Here in the Phoenix area, we are quite familiar with arid conditions. Even as the daytime temperature outside runs into the mid to high 70’s and falls to the mid to low 50’s overnight, the relative humidity hovers around 35 percent, about 10 percentage points lower than what’s considered most comfortable. When inside an office building or most other types of commercial spaces, the humidity, unlike the temperature, doesn’t usually increase. That is, unless there is moisture being released into the air and then broadcast through the HVAC system. In other words, unless vaporized water (read: steam) is present, the humidity level typically stays low and that can make for uncomfortable, unproductive, working conditions.
Benefits of a Commercial Air Humidifier
The reason for having a commercial and heating system is precisely for its functions — it helps to cool during warm days and warm during cool conditions. However, this change in circulated air temperature has little impact on another factor: humidity. It’s not something that you routinely think about and might not even come to consider when certain symptoms arise. Nevertheless, the moisture in the air plays a large factor in the role of your business.
One thing that makes winter uncomfortable for humans, even inside a nice warm building, is low humidity. People need a certain level of humidity to be comfortable. In the winter, indoor humidity can be extremely low and the lack of humidity can dry out your skin and mucous membranes. Low humidity also makes the air feel colder than it actually is. Dry air can also dry out the wood in the walls and floors of our houses. As the drying wood shrinks, it can cause creaks in floors and cracks in drywall and plaster. —How Stuff Works.com
When humidity levels fall below 40 percent, the air begins to feel dry to the skin. The more dry the air, the most likely it is for you and your employees to experience dry skin, dry or sore throat, and cause other conditions. The average indoor humidity level ranges from just 30 percent to 50 percent. Ideally, that figure for maximum comfort ought to be 45 percent. A commercial air humidifier can deliver these conditions. Here are some of the biggest benefits of having a commercial air humidifier:
- Less static electricity. If your business relies in any way on electronics, from computers to printers, to delicate machines, these devices become charged with static electricity when the surrounding air is too dry. An unexpected discharge can mean extensive damage or the outright end of electronic equipment.
- More creature comfort. Employees that are uncomfortable in a work environment have been documented to be less productive and make more mistakes. By providing the appropriate level of moisture in the air, it becomes more pleasant and conducive to productivity.
- Lower heating costs. One of the problems with heating practically any space is that by doing so, it not only warms the air, but simultaneously reduces the amount of available moisture. Said moisture evaporates more rapidly on skin, and causes people to feel colder. In the winter, a humidifier helps to balance temperature and moisture, allowing you to rely less on expensive heating.
- Reduced illness and health problems. Dry and itchy skin, dry throat, and like symptoms are more than just inconvenient and frustrating, they also represent less natural resistance to infection. The very mechanisms that help to prevent germs from entering the body are reduced and that increases the risk of becoming ill.
If you would like to know more about commercial air humidifiers and there advantages to help your business save money, give us a call at 480-659-6497, and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment time that’s convenient for you.