Part One: The Buildings Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning HVAC system
Part Two: The Source of Pollutants
Part Three: Moisture and Humidity Levels
Moisture and Humidity Levels
Good indoor air quality requires control of moisture and humidity levels in the facility. Having too much moisture in the facility can cause biological contaminants such as molds and bacteria to thrive. Having humidity levels too low can irritate and cause discomfort for workers in the facility.
With this being the case, it’s important to find a balance between too high and too low to provide the best indoor air quality in the facility.
Moisture is related to the presence of a small quantity of liquid –it may be in the form of vapor, solid or condensed on a surface. Moisture can accumulate due to several factors and contributes to the buildup of contaminants. Obviously, these contaminants can lead to many health issues. That’s why it’s so important for them to be controlled.
Poor HVAC design, leaky roofs, plumbing issues, condensation, failure to dry water damaged materials immediately can all cause moisture problems in facilities.
The key to controlling moisture in your facility is preventing it from accumulating. This requires routine inspection of the facility, especially in areas where moisture tends to build up such as bathrooms and kitchen areas. Ensure that HVAC preventative measures are being taken.
It all takes attention to detail to ensure that moisture isn’t building up.
Humidity is the presence of water in the air. The level of humidity in the facility affects health and safety and it can also affect certain processes.
Humidity sensors in thermostats are great when it comes to controlling humidity levels. It’s one of the most effective ways to ensure energy efficiency, humidity control and temperature control.
Get your facility evaluated for a custom-designed dehumidification system. If you have an existing system, monitor it to ensure that it is functioning at full potential.