Humidity Solutions, based in Leatherhead, is a specialist in the control of humidity in a wide range of buildings, providing solutions for both humidification and dehumidification.
Currently employing 15 people, the company is divided into two strong teams. One recommends, selects and designs the most appropriate humidification or dehumidification system to meet specific project requirements, whilst the service team install and commission new equipment and provide planned maintenance and servicing.
The company has many long-serving staff due to an excellent retention rate, most of whom have an engineering background with strong application knowledge, ensuring they are able to provide first rate advice. They are also very proud to be able to offer some of their support team flexible, part-time contracts to allow them to manage their young families.
Unlike most other companies in this field, Humidity Solutions are independent of specific manufacturers, which gives them tremendous scope to cherry-pick the most exciting and technically innovative equipment from around the globe. This, married to their expertise, makes them a leading player in the market with the most comprehensive range of solutions.
One challenge they frequently face is the need to educate purchasers that the modest expenditure required to provide humidity control can deliver long-term benefits to the health of building occupiers and the building fabric itself.
Humidity control can also help to reduce energy usage because humidity has a direct impact on people’s perception of temperature. For example, increasing relative humidity from 40% to 50% can make surrounding air feel 2ºC warmer, so heating can be turned down without compromising comfort. This relationship between humidity and temperature is known as ‘relative humidity’ (RH) and is expressed as a percentage that relates to the amount of moisture the air can hold at different temperatures.
Range of applications
Historically their key markets have been within the industrial and commercial sectors, where they can assist with providing stable humidity to maintain a healthy indoor environment, optimise manufacturing processes, ensure smooth operation of printing and create ideal storage conditions for humidity-sensitive objects, such as fragile artefacts and documents, pharmaceuticals and food products.
However, they are seeing an increasing demand in residential, school and care home sectors where the importance of humidity control in maintaining good indoor air quality is becoming better understood in relation to health and wellbeing.
High RH is uncomfortable (muggy), encourages mould growth and can create condensation on cold surfaces, creating a slip hazard. Low RH will dry out mucous membranes in the respiratory system and make eyes feel dry and itchy. Maintaining optimum RH is also proven to reduce the risk of infection from the spread of airborne bacteria and viruses.