Does your indoor swimming pool feel uncomfortably warm and humid?
|Have you noticed condensation on your windows and a strong smell of chlorine in the air? If so, chances are good that you have improper dehumidification and ventilation in your pool room area.|
|The climate surrounding an indoor swimming pool is very moisture laden. Indoor pools and spas continuously produce large quantities of water vapor through the evaporation process. Picture the water surface of your pool as a large humidifier capable of adding significant amounts of moisture to your pool room whenever the dew point of the air is less than the water temperature. This is referred to as surface condensation. It’s important to keep the pool water temperature lower than the air temperature. If not, you’re going to have additional energy costs because the pool is heating the room space. This will also create inevitable moisture problems. You should follow the ASHRAE recommended standard for relative humidity by maintaining a RH level between 50%-60%.|
Without effective dehumidification and ventilation systems, you risk the appearance of mold, corrosion, structural damage and an uncomfortable pool environment. Along with a properly sized swimming pool dehumidifier, it should be emphasized that some form of ventilation is essential, regardless of your pool room design. When air leakage carries water vapor into walls and ceilings, it is called interstitial condensation. This type of concealed condensation causes pool room deterioration in the form of corrosion. Warm, moist air combined with chlorine from pool chemicals attacks ferrous metals and accelerates damaging corrosion. As the chlorine laden water vapor permeates the walls of your pool room, it will start to deteriorate cement blocks, mortar joints and bricks. All metal objects, including doors and light fixtures, are subject to chlorine induced corrosion.
Once again, the primary source of high humidity in a pool room is water evaporation from the pool surface. This is why, besides using a swimming pool dehumidifier, it’s highly recommended that you use a pool cover when the pool is unoccupied. Another issue in pool rooms caused by high humidity levels is wood rot. Many indoor pools and spas use natural wood in the interior of the pool room. Without effective dehumidification, this pricy investment runs the risk of serious deterioration.
|4 Common Indicators Of Humidity Problems In Your Indoor Pool or Spa Room:
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