Humidity Solutions - Frequently Asked Questions
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What is relative humidity?
Outside air WITHOUT humidification during winter time
If 1m³ outside air with an average temperature of –5°C and 80% relative humidity is influxed into a production plant and heated up to 20°C, the relative humidity will drop down from 80% to approx. 14% RH. The water content remains the same.
Outside air WITH humidification during winter time
To preserve a relative humidity of 55% RH at 20°C each cubicmeter fresh air of –5°C must be added with 6.97g water after heating up to 20°C.
To humidify or dehumidify explain?
What should my humidity level be?
50% RH is a neutral state where equilibrium is generally kept. At this condition hydroscopic material such as people, paper, textile, wood etc shall not take on or give up moisture so are kept in a good condition.
This value will vary with different processes, storage conditions or temperatures but the majority of applications require 50% RH as their set point to keep products, production and people at the best level.
How do we calculate humidity?
Humidity is calculated by taking the lowest natural moisture level which occurs externally taken from the humidity level required (40-50% RH) at the temperature you require.
50% RH humidity at 20°C has a far lower moisture content then 50% RH at 40°C. For this reason we use the Psychrometric chart to determine the start and finish moisture contents required and then multiplying this by the total air volume going into the space and what is known as the specific volume of the air.
Again by providing the figures detailed below a calculation can be made.
- Start temperature (assume 10°C)
- Temperature required (22°C)
- Humidity start condition (22°C, 25% RH – humidity at 20°C if no moisture is added when the ambient air is naturally dry such as on a cold crisp winters morning) 0.0028kg/kg
- Humidity set point (normally 40-50% RH)
- Total air volume (m³/s)
- Fresh air volume (m³/s)
- Number of windows
- Number of doors – frequency of opening (more unconditioned air entering the space)
Does the correct humidity level improve our health?
What do the experts say?
The main guidance from the Chartered Instuitute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE), recommends humidity levels of 40-60% RH for general comfort conditions. There is also the EU Directive on Display Screen Equipment which recommends humidity control for people working at computer workstations.
What is the humidity level for a digital printer?
Humidity is one of the many environmental variables that can impact on the print process and the acceptable relative humidity (RH) range for commercial workplaces is 40-60% as this suits both human and machine occupants.
In print environments the most common problem is that the RH is too low and this can have a detrimental effect on paper stock as well as causing a build-up of static electricity that hinders the print process and increases downtime.
Humidity and Human comfort?
Low humidity has a negative impact on the health of the workforce, causing dehydration and drying out of respiratory surfaces so that people are more susceptible to infections.
If the RH is too low (below 40%), people will feel colder than is justified by the actual temperature and will often turn the heating up to compensate – once again wasting energy. Ironically, raising the temperature also lowers the RH even further, thus exacerbating the problem.
Stabilising humidity at the optimum level, therefore, ensures the protection and well-being of the workforce.
Do the rich and famous have humidity control?
High end clients demand high end humidity solutions.
High end hotels in London have been fitted with humidity control systems within their wine cellars and humidors keeping these quality products at the optimum condition. The cigars are housed in the humidors to ensure that the cigars do not dry out and become fragile, whilst with the wine it is to prevent the corks from becoming dry with would let air into the bottle and reduce its shelf life and value.
Recent top of the market houses / apartments have requested Humidity Solutions help and support in some more unusual applications which have included providing perfect humidity control for the lady of the houses' fur store where the coats, hats etc include natural products.
A more unusual application was to serve an area in a hall which displayed natural coral and required a humidity controlled atmosphere to maintain its natural colours.
Rockstars have demanded humidity control of their instruments such as a Harpsey cord and an impressive range of Guitars to ensure that sound boards do not crack or go out of tune and natural product strings do not flex with a changing climate.
Millionnaire estates with Orangeries and Orchard rooms require the latest in glass house technology to ensure that the exotic plants not only survive but flourish in conditions manufactured to replicate the Mediterranean
Furniture in many of these properties is not from the High Street so valuable works of art or Napoleonic Desks where the wood had started to crack due to low humidity which could have greatly effected its value have all been assisted by Humidity Solutions in providing Museum or Gallery environmental specifications to preserve these items of significant historic value.
All of these requirements demand a great deal of application knowledge / expertise and a product range selected for its quality by an independant specialist such as Humidity Solutions.
Whilst the majority of our work is supplying more standard applications the applications above test our flexibilty of design to ensure the perfect solution for demanding clients.
Why is Humidification Important?
Humidification is simply the addition of water to air. However, humidity exerts a powerful influence on environmental and physiological factors. Improper humidity levels (either too high or too low) can cause discomfort for people, and can damage many kinds of equipment and materials.
What are the problems with dry air?
Dry air can cause a variety of costly, troublesome, and sometimes dangerous problems. Static electricity can accumulate in dry atmospheric conditions and interfere with efficient operation of production machinery or electronic office machines. Where static-prone materials such as paper, films, computer disks, and other plastics are handled, dry air intensely aggravates the static problem. In potentially explosive atmospheres, dry air and its resultant static electricity accumulations can be extremely dangerous.