Methods To Fix Humidity And Air Conditioning Problems

Feb 12, 2024 | HVAC

Humidity is almost a year-round constant in parts of Texas, including Houston. While residents are used to the sticky air outside, they expect more comfortable conditions inside commercial buildings. Your facility’s air conditioner plays a key role in creating a pleasant environment. It improves air quality by removing humidity while also cooling the interior space.

Sometimes, your HVAC system can experience problems keeping up with high humidity. When this happens, everyone from your staff to customers is negatively affected. If your commercial building is experiencing humidity and air conditioning problems, contact CS Mechanical before the issue negatively impacts your business.

Air Conditioning and Customer Experience

Regardless of the type of business, every commercial building owner wants to provide an exceptional customer experience. From attractive décor to friendly staff and lighting, all play a role in how customers view their time in your business.

When your air conditioning unit cannot remove humidity from the air, it’s almost impossible for anyone inside the building to feel comfortable. Sales and profits can drop, and even employee and customer health can suffer. The same can also occur when humidity levels are too low.

However, when your HVAC system is functioning optimally, it can help provide customers with an amazing experience.

Humidity Control In A Commercial Building

So, how do you manage humidity levels in commercial buildings? An effective method is installing humidity control devices.

Dehumidifiers can be effective at reducing humidity levels. You can choose to install a dehumidifier in a single location. It’s a cost-effective solution when you only want to improve air quality in a smaller area.

Larger facilities with staff and visitors throughout the building may want to consider investing in a whole-building dehumidifier. While it is not an exact fix for humidity and air conditioning problems, a dehumidifier can make a noticeable difference.

What about when humidity levels are too low? It can be as uncomfortable as high humidity.

Our technicians at CS Mechanical often recommend installing a central humidification system. The unit works with your air conditioner to monitor humidity levels using a humidistat. A humidistat functions similarly to a thermostat. Except it measures humidity levels instead of air temperature.

Ideally, you want the humidity level to be around 35 to 50 percent. When the humidity drops below 35 percent, the central humidification system releases water vapor into the air, where it is circulated throughout the building.

Restaurant Air Conditioning

Creating a comfortable indoor atmosphere is crucial for the success of any restaurant. Sometimes, it can be difficult for your HVAC system to keep up. Heat from the kitchen can make the dining room feel uncomfortable. You also need to consider body heat from diners. Adding a few extra tables to keep up with demand can affect overall air quality.

When you are considering expanding your dining area, take a look at your current HVAC system. Chances are, you will need to update the ductwork design to ensure adequate airflow throughout the dining room.

Our technicians will evaluate your current ductwork design and make recommendations on ways to improve airflow. Redesigning the ductwork is relatively inexpensive and will help the HVAC system maintain a consistent temperature in your restaurant.

Kitchen Air Conditioner

Ovens, stoves, griddles, fryers, and dishwashers are common appliances in most restaurant kitchens. While these appliances are necessary, they also emit a lot of heat.

The heat can not only make kitchens uncomfortable for staff, but it can also seep out into the dining area.

Installing humidity controls can help make the kitchen more comfortable. Don’t forget that a dishwasher emits both heat and humidity.

You also want to check the position of the vents and ductwork. Sometimes, reconfiguring the design will improve airflow, which helps regulate the temperature in commercial kitchens.

Hospitality Air Conditioning

Humidity and air conditioning problems can be disastrous for businesses in the hospitality sector. Hotels depend on their guests and strive to provide an exceptional experience during their stay.

Comfortable bedding, adjustable in-room lighting, and complimentary breakfasts are perks hotels commonly use to improve their guests’ stay.

Something hotel owners and managers do not want to overlook is the air quality throughout the building. From the entryway and check-in desk to the hallways and guest rooms, hotels want the air temperature to be comfortable and consistent.

Along with performing routine maintenance on the HVAC system, hotels may also want to consider adding humidity controls. Having a professional inspect the ductwork’s placement can also help to improve indoor air quality.

Contact CS Mechanical for Your Humidity and Air Conditioning Problems

Whether it’s routine maintenance to prevent potential problems, installing a central humidification system, or reconfiguring the ductwork, CS Mechanical is here to help. Visit our HVAC Services page for more information on what CS Mechanical Co can do for your business. Contact us today for an assessment of your facility.