Office humidification & humidity  control for health

Office humidification & humidity control for health

Office environments that are air conditioned during the summer and heated in the winter will suffer from low humidity without correct humidification. Prolonged exposure to a dry atmosphere will effect the health of staff, increase absenteeism and lower productivity.

One of the first noticeable effects of dry air is electrostatic shocks, which occur below a threshold of 40%RH. Other less recognisable effects include dry itchy skin, contact lenses prematurely drying out and causing discomfort, sore eyes and throat, and an increase in dehydration.

Tests have shown that the transmission of airborne viruses, such as influenza, are greater at a low humidity. Maintaining an optimum humidity will reduce airborne transmissions on an office and reduce absenteeism.

The recommended level of humidity for human health is between 40-60%RH. To maintain this level large offices will employ industrial humidification systems within the central air conditioning system. However, in-room humidifier systems are available that can introduce moisture directly and discretely to a room's atmosphere.

40-60%RH is the optimum condition for employee health and productivity in an office environment.

Benefits of Condair humidification in office environments include:

  • Extensive expertise around the world in office applications
  • Comprehensive product range to precisely meet customers' requirements
  • Low energy systems to reduce operating costs and improve humidity control
  • Low maintenance solutions that minimise on-going service requirements
  • Comprehensive service of expert advice, design, supply, installation, commissioning, maintenance and spares supply
  • Increased staff productivity through improved health and reduced absenteeism

Our office clients include

    - Canary Wharf, UK

    - Ministry of Defence, UK

    - Inland Revenue, UK

    - Reuters, UK

    - Virgin Media, UK

    - Whitehall, UK

    - BOC Group plc, UK

    - Direct Line Insurance, UK

    - Glaxo Smithkline, UK

    - Bank of America, UK

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    Other information on health and humidity

    The science behind a healthy humidity

    Check out the many studies that prove the optimal indoor humidity for health is 40-60%RH

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    Dry air and our airway defence system

    Low humidity dries our mucous membranes and inhibits our body's natural defence against airborne germs, viruses and bacteria.

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    Dry air and airborne infection

    Low humidity acts as a conduit for viruses and airborne bacteria to disperse and travel around a building and threaten all occupants.

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    Dry air and our eyes

    Low humidity dries our eyes' precorneal tear film making us prone to eye irritations and contact lens discomfort.

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