An effective and easy to maintain machine, the dehumidifier can become your silent partner in energy savings and safety.
Excess of everything is bad, including the level of moisture in your facility.
If your facility is struggling with excess moisture related issues, it would be showing you signs and symptoms. A quick check at your facility can help you to identify these warning signs. Some of them include:
Wet streaks on your wall
Peeling off paint on the walls and floor
Mold or mildew growth
Overhead ice formations on equipment and fixtures
Wet or icy floors
Frost and Ice on cold surfaces
Stored goods getting damp or damaged
Clumping / sticking products
Maintaining adequate levels of humidity and removing excess moisture from your facility can translate to multiple savings and tangible benefits. And one of the easiest and most effective way to treat this is by installing a dehumidifier.
Meet the dehumidifier
A dehumidifier has the ability to absorb excess moisture in your facility—from process rooms and docks to storage coolers and freezers. The desiccant material inside the dehumidifier has the ability to absorb water out of the air which passes through it. A dedicated hot air stream inside the machine is used to dry the desiccant material and to renew its moisture absorbing capacity once again. This system is known as a regen process and is repeated multiple times within the system.
Making the dehumidifier a critical piece of equipment at your facility can translate into multiple benefits. These include:
#1: Electricity Savings
In many facilities, defrost cycles often become an unavoidable part of the operations to ensure the efficiency of the equipment and have to be performed daily and sometimes even multiple times a day. Each defrost cycle adds to the electricity consumption in your facility as it adds extra heat into your space. A dehumidifier aids in maintaining a consistent level of moisture in your space, thus pushing the defrost cycles apart. So, a process that had to be done daily or in some cases multiple times a day will now be significantly reduced, which means an overall direct reduction in your utility bills.
The last thing we want at any facility is unplanned downtime. If the air in your facility is laden with excess moisture, it can affect the quality of your product too and the comfort of your operations team. For many processes, excess moisture is the cause for frequent cleaning cycles which means more line stoppages. Moreover, it hampers the productivity of your team by decreasing their comfort level in the space. A dehumidifier will take care of this problem by ensuring a consistent humidity level, thus helping minimize downtime on your production, enhancing safety and ensuring the quality of the product.
#3: Enhanced Safety and Maintenance
A dehumidifier contributes significantly to the Health and Safety program at your facility by reducing the risk of slip hazards and injuries. Excess moisture can lead to dripping water on walls and wet spots on the floor, and drain pans have the potential for overflowing which can become potential causes of slips. Consistently making your facility moisture-free also helps to avoid mold and mildew growth, peeling paints from walls, curbs and floors thus saving additional expenses on maintenance.
#4: Product Quality
In many applications, a dehumidifier will help you ensure that your product matches your quality standards. In a lot of products (think Bakeries), excess moisture can affect your production process. A dehumidifier ensures that your dry products remain stable and free flowing.
Along with these benefits, another attractive feature of this product is that it is very easy to maintain, and can easily be matched to your facility’s needs. You have the option to choose from a fixed v/s portable one and can choose to either buy it or rent it. CIMCO has a variety of rental dehumidifiers available for facility trial runs.
CIMCO understands that the requirements for varying facilities differ, which is where our expertise fits in. Our team will help you understand your moisture issues so you can meet the requirements at your facility, and can quote the installation and maintenance of the equipment matched to your needs. Get in touch to find out more!
About the Author:
By: Ken Millard, Key Account Manager, Industrial Service Sales, CIMCO Refrigeration
Ken is the Key Account Manager for Industrial Sales at CIMCO and has been working in this role for the last two years. He has over 10 years of prior experience working in the Refrigerated warehousing and Food Manufacturing sectors. He is passionate about sustainability with experience in Maintenance and Capital projects roles over these years.
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