When the weather is warm, having a good air conditioner in your business is a must. It keeps employees and customers comfortable while helping maintain productivity. When the weather is cool, a good central heating system does the same thing. But one sneaky factor can throw a wrench in the works if it’s not maintained properly, and it’s called relative humidity.
Relative humidity is how much water vapor, or moisture, is in the air. When this moisture is too low or high, it can cause physical discomfort and respiratory issues. It also can affect machinery and even the structural integrity of wood-frame buildings.
So what’s an ideal amount of relative humidity for your business? Different sources give different numbers, but the general range is about 30% to 50%, depending on the temperature outdoors. For example, when the outside temperature is between zero and 10 degrees, the indoor humidity level shouldn’t be more than 30%. If the outdoor temperature is more than 50 degrees, indoor humidity shouldn’t exceed 50%. Maintaining this balance also keeps bacteria from growing—and spreading illness.
These are just a few reasons you should consider adding a whole-building humidifier to the HVAC system at your office building, warehouse, factory or other commercial space:
You Can Save on Utility Costs
Newer humidifiers not only help balance moisture levels in the air, they’re also more efficient. They use less energy and water to operate. This helps save on utility costs and prevents damage to wooden beams, floors, furniture and door frames, not to mention electronics and metal equipment. These humidifiers also help maintain textiles, paper and even crops.
Minimizing Static Electricity Can Help
We’ve all felt the zap that comes from dragging our feet on the carpet and then touching another surface. Although a little disconcerting, this static electricity doesn’t seem like a big deal. But the static electricity that can result from low humidity levels can damage electronic equipment and even set flammable chemicals on fire. In some cases, one spark is all it takes to cause immense damage to a business.
Get Rid of Dust
Breathing in large amounts of dust and dust mites isn’t just annoying, it can be hazardous to your health—and the health of your employees. Prolonged exposure has been linked to respiratory problems such as asthma and allergy symptoms, and even can contribute to arthritis. Poor indoor air quality can cause headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation to the eyes, nose, throat and lungs, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. A good humidifier can help you meet safety and environmental standards while improving health benefits for everyone.
We Can Help
Brandt Companies has more than 65 years of experience in mechanical, electrical and other services. We can outfit your HVAC system with a commercial humidifier that will reduce health and safety risks while increasing your company’s energy efficiency. Give us a call or visit our website today.