Everyone who has worked in an office environment knows that one of the most controversial topics is a simple one: the ideal temperature to keep the thermostat. Office custodians throughout the world are caught in the middle of this terrible and contentious war. However, HVAC professionals can tell you that the key to a comfortable space is dehumidification. So here’s some ammunition to use next time someone complains about needing a blanket inside in the middle of summer.
What are Comfortable Temperatures?
The overall comfort level of a space has a great deal to do with the amount of humidity in the air. While most people are comfortable between 30 to 50 percent humidity, in the closed system within a building, the humidity can become significantly higher. Office buildings rarely have windows that open, so it’s important to fully utilize your HVAC system to prevent a buildup of stale air and unpleasant and even dangerous odors. A comfortable temperature for many people is around 68 to 72 degrees. However, even that small temperature range can feel muggy if the air is laden with humidity
Air conditioners work as a dehumidifier to reduce the overall amount of water in the air and dry out the air. Removing humidity from the air allows the system to cool the air in the space. Since the HVAC system is pulling all of that water out of the air, it has to go somewhere! Because of this, it’s important to get regular maintenance on your air ducts and air conditioning system so you’re not risking the buildup of mold and mildew in your systems. Reducing the overall humidity in your building allows you to raise the temperature a degree or so — while still maintaining a good comfort level for those who like a cooler space in which to work.
One of the best ways to improve the overall comfortability in a building is to add a dehumidifier. You can either install a dehumidification system into your HVAC system or you can purchase a room dehumidifier.
Room dehumidifiers are relatively simple to install and can help create a cooler individualized space for your team members who like to stay cooler. To be sure the dehumidifier is working as well as it can and to avoid allowing pollutants back into the air, it’s important to empty the water collection containers on a regular basis.
Dehumidification systems are also great for creating an overall level of comfortability for all team members in an office space. There is normally less maintenance with a dehumidification system also. Most systems can be connected to a drain line so that they can self-drain, and there is no need to empty buckets on a regular basis.
Another great addition to your office’s dehumidification system is a thermostat that monitors both the humidity and the temperature in the air. This simple addition can allow you to monitor how your dehumidification system and your HVAC system are working together to create a comfortable environment for your team members.
How Dehumidifiers Work
When warm air passes through the cooling coils within a dehumidifier, moisture condenses into a liquid. This water is then passed through a drain pipe and out of the system. Cooled air is then passed back over a warming coil before it is returned to the building to circulate. Dehumidifier sizes are based on the amount of water they can remove from the air on an hourly basis.
Keep your HVAC system clean and functioning well when you include dehumidifiers as part of your building’s environmental strategy. Learn more when you speak with the heating and air professionals at R&D Mechanical Services, Inc. We enjoy working with your business to find ways to reduce the overall costs of ownership for your HVAC systems.