droplets into the air that is being circulated.

Power Humidifier

This humidifier has a blower that is built-in, which allows it to run whether or not the HVAC unit is running or not. This system creates more moisture in comparison to a bypass humidifier which is why they are typically ideal for larger spaces.

Let us help with your Commercial Humidification Installation and Maintenance

Just like your HVAC system itself, we highly recommend regular humidification maintenance. This helps to ensure that your system is running smoothly and that your system is still meeting the required standards and codes. During this maintenance we will be able to check if your humidity sensor and your range of operation are operating within the recommend humidity within your industry’s guidelines. Our team will then communicate the findings with you and help develop a plan of action if something is not working properly.

The humidification process can be a bit complex, however with over 17 years of experience in the industry our team at Express Tech Air can tackle all of your commercial humidification needs.

Our highly trained technicians will help you determine which commercial humidification system is best suited for your workplace and your needs. If you are looking to improve your commercial space’s indoor air quality give us a call today, we can’t wait to help you create the perfect work environment!