Moisture and Condensation Control
Air always contains some amount of water vapor; the amount will vary depending up the temperature in the room. Warm air has more moisture in it than cold air does. Controlling moisture and condensation control in your office building goes hand in hand with controlling the temperatures in the office.
Humidity Causes Condensation
The ratio of water vapor in your room to the maximum amount the air can actually hold at a given temperature is the humidity (called the relative humidity or RH). If your office currently has an RH of 30%, this means it holds 30% of the water it can hold at the time.
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When the air can’t hold any more moisture, it is saturated. At very high RHs, your office will have sticky, warm air. There will be condensation and humidity; both of which can lead to mold growth and bacteria. Both of these can cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems for those working in the office as well as odors in poorly ventilated work spaces.
Additionally, too much condensation on windows, walls and ceilings can actually damage building materials.
How to Control Moisture
Some sources of excess moisture in the air include water leaks, damp ground conditions, and construction moisture (moisture in building materials, flooring, plaster).
To control the humidity internally, you can open windows to help cross ventilate rooms, or remove the moisture at its source. Make sure this is good ventilation under flooring, make sure the office is properly heated and insulated, and install vents in window frames to allow for air movement while still maintaining security.
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How to Control Condensation
Condensation is caused by humidity. When warm, moist air comes into contact with cooler surfaces, it results in the moisture you see (like on a glass or window). Controlling humidity will help get rid of condensation.
Condensation can damage to interior paintwork, walls, flooring and even the furniture in your office. It can cause higher heating costs and present a health hazard.
To reduce condensation, you first need to reduce the humidity as stated above and then reduce the likelihood of warm air coming into contact with cold surfaces. This can be done by installing insulation.
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Double glazing your windows, getting rid of aluminum frames, and looking for window frames with built in ventilation are all good ways to practice Moisture and Condensation Control, in your office.
Simple things, like keeping the temperature from dropping too low and ventilating your office by just opening windows will go a long way to controlling moisture in the workplace.
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