Use Cases for Proper Humidity Control: Woodworking to Warehousing
At Condair, we strive to empower everyday businesses with proper humidity control solutions. Our customers encompass a diverse, ever-expanding range of applications and subsequent use cases. As a result, we’ve learned a lot about our clients – and how to best address their indoor environmental needs. Today, in our blog entry, let’s spotlight some of the applications that benefit most from a dedicated humidity control system.
Depending on the specifics of the application, required relative humidity can vary anywhere between 40 and 60 percent to ensure the best-quality woodworking results. For example, retaining sufficient moisture in kiln-dried wood requires 55 to 60 percent RH. Drier conditions absorb the moisture from the wood, making it brittle and more susceptible to cupping or warping, dimensional changes, cracking or splitting, and other irreparable complications.
To remain engaged and deliver top-notch customer support, call center employees need 40 to 60 percent RH to feel comfortable sitting and talking for long periods of time. In addition, a properly humidified workspace reduces the reach of infectious aerosols, making it a little easier to stop flu and cold outbreaks before they overtake entire floors. You can expect a decline in absenteeism, improved focus, reduced irritability, and overall increased productivity.
Office environments are similar to call centers but equally important; with the layout and size of your office requiring a specific load capacity for humidification. You need to ensure your humidifier can handle this load efficiently to regulate indoor conditions. Office environments that have ideal temperature and relative humidity ranges, can see the same benefits of call centers along with cost savings through energy and production efficiency.
In order to learn, absorb and retain information, children need to feel comfortable, focused and healthy. Teachers share the same needs in order to accurately and effectively convey that information in an engaging, approachable manner. 40 to 60 percent relative humidity is extremely important for providing the mind with sufficient hydration so it can perform at its peak, and it’s an outright necessity for airborne infection control and reducing the spread of microbe-rich aerosols.
Patient health and safety take priority in hospital environments, which is why isolating viral outbreaks and keeping facility occupants safe is crucial. Regulating the relative humidity and temperature are essential steps to proactively managing such an environment. Investing in proper humidification also reduces the risk of MERS outbreaks and sick building syndrome, lowering the risk of complications to already-ill patients.
Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes
Senior residents of these facilities are much more susceptible to infections, discomfort and complications to their health. They are particularly prone to developing issues stemming from indoor air quality, temperature and air moisture content if one or all three are insufficient. Effective, dependable ventilation and filtration are critical in long-term care and retirement homes; having a modern humidifier installed to ensure key condition parameters are set can protect residents and staff in the long run.
In environments where coatings are applied to materials as part of the manufacturing process, the effectiveness and adhesion of the bonding itself needs to be kept at a minimum level of quality. This is only possible by keeping indoor air quality parameters at a minimum level as well, reducing material and product wastage. Properly humidified coating environments can see a boost to ROI, quality assurance, and overall output while driving down operating expenses.
Data center humidity control is absolutely critical, as is temperature regulation. This is due to the very nature of such environments; high concentrations of heat-emitting servers, computer systems and other networking components can’t exist in overly dry conditions. Otherwise, they risk reduced operational effectiveness, an increase in maintenance costs and IT troubleshooting, and electrostatic damage. Ensuring your data center has optimal air moisture content to reduce ESD risk, can save facility managers plenty of money and headaches, not to mention lower operating costs if you go with an energy-efficient humidification system.
Keeping relative humidity conditions within a “safe zone” of 40 to 60 percent is important in warehousing as many products are sensitive moisture fluctuations, especially if stored for prolonged periods. If products stored in a warehouse are exposed to too little moisture or too much, it can result in product waste. In addition, keeping warehouse employees safe, healthy, comfortable and productive can ensure improved operational efficiency.
These are just some of the many applications that benefit from proper humidity control. To learn more about Condair and our indoor humidity control solutions, contact us today. We’re happy to help!