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Commercial Dehumidifier Services in Portland, OR
Portland is rather notorious for being extremely humid and rainy. While high humidity can be a welcome thing on a nice, cool day outside, it can have a much different effect if it’s inside. Chronically high humidity in commercial buildings can have a substantial negative effect on the health of everyone inside. If the air in your commercial building is too humid, call Western Heating & Cooling. We offer a full range of commercial dehumidifier services throughout Portland, OR. If you need a commercial dehumidifier system installed, repaired, maintained or replaced, we can help. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.
If your air is too humid, call Western Heating & Cooling for commercial dehumidifier services in Portland, OR.
Effects of High Humidity
Everybody knows that humid days seem to be much hotter than dry days. This is because humidity raises the evaporation point of liquids, including sweat. If your sweat takes longer to evaporate, your body takes longer to cool off. This is what makes high humidity so uncomfortable, especially on hot days. Comfort isn’t the only consideration, though.
High humidity serves as a massive promoter of mold growth in your building, typically in dark areas like ducts and inside walls. There are a myriad of different kinds of mold that can grow in buildings, but none of them are good to inhale. Some can even cause asthma or other serious health issues if inhaled over a long period of time. This is one of the biggest reasons why you cannot allow humidity to go unchecked in your commercial building.
Types of Commercial Dehumidifiers
There are two main types of dehumidifiers, which are described below:
- Refrigerant: These dehumidifiers are essentially both heaters and air conditioners in one. This dehumidifier sits in the ducts in your building, so that all air being circulated has to pass through it. On one end, the system evaporates refrigerant to siphon heat from the air passing through it. As the air cools past the dew point, it deposits moisture on the coil of the system, which is drained away through a pipe. Once the air reaches the other side of the system, the heat that was taken from it is returned by another coil condensing refrigerant. This warms the air back up to the proper temperature, without the excess moisture.
- Desiccant: This kind of dehumidifier uses a partially covered wheel of chemical desiccants, which rotates during operation. As part of the wheel is exposed to the air in the ducts, it sucks all the moisture from the air. The now–moist part of the wheel then travels through a heated section that removes the moisture before being exposed to the air again. In this way, the desiccant removes moisture from the air constantly.
We Offer Full Commercial Dehumidifier Services
Installing a commercial dehumidifier is complicated, and should only ever be done by a professional. Just like pretty much any other indoor air quality system, this is because the dehumidifier needs to be installed in just the right spot in the building’s ducts and then must be wired into the power grid. If you need a commercial dehumidifier installed in your building, call Western Heating & Cooling today.
Every once in a while, your dehumidifier may need maintenance or repair. We offer a full range of dehumidifier maintenance and repair services. So, be sure to schedule dehumidifier maintenance at least once a year, and call for repairs as soon as you notice something wrong.