Toronto summers and humidity go together like peanut butter and jam. But having the right knowledge and equipment in place can ensure you won’t be sweating while sitting at your desk in the office this summer. The humidity outside your office or facility will affect the indoor humidity regardless of outside air entering through natural leakage.
With the humidity index reporting an average of 81% humidity for the month of July in Toronto, it’s important to understand humidity and ways to control it so that your employees and you will be comfortable.
A threat to your Business When it comes to commercial applications, high humidity can threaten your business as high moisture levels can damage supplies, equipment and property if not managed properly. Controlling high humidity levels ensures comfortable working conditions for people in the facility as well as protecting them. It can also protect the health and safety of staff and reduce the chance of facility-related incidents. An important factor to account for is the type of commercial activities you are engaging in, for example, a manufacturing plant will most likely want to control the humidity at a consistent level so production stays consistent. While a restaurant will want to manage the humidity so that it’s a comfortable level for customers.
So, How do you control it?
The easiest way to control humidity in commercial buildings is by having the HVAC system designed correctly from the beginning. Having the correct system design that fosters air circulation and ventilation can play a vital factor in controlling the humidity in your facility. Even before you consider adding dehumidifying components into the system, having the correct design will play a huge role in decreasing humidity and moisture levels.
The most obvious way to control humidity in commercial and industrial buildings is by installing dehumidifiers. Installing dehumidifiers will be extremely effective at controlling and even eliminating the majority of the moisture in the air. To maximize the effectiveness of a dehumidifier it’s very important to make sure your existing commercial HVAC unit is in good working order because they do offer dehumidifying properties. An aging or faulty Commercial HVAC system can cause humidity levels to rise and it might be an indicator to call the experts at Service Experts to come to elevate your businesses HVAC system and get the humidity under control.
Sometimes it’s It can be hard to pinpoint what exactly is causing humidity in any building or facility to rise. In instances where you’ve tried everything but are still noticing excess moisture it’s most likely attributed to something called sub-cooling.
Sub-cooling of a particular space occurs when the temperature of the space dips below the design temperature set point of the space during peak cooling operations. Causes of sub-cooling can be lack of turndown of supply airflow, lack of reheat, or lower-than-anticipated internal heat gain. Using an office space for an example, having too many occupants can contribute to the problem as it can raise the dew point enough that condensation can easily form on cold surfaces.
If you are experiencing something similar to this sub-cooling issue or any other mentioned in this article, give us a call we would love to help investigate your humidity problem and help you get it under control. Experiencing humidity is not a comfortable situation but remember we here at Service Experts are in the business of delivering comfort.