Improve Occupant Comfort & Reduce Energy Costs Through Humidity Control

June 14, 2016 By Staff Writer

This article is sponsored by Transformativewave

transformativewaveHumidity control is a common pain point among energy and facility managers. Creating a comfortable environment is paramount in maintaining happy customers. And doing so at locations across the country in building types ranging from retail and office spaces to grocery stores, can pose a real challenge. Even at a moderate 73°F, humidity can lead to discomfort due to poor control or inefficient systems. Facility managers are faced with keeping a tight relative humidity (RH) in the environment, while keeping an eye on cost savings.

HVAC systems and rooftop units (RTUs), are designed to maximize thermal comfort. This means achieving a narrow band of space temperatures and humidity such that the bodies of occupants can self-regulate their temperature with minimal effort.

Factors such as oversized equipment, mold concerns, and even LED retrofits are making it difficult to control humidity. However, there is a new class of Advanced RTU Control (ARC) retrofit strategies, that when coupled with web based-control, can improve occupant comfort while also reducing overall energy consumption.

This white paper (Improve Occupant Comfort & Reduce Energy Costs Through Humidity Control) will review how poor HVAC humidity control can lead to discomfort and other humidity concerns, while looking at how retrofit strategies can help facility managers achieve a balance between comfort and energy savings.

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