The modern office building is home to dozens of systems that control everything from temperature and humidity to lighting and ventilation. Commercial buildings, however, are built using fire-safe materials that can trap carbon dioxide (CO2) inside if left unchecked. When CO2 levels rise, the amount of moisture in the air decreases — producing dry, stuffy indoor air quality.
Low humidity affects not only the comfort and happiness of employees but their health, as well. It’s incredibly important for offices to have effective commercial HVAC systems that combat dry air by monitoring proportionate CO2 and humidity levels throughout the entire building.
Preventing Dry Air Through Commercial HVAC
Dry air can cause a lot of problems for employees, including dry skin and sore throats. It can also damage wood floors, furniture, and other furnishings you’ve incorporated into your office space. People who suffer from asthma or allergies may have even more severe reactions to the dry air.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to combat dry air through commercial HVAC solutions, such as system upgrades and installations.
Combat Dry Air with a Heat Pump
Commercial buildings such as offices, factories, and hospitals are all subject to the challenges of dry air. In some cases, you may have noticed that your skin gets irritated, causing cracking and itching. This can be caused by the fact that the moisture in the air is too low, or simply because there is no moisture at all. By ensuring your system’s heat pump is performing as it should, you will be able to control the temperature and humidity within your building to ensure your employees stay comfortable and productive all day long.
Preventing Dry Air with an Indoor Humidifier
Office buildings, especially those located in cold climates, are notorious for having dry air. Humidifiers will help counter the drying effects of air conditioning and heating. Because they work by adding moisture to the air, these devices are most often used during winter months when buildings are closed up tight and the heating system is running 24/7. If you have tenants who complain about dryness or static electricity problems (a sign of dryness), consider installing a commercial humidifier to help add moisture back into the air.
Setting Up Humidity Control and Monitoring Devices
Humidity control devices are used to achieve and maintain desired humidity levels in commercial buildings. There are several types of these devices available on the market, but they all have one thing in common – they can be integrated into an HVAC system for a more efficient control over indoor climate. These devices usually work by either adding moisture to the air or removing it from it. Some products combine both technologies and allow users to choose between them depending on the season or target level of relative humidity (RH).
How can Donnelly Mechanical help your business?
Dry air has the potential to have a significant impact on the health, comfort, and productivity of its occupants. With Donnelly Mechanical, you’ll have access to comprehensive commercial HVAC services that can help you prevent dry air in your office building. Visit our website today to learn more about our commercial HVAC services or to schedule a consultation.