The use of desiccant dehumidifiers is the best way to solve the problems caused by high air humidity in ice arenas and ice rinks.
Effective air humidity control will help create the optimal indoor climate for your ice arenas and skating rinks. Some of the benefits of using an industrial dehumidifier in ice rinks…
- By lowering the dewpoint of the air a high-quality ice surface can be achieved and maintained.
- Minimise costly maintenance requirements from reduced levels of corrosion. This is due to a slower rate of corrosion at lower humidity levels.
- Correctly dehumidifying the ice rink will reduce condensation formation on surfaces, lowering the risk of injury from slip hazards.
- Maintaining the correct dewpoint of the air reduces fog formation and condensation on safety screens, improving visibility around the rink.
Optimal temperature and dewpoint for ice rink activities
A key part of the preparation of the playing surface is the spraying of water droplets onto the ice, commonly referred to as “pebbling”. The “pebble” is formed on freezing. As the stone moves over the pebble any rotation of the stone causes it to curl to the inside or outside. The pebbled surface is what allows the stone to be controlled. By controlling the air dewpoint the surface of the pebbles will be maintained in the event the dewpoint of the surrounding air is too high the ice surface can be ruined by moisture depositing on the ice in the form of condensation.
The ideal conditions for ice rinks for curling can be defined as:
- Air dewpoint minus 4.0 plus 2.0 Celsius
- Ice temperature minus 5 to minus 3 Celsius
Figure skating requires a much softer ice surface than other sports. This is to allow the blades to grip into the ice allowing for greater control during spins, take offs and landings. The other benefit of the softer ice is that it is less likely to shatter under the impact of hard landings.
The ideal conditions for ice rinks being used for figure skating can be defined as:
- Air dewpoint minus 4 to minus 2 Celsius
- Ice temperature (Olympic standard) minus 3.5 Celsius
Ice hockey requires hard ice to enable it to withstand to the rigors of the physical fast pace sport. Ice that is too soft will create too much snow when players are conducting hard manoeuvres and will result in a slow playing surface. As the ice requires to be much colder in ice rinks used for hockey lower air dewpoints are required to prevent fogging over the ice and on safety screens surrounding the rink.
The ideal conditions for ice rinks being used for ice hockey can be defined as:
- Air dewpoint of minus 4 to minus 2 Celsius
- Ice temperature minus 8 to minus 5 Celsious
The problems of uncontrolled air humidity within ice rinks
- Formation of mist / water vapor over the surface of the rink
- Deterioration of quality of ice
- Increased of maintenance costs from corrosion
- Failures of electronic and electrical systems
- Formation of condensed moisture on the inside walls and roof of the arena
- Development of mildew and bacteria from the surrounding high humidity
- Fogging of glass constructions and arena board
The best solution to these problems is to utilise a dedicated ice rink dehumidifier. These desiccant dehumidification systems are able to maintain the correct air dewpoint to eliminate the common problems associated with ice rinks, this can also be expressed as a relative humidity within ice arenas of between 40-50%, however this level is dependent on the temperature being maintained.
Installation of ice rink dehumidifier for air humidity control.
- Creates the necessary microclimate at ice arenas and skating rinks
- Improves quality of ice
- Prevents formation of mist and water vapours
- Prevents formation of condensed moisture
- Prevents metal corrosion
- Prevents development of mildew and bacteria
- Prevents failures of electrical equipment
- Maximizes lifespan of equipment
- Increases lifespan of the ice arenas and rinks structure
- Reduces maintenance costs
- Improves hygienic condition of the premises
- Available with low temperature hot water reactivation to minimise electrical usage.