Get the Balance Right

Humidification’s role in improving IAQ is well known, and the Electrode Boiler humidifier can be an ideal choice.  We explain why….

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And Breathe……

We highlight the importance of ventilation, air purification and humidity control to the health of employees and visitors as they return to the workplace.

 

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Perfect humidity control for museum

John Barker – Managing Director of Humidity Solutions explains what to do with a museum and gallery where humidity swings over a wide range – even when the temperature control is spot on.

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Working together works

Energy saving is not about reducing energy usage. John Barker of Humidity Solutions explains.

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Finding the right solution

A high pressure humidification system from Humidity Solutions is improving productivity at VGL. We find out more…

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Workers Welfare

Milliken marketing and design director Alison Kitchingman shared her thoughts on providing higher levels of support for facilities users:

“Safety as well as mental and physical well-being are now firmly at the top of the corporate agenda,” she says. “Employees need help and reassurance

that the office can be safe and find ways to maintain social distancing and good hygiene practices.”

Companies have an obligation to create a work environment that minimises the potential
for virus transmission, Ms Kitchingman continues. They also have a responsibility to develop a new culture and promote responsible behaviours, where employees will be required to play their part and act responsibly.

“Flooring can be an effective tool to help with social distancing and promote mental and physical well-being in the workplace. Floor coverings can provide the perfect medium for informative communications
that can direct traffic flow and indicate the positioning of individuals and furniture pieces. Signage embedded into the floor is impossible to overlook and simple to follow.”

Alison Kitchingman, Milliken marketing and design director

Carpet can effectively be used to define boundaries, create zones, provide wayfinding, set navigation, direct traffic and provide a measuring tool through graphic messaging, colours

and patterns, she continues. Floor tiles not only provide an effective way to design important new safety elements into the office layout, they also help promote a spirit of positivity and sense of security.

“They provide a highly visible and easy to follow guide for employees returning to work.
In addition, they contribute well-being elements to improve the workplace experience: from introducing vibrant colours and beautiful patterns, to using cushion backing for improved acoustics and luxurious underfoot comfort,” says Ms Kitchingman.

Humidity Solutions business development for indoor air quality Anais Stone says that whether working at home or in the office, the quality of the air we are breathing has never been more in focus.

“Whilst acknowledging
that good ventilation is key,
our homes and offices are increasingly built to be more airtight to improve insulation and conserve heating costs and, as winter approaches, we will be less inclined to open the windows – how can we ensure that our indoor air is as ‘clean’ as possible?” she asks.

Firstly, users need to find out more about their air quality, Ms Stone continues. There are a

variety of monitors available – wall or desk mounted – which monitor and record all the vital elements of IAQ, including VOC, CO2, relative humidity and temperature. Where improvement is required, and where adequate systems are not already built into the fabric/ design of the building, or are out-dated, there are some straightforward and cost- effective retro-fit solutions:

Humidity control is achievable as stand-alone units or positioned above a false ceiling to regulate levels. Scientific evidence has proven that maintaining relative humidity between 40% and 60%

will significantly reduce the transmission of airborne viruses, she continues.

Stand-alone room filtration units can also provide fresh, clean air by trapping 99.99% of ultra-fine particles using HEPA filtration. This removes particles up to 0,003 microns, captures chemical pollutants (VOCs) using activated carbon filters, and can be completed with an app to allow condition monitoring and remote control.

She further explains that heat recovery units allow fresh air into a building whilst being filtered and recovering the heat from the extracted, stale air and can be extremely efficient.

“Provision for air movement, filtration and humidity all greatly improve Indoor air quality. Monitoring and recording

of these values is critical to establishing, and maintaining, a healthy air quality.

“As each building varies in its requirements due to location, usage, existing infrastructure etc, we do recommend consulting

a specialist who can advise
on the right solutions for your specific environment,” Ms Stone concludes.

Anais Stone, Humidity Solutions business development for indoor air quality

Towards a stable environment

Close control of humidity is crucial in the manufacture and development of lithium-ion batteries. John Barker looks at the solutions available to make the process safe and reliable.

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Run Out of Steam?

In this world of energy efficiency, have self-generating steam humidifiers had their day? asks Lindsey Henderson, sales director at Humidity Solutions.

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Improve Quality and Shelf Life with Ultrasonic Humidification

Removing field heat quickly and efficiently, and maintaining quality whilst extending storage time are key issues for all growers to improve productivity and profitability.

Highly effective for salad, baby leaf and brassica, the latest ultrasonic humidification technology reduces the dehydration your crop suffers whilst in cold storage. Using pure water and 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 it is in high 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 – thereby also  helping the fight against food wastage.

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

Humidity Solutions is a UK specialist in humidity control and can advise, design, install and maintain the correct system for any specific application.

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Humidity control: virus protection, IAQ and care homes

As the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) debate takes on ever greater significance and dominates headlines during the pandemic, John Barker, managing director of Humidity Solutions, examines the research on the role humidity control can play, and looks at some of the solutions for care homes, hospitals and places of work.

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Take Aim At Viruses

John Barker examines how the threat from viruses and bacteria can be reduced in care homes and hospitals thanks to the careful maintenance of the relative humidity. To read the full article please click here

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John Barker discusses the role humidity control plays in working towards a greener climate

Controlling the atmosphere

When writing about humidity control for the Green Guide, I had firstly to think about what we mean by green?

Is it the energy used by the equipment itself? Do we consider the source of the energy? Electric is greener than gas at the point of use. Should the calculation take into consideration the whole system costs? if we supply power to one item but it reduces the combined energy costs then this is surely green?

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Bespoke humidity solutions

Like many things in the modern world, lithium battery technology is changing all the time, and in quite dramatic ways.
With batteries, chemical components like lithium-ion, lithium iron phosphate, graphene and more, means you need a stable environment with less than 1% humidity, as these particular chemicals are highly sensitive to moisture.

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Dehumidification explained

Humidity control via dehumidification is vital in so many sectors of industry. From the creation of charcuterie products, the storage and protection of classic cars or artefacts, through to packaging tablets and powders in the pharmaceutical sector – the applications are wide and varied as John Barker of Humidity Solutions explains.
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Keeping RH in its place

Humidity Solutions have featured in the latest edition of PECM (Process Engineering Control & Manufacture).

Effective humidity control is a necessity for all work environments and is particularly import in many industrial environments, says John Barker of Humidity Solutions.

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A different way of thinking

As our planet warms, we need more than ever to keep our people cool. However, concern continues to escalate over the potential dangers and inefficiencies of air conditioning, with Richard Branson recently joining the debate to try and force more legislation to ensure manufacturers reduce the use of dangerous refrigerants and raise their energy efficiency. But why not also consider other energy efficient, cost effective and hygienic ways of cooling? John Barker of Humidity Solutions explains.

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Controlling environmental factors

Food production requires humidity solutions to achieve the best quality in both preservation and presentation, as John Barker explains…

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In The Hot Seat – John Barker

Humidity Solutions have recently been featured in the latest ACR news magazine.

The article titled “In The Hot Seat” includes an interview with our Director John Barker.

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Humidity Solutions partners with Vapac

Humidity Solutions is now the exclusive UK distributor for the West Midlands-manufactured Vapac range of electrode boiler steam humidifiers.

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Humidity Solutions and Vapac join forces

Humidity Solutions has become the sole UK distributor for the West Midlands-manufactured Vapac range of electrode boiler steam humidifiers.

The move marks Vapac’s return following a fire in June last year that destroyed its factory in Brierley Hill, along with stock and spares.

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Control your humidity

Companies operating processes where airborne moisture content is critical are discovering the value of Humidity Solutions’ innovative remote monitoring service. By David Fowler.

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The role of humidity in IAQ

Humidity control plays an essential role in maintaining indoor air quality and supporting a healthy workplace. John Barker of Humidity Solutions explains. Possibly the only subject that is creating as much debate as Brexit, but similarly not reaching a commonly agreed conclusion, is what the standard should be for indoor air quality (IAQ).

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Controlling Humidity Efficiently

Humidity Solutions have recently been featured in the latest ACR news magazine.

Effective humidity control is essential for workplace health and also for many other reasons in various indoor environments. John Barker of Humidity Solutions explains how humidification and dehumidification can be achieved with optimum energy efficiency.

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Indoor air quality – Addressing the standards deviation

Humidity Solutions have recently been featured in the latest ACR News magazine.

Indoor air quality is a hot topic at the moment, yet there is no indoor air quality standard for offices and other workplaces in the UK. John Barker, managing director of Humidity Solutions feels this is a serious omission.

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Bespoke Humidity Control

Humidity Solutions have recently been featured in the latest Process Engineering Control and Manufacturing magazine.

Humidity Solutions systems reduce gluing time for specialist fabric producer.

Humidity Solutions has delivered a bespoke humidity control solution to specialist automotive supplier Uniroyal Global to support the company’s productivity and quality control.

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10 Years of Humidity Control

Humidity Solutions have recently been featured in the latest ACR journal.

Humidity Solutions recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Here, managing director John Barker reflects on a sometimes challenging decade and and looks forward to future innovations.

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The Art of Humidity Control

Humidity Solutions have recently been featured in the latest ACR News magazine.

While effective humidity control is important for any indoor environment, it has particular significance for spaces housing fragile or historic items
– as well as some items that aren’t typically considered as delicate. John Barker of Humidity Solutions explains…

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Feel the heat

Humidity Solutions have recently been featured in the latest OM Yoga magazine.

The volcanic solution to creating the perfect hot yoga environment. By John Barker.

Humidity Solutions has designed two all­ in-one bespoke units, that combine heating, humidification and air filtration, with optional heat recovery – the Vesuvius and the ETNA. Humidity Solutions have a wealth of experience, having worked with over 100 studios in the UK and Europe. The company has access to a wide range of humidifiers to suit all yoga applications and will consider each studio on its own specific requirements and conditions. The Vesuvius or the ETNA fit the bill for many.

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Remote monitoring and service

Humidity Solutions have recently been featured in the latest Industrial Plant and Equipment magazine.

On some sites where humidifiers are installed, the workforce do not have the experience or time to maintain the equipment. For this reasonHumidity Solutions now offers a remote monitoring service where the control panel is fitted with a mobile connection or is linked to the site’s internet and sends information from the humidifier to a secure cloud data store where Humidity Solutions can pick up live data to monitor.

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Stability at low humidity levels

Humidity Solutions have recently been featured in the latest Industrial Plant and Equipment magazine.

Humidity Solutions has provided a DT Group MDC1000 desiccant dehumidifier to a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, to ensure that the humidity being delivered to the space is below 15% RH at 21°C. The product is a reagent strip used in urinalysis. It provides results quickly and accurately for the end user, but is extremely sensitive to moisture during manufacture and before being sealed in its plastic housing.

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Asking the right questions

Humidity Solutions have recently been featured in the latest ACR News magazine.

John Barker, managing director of Humidity Solutions, tackles the importance of asking the right questions at the beginning of a job to ensure a completed and cost-effective project.

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Time to standardise workplace IAQ

Humidity Solutions have recently been featured in the latest ACR News magazine.

The absence of a standard for indoor air quality in UK offices and other workplaces is an omission that needs to addressed, says John Barker, Managing Director of Humidity Solutions.

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Independently better

Humidity Solutions have recently been featured in the latest Print Solutions magazine.

Established in 2008, Humidity Solutions, the UK’s independent specialist in humidity control, is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

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Meeting of ancient and modern

Humidity Solutions have recently been featured in the latest Energy in Building and Industry magazine.

The benefits of adiabatic cooling have been known for thousands of years. It still makes sense to apply them to the control of temperature and humidity in our buildings, says John Barker.

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Taking control of humidity

Humidity Solutions have recently been featured in the latest AIM bulletin.

Effective humidity control makes all the difference to the protection of exhibits, as John Barker of Humidity Solutions explains.

Controlling the impact of humidity on works of art and other exhibits to ensure compliance with BS5454 (Recommendations for the storage and exhibition of archival documents) can be particularly demanding, both for public areas and storage facilities. Environmental conditions may also be dictated by insurance companies or benefactors.

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Humidity’s hidden impact

Humidity Solutions have recently been featured in the latest Modern Building Services magazine.

When specifying ‘air conditioning’ it’s important to consider all aspects of thermal comfort, including humidity control John Barker explains.

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Innovation in humidity control

Humidity Solutions have recently been featured in the latest Heating and Ventilating magazine.

Humidity Solutions is a specialist in humidity control, combining a range of high quality products with many years of application knowledge. Sales director John Barker reveals more in a Q&A with HVR.

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HVR News May Issue

Humidity Solutions have appeared in the May issue of Heating & Ventilating News.

The article gives an informative insight into Infection Control via RH levels and how managing humidity levels can have a significant impact on the effectiveness of infection control.

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The Right Conditions for Hot Yoga

Humidity Solutions have written an article which appears in the OM Yoga Teacher Training Guide 2018.

This article describes how providing the perfect hot yoga experience is heavily reliant on maintaining the required temperature and humidity.

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Industrial Plant & Equipment

Keeping RH in its place

Effective humidity control is a necessity for all work environments and is particularly important in many industrial environments, says John Barker of Humidity Solutions.

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ACR News

Humidity Solutions have shared their expertise on humidity control within museums and galleries in this months ACR News.

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Print Monthly October 2017

Humidity Solutions have recently been featured in Print Monthly magazine for an article regarding the importance of controlling your print environment.
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ACH Magazine

How does the optimum humidity level for preservation of arts and antiquities compare to other environments?

Most indoor environments can tolerate reasonably wide varia- tion in relative humidity (RH) – say between 40 and 60 per cent RH for an o ce – without ill e ects. The sensitivity of antiques, works of art and other heritage objects to variation in RH means that they require closer control to ensure the RH varies by only a few per cent.
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Built Environment

Humidity Solutions Launches Versatile In-Duct Humidification System

Humidity Solutions has introduced the Airtec Hydrosens in-duct high pressure adiabatic humidification system, capable of modulating water flow in seven different combinations to deliver precise control in each space.
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HVR

Many existing buildings lack the effective humidity control that is necessary to maintain acceptable indoor air quality. John Barker of Humidity Solutions considers the options for retrofit Read More

Print Monthly

MORE THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS –

To make a print business truly efficient you need an eye for detail, Brendan Perring investigates how pulling together an array of kit could help exponentially boost your performance.

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Print Solutions

Article Introduction as featured in Print Solutions May 2016 Edition:

ALL IN ONE
One unit for environmental control in digital print rooms thanks to Humidity Solutions.

Energy In Buildings & Industry Article Sept

As both the financial and environmental costs of refrigerant-based cooling come under close scrutiny there are very good reasons for considering alternative technologies, says John Barker

The cooling effects of evaporating water have been known for thousands of years and used to good effect in a wide range of applications. In more recent decades this ‘low-tech’ approach has been superseded by refrigerant-based cooling, bringing with it a considerable increase in energy consumption – plus the additional environmental impact of using refrigerants.
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Water, Energy & Environment Article

Humidity control without high energy bills.

Humidity control is vital in maintaining workplace comfort but often overlooked. John Barker of Humidity Solutions discusses energy-efficient retrofit options.
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Feature in H&V News

Humidity Solutions Sales Director John Barker is featured in this months Heating & Ventilation News publication.

In article reads:

Q&A – “Armageddon has probably been brought about by introducing my dinner guests”
John Barker – Sales Director at Humidity Solutions, on Kylie Minogue’s company, brown sauce and the privatisation of the M25
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Coping with the British weather not just humidity

Outdoor Installations

Humidifiers pose a unique issue when designing a roof top or outdoor system as the need to prevent the water within the humidifier from freezing but equally keeping the electronics cool has to be considered.

When considering a humidifier for installation outdoors, factors such as weatherproof design, ease of installation and operation, as well as ensuring reliability and performance become a major factor but are often ignored.
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Humidity Is The Print Solution

Humidity Solutions Ltd and Danish Humidifier manufacturer Airtec have both seen an expansion in all sectors of the print markets and have joined forces to take advantage of this growth. Using the Airtec technology alongside Humidity Solutions UK and Ireland market and application knowledge they have a strong team of engineers able to recommend the best humidity control and or environmental cooling for all requirements. Read More