Cheese Production

Careful control of humidity, temperature and air circulation is critical to the successful development of most cheeses.  In general, a warm, moist environment is required, in combination with the appropriate range of acidity, moisture content and salt content in the cheese.

Typical RH levels are maintained between 75-95%, with temperature held in a range of 10-13⁰C for cheese to age properly. Cold storage refrigeration (3-4.5⁰C) is kept at around 65% RH.

Steam humidifiers are often the solution the production of cheese, but adiabatic humidifiers may also be appropriate and have the added advantage of offering ‘free cooling’.  In some circumstances it may be dehumidification which is required to remove excessive moisture during the drying, ripening or storage of cheese.

Humidity Solutions has a range of humidifiers and dehumidifiers to be able to recommend the appropriate solution for your particular product and facility.

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Post Harvest

  • Highly effective for Salad, Baby Leaf and Brassica.
  • Maximise pick weight
  • Improve Quality & shelf life
  • Improving natures freshness
  • Absorbed naturally, being smaller than the stomata in the leaves
  • Promotes faster, more efficient cooling with less energy used
  • Removes field heat quickly and efficiently
  • Extended storage times
  • Up to 98% humidity
  • Enables strategic Cropping – harvest when conditions are poor

Using the latest ultrasonic humidification technology we reduce the dehydration your crop suffers whilst in cold storage. We use pure water, no chemicals to fill the cold store with a visible fog which will penetrate your crop and re-hydrate it. This natural process is known as the Adiabatic effect (evaporative cooling). By rehydrating your crop you can maximise the pick weight, enhance the quality, locking in the natural freshness with just purified water. Additional benefits you will also experience are lower energy costs as this process promotes more efficient cooling with less energy used due to removing field heat quickly. The produce will see an extended shelf life and you can store your crop for longer periods or when weather conditions are poor otherwise known as strategic cropping.

This technology is gaining in popularity at a time when consumers are pushing for reduced plastic usage and so this technology is high in demand. Not only does this allow you to use less plastic in the cold store so the crop is affectively naked, the produce will have a longer shelf life in the retail environment with or without plastic and so we are helping the fight against food wastage.

Our crop hydration systems can be retro fitted into existing cold stores or installed for new build.

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Hydroponics

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil by using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent.  It is an area which requires a very carefully controlled environment.  Humidification, dehumidification, or both may be required to maintain optimum growing conditions.

In our most recent install Humidity Solutions supplied a cold water high pressure system from our partner Airtec for an application in the north west of England.  Previously, stand-alone small capacity units had been forbearing in this industry, but the advantages of using an Airtec system soon became apparent.

The Airtec system offers the advantages of being able to control multiple areas off one control panel which in turn reduces maintenance and simplifies installation. Installation is further simplified using easy to install flexible hose and push fit connections. Control is via a sensor per zone with a different humidity level able to be set for each area if desired.

Mobile dehumidifiers are also often used in this environment with Humidity Solutions able to select from a wide range of desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifiers alongside the mobile equipment.

Similar processes where humidity control is beneficial are:

  • Micro herbs
  • Hydroponics
  • Propagation
  • Aquaponics
  • Root Hydration
  • Medicinal Cannabis Humidification
  • Medicinal Marijuana Humidification
  • Ripening Rooms

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Within our product range is a choice of both refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers, each offering a huge variety of machine capacities.    This enables Humidity Solutions to provide a solution for all applications, and this is further supported by a custom manufacture facility. For rapid response to flood-water damage related instances, Humidity Solutions have a superb, fully portable rotomoulded dehumidifier, capable of an extraction rate of 70litres/24hrs, with an auto pump out feature capable of pushing 3 metres lift.  Add to this a ductable 6 inch outlet, this enables use of the warmer dry air exiting the machine.  Alternatively, choose from a full selection of desiccant machines for advanced drying techniques.

All of our products are fully supported here in the United Kingdom, with after care and service-plans further extending the service Humidity Solutions are renowned for. From our offices in Leatherhead, we carry large stocks and are therefore able to react quickly to surge-type demands. At Humidity Solutions we pride ourselves on our individual approach to each project and, with an experienced team with several combined years of engineering and technical knowledge and expertise, we can offer a unique, tailored solution to each application.

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Spas and Swimming Pools

Swimming pools require dehumidification and air movement to prevent mould and excessive humidity which can cause dripping and uncomfortable environment in the pool hall. To achieve this we can calculate the size of the dehumidifier based on the size and temperature of the pool and pool hall in addition to whether the pool surface is covered at night to reduce evaporation and the use for the pool – splashing children or calm lane swimming which again affects the moisture evaporation rate.

Wall and floor mounted dehumidifiers are available which can be mounted in or outside the pool hall dependant on the specific requirements and specification with output suitable for the smallest domestic hot tub up to Olympic size 50m public pools.

Heat recovery and energy efficiency are essential in todays cost conscious world and these units deliver with air heat recovery systems to pre heat incoming fresh air or by using excess process heat to warm the pool water.

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Vehicle Storage

Humidity Solutions offers a wide range of humidity control solutions for vehicle storage facilities, ranging from small garages through to valuable collections of vintage and classic motors.

Vehicles are particularly vulnerable to damage to bodywork and interior fabrics due to high humidity. High moisture levels can accelerate corrosion of metallic surfaces, whilst a build up of moisture in fabrics accelerates degradation and may even lead to mould growth.

Controlling humidity through dehumidification, rather than by simply heating the space, is widely accepted as the most effective option in terms of protecting the vehicles whilst optimising energy efficiency.

For larger storage requirements Humidity Solutions’ range of desiccant dehumidifiers is the ideal solution. Models range from free-standing mobile units to larger bespoke designs, with drying capacities from 0.6 kg/hour to 162 kg/hour and air volumes up to 24,000 m³/hour.

Desiccant dehumidifiers also introduce a low level of heating that supports the dehumidification process and helps to gently dry vehicles that have been garaged whilst still wet from rain.

For smaller spaces there is a wide selection of refrigerant dehumidifiers.

What our vehicle storage customers say about us...

DW - Classic Car Owner

DW - Classic Car Owner

“… exemplary service, and a superb solution. ..I am just ready to fire up the machine ready for the car coming back Friday. Thank you so much for all the help that Humidity Solutions has given me.”

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Charcuterie

Humidity Solutions can offer packaged equipment to humidify and dehumidify your drying and curing rooms to ensure you maintain 60 to 70% Relative Humidity whilst removing moisture from the product.  Whether it’s a 10 day process for Salami, 20 days for Chorizo, or longer, we can maintain the conditions and reduce the moisture to your own closely guarded recipe.

Humidity Solutions can maintain the temperature at 13 to 15oC using bespoke refrigeration systems using the latest energy efficient equipment and environmentally friendly refrigerant that will match the temperature and humidity conditions required.

Humidity Solutions is delighted to have supported British Charcuterie Live since its inception, and this year we will be sponsors of the Best New Product across all classes.  Final judging and awards will be held at BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace from 1st – 4th August 2019.  The aim of the awards is to champion quality British Charcuterie producers and ensure these craft makers receive the recognition they deserve.

Humidity Solutions offer a free survey, design and quotation, and an installation service as well as a maintenance contract for the life span of the systems and equipment.

Talk to the experts in this exciting artisan food market.

What our charcuterie customers say about us...

JM - Chiltern Charcuterie

JM - Chiltern Charcuterie

“Humidity Solutions took the time to fully understand our requirements and propose the best solution – delivering the equipment within a few days. We are very pleased with the system and the service we received.”

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Timber and Wood Processing

Dry air can result in textile fibres becoming fragile and breaking as they are run through the looms. This can result in downtime and slower productions due to the stoppages. If the humidity in the area is correctly controlled this can mean that the issue of the micro-dust and “flocks” that get caught in the looms are eliminated.

The right level of humidity minimises lower regain being caused by dry air, it can also prevent the yarns being influenced by low moisture content making them weaker and brittle which results in more friction making the yarns prone to static electrification. By preventing low humidity occurrences static problems are reduced, making machines speeds quicker and the materials become more manageable.

Spray humidifiers are the humidity solution as they reduced high factory temperatures due to their abundant cooling effect. Adiabatic humidification is a perfect solution as these humidifiers remove some of the heat generated by the looms, from the air. Low humidity causes the fabric to shrink, where as maintained humidity results in the fabric being more reliable to cut and to fit. This is extremely important for exampe in the carpet industry when maintaining dimensions are important.

Humidity control is essential during storage and processing in the factory. Materials that benefit from being stored in a humidity controlled environment are finished products such as window and door frames as well as the wooden boards. This is because wood is a hygroscopic material and stabilisation of the ambient conditions allows wood to maintain the same dimensions throughout the production process. If the ambient conditions were not maintained the wood could expand or shrink, which could lead to cracks and deformations, wasting the material.

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Residential/Domestic

Residential & Domestic Humidification Systems

In line with modern residential building regulations to limit heat loss, modern domestic properties are made as air tight as possible. The reduction in fresh air naturally infiltrating a domestic home reduces moisture transfer with the knock-on effect being that the property becomes dry, causing the occupants to suffer from symptoms such as dry skin and eyes, eczema and dry throats – particularly at night.

Antique furniture, timber floors, artefacts and pictures can also crack due to the low humidity levels possibly reducing their value, affecting their appearance and making them difficult to insure if the climate in the residential property is not kept as constant as in a museum or gallery.

Residential heat exchangers and other energy efficient technical additions to a domestic building assist with temperature control and the removal of unwanted moisture from bathrooms but it is important to consider the air condition as a whole and this includes creating a stable humidity in the home.

The residential solutions range from free standing humidifiers to ducted systems or concealed humidifiers where all you see is a small grill in the wall.

For your health and condition of you furniture and possessionns, humidity control should be considered.

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Steam Baths

Steam Bath Humidification & Heating Systems

Steam bath steam generators have for many years been supplied by Humidity Solutions Ltd to the steam bath industry whether it be to manufacturers, facilities engineers or end user pool managers.

Offering Vapac electrode boiler or Neptronic resistive technologies, all applications are catered for as either a simple stand alone steam generator or for a complete solution where the Wellness unit controls essence, operation of lights and can be supplied with a remote controller.

Steam bath steam generators do require some consumables but to reduce down time all spares are carried in stock in the UK to ensure a speedy response. Installation, service and planned maintenance are all offered countrywide and on all makes and models of steam generators.

If you look after a steam generator that is getting a little tired, or causing expensive maintenance issues, then take advantage of Humidity Solutions’ scrappage scheme where additional attractive discounts are offered through this manufacturer supported scheme.

What our steam bath customers say about us...

ES - INCA Sauna and Steam specialists

INCA Sauna and Steam specialists

Humidity Solutions has …. very quick lead times, with most of their products being stock items and the reliability of their products is fantastic.  The staff are always incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and eager to please with a very ‘can do’ attitude

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Yoga Studios

Humidity Solutions has provided essential humidity control for over 100 studios in the UK. Hot yoga is practised in conditions of 40°C and 40 – 50% Relative Humidity to provide the ideal conditions to ensure a good work out and an environment that is conducive to this form of exercise.

Fresh air has to be brought into the studio to meet with building regulations to ensure that the build up of C02 generated by the students does not reach an uncomfortable level. When this air is brought in to the studio and heated to 40°C the humidity could drop down to below 10% RH which would make exercise very unpleasant.

Humidity is therefore introduced to bring the studio up to a comfortable 40% RH allowing the students to benefit fully from the class and not to suffer from dry skin, sore eyes or excessive dehydration of the body.

Hot yoga at 40°C protects muscles by allowing for a deeper stretch while also detoxifying the body by opening the skins pores to let the toxins out in sweat. It also save on heating bills as the perceived temperature is hotter than the actual allowing the room temperature to be reduced while achieving the same effects.

What our yoga customers say about us...

IP - Hot Yoga Coventry

IP - Hot Yoga Studio

Since the install, Hot Yoga … has gone from strength to strength and with the “Vesuvius” installed we have been able to offer a first class “Hot Yoga” experience to our clients/students.

GL - Newport Hot Yoga

GL - Newport Hot Yoga

Very positive customer feedback, and turnover is starting to build …..

We already are thinking about a second studio, can see the demand and have learnt a lot from opening this one.

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Offices and Meeting Rooms

Cold air from outside when heated creates low humidity air.

Hot air when passed over a cooling coil creates low humidity air.

So it can be seen that the requirement to humidify the air can be an all year requirement to ensure the comfort and well being of people in the building.

It has been shown that a good level of humidity can prevent dry eyes, sore throats and reduce the spread of air borne viruses thereby reducing sick leave and improving productivity.

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Adiabatic Cooling

Adiabatic cooling is achieved by using the same technology as an adiabatic humidifier but is controlled in a different way. When fine water droplets are formed by a spray humidifier or evaporation occurs off an evaporative matrix, then the heat energy required to change the water’s state from a liquid (water) to a gas (humid air) is considerable. This energy is not contained within the temperature of the water (unlike boiling water to create steam) so the heat energy is taken from the surrounding air which consequently cools the air.

100 kg/hr of evaporated water will result in 69kw of cooling within the air.

Applications such as data centres, offices, car and print plants plus timber machining areas all benefit from free cooling.

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Microprocessor Manufacturing

Electrostatic discharges are the enemy of electronic manufacture so a humidity of above 30% RH is the minimum required to prevent damage to electronic components.

Close control and extended maintenance life are demanded in this environment and can be provided by steam humidifiers or adiabatic cold water humidifiers which also remove unwanted heat gains.

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Oil Platforms

Oil platforms are commonly located in harsh environments so the personnel within the living quarters require excellent air quality. Low humidity caused by air conditioning and dry working environments can cause numerous medical conditions so a constant 50% RH is essential in this application.

Static – it goes without saying – is also unwanted on an oil rig and can be eliminated by maintaining an adequate level of moisture within the air.

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Printing & Packaging

Dry air in the printing industry can cause paper curl, web breaks and static build up; issues that are ever more regular in the winter months. When spooling the paper, printing presses may generate electrostatic charges, this can then mean that the pages become hard to seperate.

The optimum humidity for printing and paper storage conditions should be between 50-60% RH. Issues that can occur if the relative humidity is not at the correct level include:

– Paper can be misfed and creasing may occur, as in dry conditions moisture is drawn from the exposed surfaces of the stacks of paper. This means that tight edges can occur as the exposed edges shrink.

– Paper sizes can also transform and this would in turn affect how the colours line up in printing runs of two or more colour processes.

Once the humidity solution has been applied the separation of sheets of paper is improved, paper curl is avoided and productivity increases. The machinery will be able to work at a higher speed as the feed will be more efficient as less paper will be rejected.

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Hospitals and Operating Theatres

There is growing awareness of the relationship between relative humidity (RH) and pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. This has important implications for the role of RH management in infection control – especially in healthcare and pharmaceutical facilities.

Viruses such as influenza and norovirus (the ‘vomiting bug’) survive longer at an RH of 20-30%, whilst a mid-range RH between 40% and 70% will minimise their survival rate. Also, tests indicate the infectivity of the influenza virus is increased by both low and very high RH, with minimum infectivity at 50% RH.

RH has been shown to have a similar effect on airborne bacteria, with a high mortality rate of airborne pneumococci, streptococci & staphylococci at intermediate RH levels.

When RH is persistently below 40% it causes moist tissues in the nose, throat and lungs to dry out, leaving the body susceptible to infections. Therefore, maintaining mid-range RH not only reduces survival rates of viruses and bacteria, it also supports the body’s infection resistance.

In an operating theatre, dry air will increase the rate of evaporation from tissues, thereby exacerbating problems of dehydration.  Low humidity can also result in static and the risk of ignition of medical gases and reliability of electronic medical equipment.

An RH range of 40-70% is considered acceptable for most workplaces and will also be suitable for most healthcare facilities – though it’s important to check specific regulations relating to particular areas in hospitals and other facilities.

 

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Textile Processing

Dry air can result in textile fibres becoming fragile and breaking as they are run through the looms. This can result in downtime and slower productions due to the stoppages. If the humidity in the area is correctly controlled this can mean that the issue of the micro-dust and “flocks” that get caught in the looms are eliminated.

The right level of humidity minimises lower regain being caused by dry air, it can also prevent the yarns being influenced by low moisture content making them weaker and brittle which results in more friction making the yarns prone to static electrification. By preventing low humidity occurrences static problems are reduced, making machines speeds quicker and the materials become more manageable.

Spray humidifiers are the humidity solution as they reduced high factory temperatures due to their abundant cooling effect. Adiabatic humidification is a perfect solution as these humidifiers remove some of the heat generated by the looms, from the air. Low humidity causes the fabric to shrink, where as maintained humidity results in the fabric being more reliable to cut and to fit. This is extremely important for example in the carpet industry when maintaining dimensions are important.

Humidity control is essential during storage and processing in the factory. Materials that benefit from being stored in a humidity controlled environment are finished products such as window and door frames as well as the wooden boards. This is because wood is a hygroscopic material and stabilisation of the ambient conditions allows wood to maintain the same dimensions throughout the production process. If the ambient conditions were not maintained the wood could expand or shrink, which could lead to cracks and deformations, wasting the material.

What our textile processing customers say about us...

SH - Uniroyal

SH - Uniroyal

“We are very pleased with the quality of the system and support we received from Humidity Solutions. It has had a significant impact on our production processes with curing time reduced from three days to just 24 hours.”

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Food and Agriculture

Food stuffs such as cheese and malt barley both require humidification to assist with the maturing process. High humidity levels are required to ensure wanted mould growth.

Mushroom and maggot farms are in the more unusual sector of farming but important none the less and both require high humidity levels to encourage growth.

Tree storage relies on low temperature and high humidity to put them into a state of dormancy until they are required

These are just some of the examples of where humidity control is essential to the farming and food production sector.

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Leisure and Wellness Centres

Humidification of leisure and wellness centres is important as it ensures that the user of the centre can breathe properly, without problems such as dryness in the upper airways. Correct humidification can reduce the feeling of being cold and therefore allows the temperature of the rooms to be kept lower, in turn saving on energy bills and limiting heat that is lost. Another benefit of the correct humidity solution is that there would be a reduction in the amount of dust suspended in the air.

As well as leisure and wellness centres, humidification solutions can be found in Turkish baths. These work on the principle of dry heat mixed with cold plunges. There is a graded series of heated rooms that cleanse, relax and boost circulation. These rooms would be supplied with steam from a humidity solutions unit which would benefit the visitor of the centre by opening and cleansing their pores, and also cleansing their respiratory system.

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Cold Rooms

Humidity is kept at a very high level of between 90 – 95% RH, dependant on the product, to ensure that the product does not suffer from weight loss or deterioration in appearance. Fruit, vegetable and meats all benefit from correct storage which ensures that product sold by weight is kept at is a high level. Abattoirs are a prime example of preventing weight loss in a product sold by the kilogram. Humidity control also makes up for the moisture lost over low temperature cooling coils known as condensate.

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Libraries, Museums and Galleries

Some of the most prestigious museums and libraries in the UK are served by Humidifiers supplied to systems designed by Humidity Solutions.

Artefacts require a stable environment to ensure that the fibres within the hygroscopic materials (wood, paper, leather) do not expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity which is the process which causes the deterioration of valuable items.

Glues, mould growth, warping and fading are all unwanted results of poor climatic control. Humidity levels are ideally kept at a stable condition between the values of 45 – 65% RH.

In the UK, most humidity problems relate to low RH, so that humidification is the most common requirement.  However, there may be situations requiring dehumidification – perhaps even both at different times of the year.  In all such cases, systems designed to provide the required level  of control for the specific project are essential.

Humidity Solutions is proud to be a Specialist Supplier to the Museums and Heritage Advisor

What our library, museum and gallery customers say about us...

MD - Oxford University

MD - Oxford University

We have always been impressed by the application knowledge of Humidity Solutions staff, which enables them to create exactly the right environment for each situation.  The installation process and ongoing maintenance and service of the equipment is also dealt with professionally, and I would highly recommend this company.

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Pharmaceuticals and Cleanrooms

Humidity control plays a vital role in the production of pharmaceuticals by providing a stable condition in which to research, manufacture and develop. Processes and products are affected directly by moisture levels and can suppress unhelpful electro static charge and dust particles.

Humidifiers which provide very close control (+/- 1% RH) and long service life are essential in these areas so as not to cause inconsistent conditions or results – the use of water treatment is sometimes helpful in providing this stability

Both Cleanrooms and Pharmaceutical applications benefit from the above but where Home Office regulations are also involved they are legally required.

What our cleanroom and pharmaceutical customers say about us...

MD - Oxford University

MD - Oxford University

We have always been impressed by the application knowledge of Humidity Solutions staff, which enables them to create exactly the right environment for each situation.  The installation process and ongoing maintenance and service of the equipment is also dealt with professionally, and I would highly recommend this company.

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Data Centres and Telecom Rooms

It is very important to operate computer and networking equipment within a fairly narrow temperature range, this ensures reliable operation as well as giving the longest possibe life to the components working within that environment. This is important as even a few degrees too hot can blow a server chip. This could lead to a considerable cost to repair or refurbish the server, as well as the amount of money lost in the time that the server would be offline.

If the data centre or telecom room is operating under poor humidification control this could result in a potential accumulation of static electricity, which if discharged could damage the electronic components in the equipment.

The limit value for avoiding the risk of static electrical discharges is 35%. This limit value can occur as there is heat generated by the equipment as well as the inadequate recirculation of air.

Humidity Solutions can supply and install the best humidification solutions for the data centres and telecom room applications which can mean that the equipment lives up to its life expectancy and cost effectiveness.

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