Dehumidification systems remove unwanted moisture from a building’s internal environment to help control its atmosphere’s relative humidity and dew point. In commercial applications, dehumidifiers help contribute to a pleasant work environment, aid in room temperature regulation, and help control condensation causing mold or mildew formation. In industrial applications, dehumidification systems aid in controlling your product’s moisture content, enable smooth process operations, and maximize production efficiency.
When controlling building relative humidity using a properly sized and engineered dehumidification system can go a long way in protecting product quality, in some cases even making the difference between successful and failed operations. DCA Industrial Dehumidifiers can control dew point down to 50% in some circumstances. When dew point control is crucial, dedicated dehumidification is the only reliable solution.
Industrial Dehumidification System Characteristics
Compared with smaller dehumidification systems, industrial dehumidifiers have a higher moisture removal capacity, rugged construction and incorporate necessary fail-safes, ensuring dependable operation and meeting the demanding conditions of industrial applications. Dehumidifiers typically require permanent installation and ensure complete room air flow through ducting, and are usually integrated with a facility’s existing HVAC system.
Facility managers normally control industrial dehumidification systems with either dedicated controls or a building management system (BMS). Moreover, a variety of available add-ons expand the uses and capabilities of industrial dehumidification systems, including filters for dust particle control and odor removal as well as options for cooling or heating air or water with the appropriate options.
Manage Indoor Environment Conditions
Dehumidification systems can greatly improve the air quality by controlling relative humidity, creating a healthy and pleasant indoor environment, and can even reduce energy costs if properly designed.
For example, with indoor swimming pool applications, warm pool water continuously evaporates into the room atmosphere, resulting in an unpleasant humid environment caused by excess moisture. Dehumidifiers can help offset this excess humidity by controlling moisture providing a comfortable atmosphere for pool patrons. Also by controlling humidity the damaging effects of condensation causing mold and mildew are drastically minimized.
Industrial dehumidification systems also appear in indoor grow houses to control critical microclimate factors such as dew points, relative humidity, recirculated air filtration, and supplement heating or cooling as needed. Precise control of such factors can help your grow house achieve higher yields and better-quality crops by providing Mother Nature’s best days every day of the year.
In work environments, out of control relative humidity levels can result in employee discomfort and health reducing employee productivity and product quality. Industrial dehumidification systems control air moisture content and provide a pleasant working atmosphere along with existing HVAC equipment.
Maintain Product Quality
Proper use of dehumidification improves product quality in a wide variety of industries:
- Food production: Dry foods such as cereal, spices, flour, and candy rely on controlled minimal relative humidity levels to maintain product shape and consistency during production. Humidity control also aids in the preservation of packaged refrigerated products by preventing condensation and moisture formation, thus reducing the risk of mold/bacteria growth or product degradation.
- Pharmaceutical: Relative humidity control benefits pharmaceutical powder and pill production. Proper dehumidification techniques minimize powder clumping, resulting in increased dosing precision and more efficient powder-packaging processes. Moreover, dehumidification provides moisture protection, resulting in safer products with longer shelf lives.
- Printing: Paper’s hygroscopic nature renders it susceptible to relative humidity changes both high and low. Lack of proper humidity control can result in paper curling, deformation, jams, and reduced print quality as well as registration problems.
- Electronics: Relative humidity control ensures the integrity of components such as printed circuit boards and soldered connections. Facility managers must ensure that they keep relative humidity to a specific range, as high humidity results in component oxidation and reduced product reliability, and low humidity increases the risk of damaging sensitive components by electrostatic discharge.
Preserve Building Integrity
Proper dew point and relative humidity control maintains building quality and integrity. Prolonged high relative humidity levels causing condensation resulting in rust, and corrosion to cold surface along with mold and mildew formation. It can also cause spalling of concrete lacking vapor barrier protection.
In buildings such as factory & office buildings and hotels, dehumidification systems can cool and heat internal air helping to control excess condensation. Poor dehumidification results in mold and mildew growth in the building’s central AC system or on carpet and walls, resulting in foul odors and poor air quality.
Dehumidifier Corporation of America
Proper control of relative humidity and dew point will improve your facility’s environment and processes and will benefit your bottom line. With over 25 years of dedicated experience in industrial dehumidification systems, Dehumidifier Corporation of America (DCA) will support you in all your humidity control needs.
DCA can custom design a dehumidification system specifically for your facility depending on its operating conditions and requirements. Contact DCA to discover the unique solutions we can provide.