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Title: How factoring in humidity adds value

Humidity plays a major role in health, comfort, and production. This article is a brief overview of the technologies available and a detailed explanation of how to calculate humidification loads. The problems caused by dry air vary from one building to another and from one area to another. But basically, there are three major problem types: static electricity, poor moisture stability, health and comfort problems. In today's business offices, static electricity can disrupt operations and increase operating costs. In printing facilities, low humidity causes poor ink registration. Also, sheets of paper stick together and jam machines, wasting time and paper. In computer rooms and data processing areas, dry air leads to static electric discharges that cause circuit board failure, dust buildup on heads, and storage tape breakage. Moisture stability impacts industrial processes and the materials they use. In many cases, product and material deterioration is directly related to moisture fluctuations and lack of humidity control. Books, antiques, paper, wood and wood products, and fruits and vegetables are a few items that can be ruined by low or changing humidity. The health impact of low humidity shows up in dry nasal and thread membranes, dry and itchy skin, and irritated eyes.more » For employees, this means greater susceptibility to colds and other viral infections. The results is higher absenteeism when humidity is low, which translates into lost productivity and profits.« less
Authors:
 [1]
  1. (Nortec Industries, Inc., Ogdensburg, NY (United States))
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
7188253
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Heating, Piping and Air Conditioning; (United States); Journal Volume: 66:9
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS; HUMIDITY CONTROL; SPACE HVAC SYSTEMS; THERMAL COMFORT; AIR QUALITY; BUILDINGS; CONTROL; ENERGY SYSTEMS; ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY 320106* -- Energy Conservation, Consumption, & Utilization-- Building Equipment-- (1987-)