Is your HVAC system “leaking?” It’s most likely condensation. Condensation is a natural phenomenon that can seem harmless but lead to severe damage to equipment and materials.
What is condensation? How does it happen?
Condensation is the process that occurs when a vapor changes to liquid form. One of the most common occurrences of condensation occurs whenever it rains. Clouds are large collections of vapor. That vapor eventually condenses into liquid water and falls to the ground. The same thing can happen with indoor air. The HVAC cools the air to a temperature known as the dew point, saturating the air with water vapor. As the air cools further, the vapor condenses into a liquid.
What problems can condensation cause?
Many workplaces require cool air and clean, dry surfaces. This combination poses some problems because cooling air can cause condensation, taking humidity in the air and turning it into water. Once surfaces are wet, they’re much more difficult to keep sanitary. Additionally, wet floors and surfaces can create a dangerous slippery environment for workers. Beyond the safety of the workplace, this water that forms “out of thin air” can also cause irreparable damage to equipment and materials. Water droplets falling from vents can land on wood, warping it and rendering it useless. Even worse, water could seep into electrical equipment damaging it and, once again, putting anyone around it in danger.
How can condensation be prevented?
While we can’t stop rain from falling from the sky, condensation as a result of air conditioning can be stopped. Condensation won’t occur if the temperature stays above the dew point. Unfortunately, that’s not an option in most scenarios. So, in order to prevent condensation and keep air cool, dehumidification is necessary. Dehumidifiers pull moisture out of the air and displace it. By keeping the relative humidity low inside, vapor cannot condense into liquid and cause problems inside.
If you notice condensation in your building or facility, address it right away. When outdoor humidity levels and temperatures are high, it can be difficult to avoid. Luckily, Polygon provides expertise and dehumidification equipment to keep your workplace dry and safe. Additionally, we can equip spaces with remote monitoring equipment, giving managers a complete understanding of the conditions inside the building. Working with Polygon means working with experts. Contact us to learn more today.