There’s no doubt that ice rinks must maintain a smooth surface, otherwise skating would be treacherous. If condensation is an issue, this is no easy task. The temperature elements of ice rinks are complex. It’s not just about keeping the ice frozen. Rather the ice has to offer the best performance, but condensation is a saboteur ice quality.
To eliminate condensation, a continuous flow of dry air is blown over the ice sheet. This prevents condensation from developing on the ice and surrounding surfaces. To achieve these ideal conditions, Polygon delivers climate control solutions for ice rinks, preventing condensation and improving the quality of the ice rink.
Condensation Impacts Ice Surfaces
Even though ice rinks maintain the much-needed temperatures to keep the floor frozen. As temperatures rise outside, high humidity and dew points compromise the ice. The culprit condensation becomes a problem for ice arenas because of the drips.
Most ice arena buildings have metal roofs and fiberglass insulation with a plastic liner. As humidity rises, water begins to drip from the ceiling. These drips then freeze on the surface, creating bumps and build-up. Then facility managers have to continually work to get the surface even so that it’s viable for skating. Condensation is a significant problem for ice rinks, and without the proper dehumidifying equipment, instead of skating on thin ice, it will be too thick.
With the need to stay open year-round, the industry needs an answer to condensation challenges. That answer is a desiccant dehumidifier.
How Desiccant Dehumidifiers Work
A desiccant dehumidifier does the job of preserving the ice surface by keeping dry and holding temperatures below the ambient dew point. These dehumidifiers apply dry air to the arena above the ice sheet. This action drives moisture out and keeps the dew point low, reducing the chance of condensation.
To determine the specific equipment needed for each rink, Polygon measures the arena and ice sheet. With this information, we deliver our best recommendation of the number or size of dehumidifiers.
Polygon’s Desiccant Dehumidifiers Are Ideal for Ice Rinks
Our equipment keeps the surface dry and operational with the right balance of air sailing across the top of the ice. Our solution keeps arenas in business year-round, with the quality of ice at optimum no matter the weather outside. Our engineers ensure the optimum dew point is maintained throughout the ice sheet areas. Then condensation is no longer an issue. Not only does it take care of condensation, but it also inhibits fog. It also helps protect the equipment needed to maintain the ice surface and the structure from corrosion. It’s a simple concept, but one that keeps these structures operating as they should and reduces the overall cost for ongoing maintenance, previously caused by condensation. Learn more about Polygon solves humidity problems for ice rinks by reading our case study.