HUMIDITY CONTROL WITHIN  STORAGE BUILDINGS

The risks and problems with high humidity within storage buildings

One of the main issues within single skinned storage buildings is high humidity, this not only creates an unpleasant environment but also results in damage to products being stored. Potential health and safety risks to staff working within the areas are also a key factor to be considered.

The most common issues being:
  • Damage to products and materials being stored
  • Slip hazards from dripping water overhead steel supports and moisture condensing on concrete floors
  • Health risks from mould and mildew spores forming as a result of relative humidity being above 70%

Air humidity control options to building owners

Typically single skinned buildings are used for additional storage purposes.

Attempting to lower the relative humidity within the space by heating the air is not an option due to Part L Building Regulations. In any event, heating would not be an option during the warmer months when moisture levels are much higher. 

Well sealed structures however can highly benefit from the use of desiccant dehumidification systems. Our systems will maintain the ideal relative humidity against prevailing weather conditions in your space all year round.

Products in storage such as wood, paper and cardboard will rapidly degrade above 55%RH. Unless treated steel products will usually corrode above 45%RH.

IDEAL RELATIVE HUMIDITY STORAGE CONDITONS WITHIN UNINSULATED BUILDINGS

The recommended parameters for optimal storage conditions of typical products, stored within uninsulated buildings:

PRODUCT

Organic Material
Paper
Cardboard
Wood
Fur
Seed Storage
Coffee Powder
Milk Powder
Unpacked medicine
Sugar Storage
Flour
Steel

IDEAL % RH

50-65
50-60
45-55
40-65
45-60 
35-45
30-40
20-35
20-35
20-35
20-35
<45%

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