Humidification is becoming more and more common in a variety of commercial and industrial settings, including hospitals, medical facilities, manufacturing, printing, warehouse/storage, data centers, electronics suppliers, clean rooms, laboratories, and more. Many of these industries have to meet relative humidity levels to comply with ASHRAE air quality specifications. When it comes to humidification, water quality is an important consideration.
Varying Water Quality Requirements
There are a variety of humidification systems available for different applications. And it’s important to know that water quality requirements can vary from system to system. Regardless of what type of humidification system you are are using, you will likely need some kind of water treatment.
The Cost of Low Water Quality
If your water quality doesn’t meet your system’s requirements, you’ll end up with operational inefficiencies, costly maintenance and repairs, and ultimately, a reduced equipment lifespan. “We see this in the field all the time,” explains Steve Guercia, commercial and public water specialist at Secondwind Water Systems.
Steve and his team recently worked with a small electronic components manufacturer that has five immersion coil humidifiers for their production space. The heating coils were failing every three to four months, requiring ongoing maintenance and costly replacement parts. “We installed one central water purification system and then piped the five humidifier feeds into one central pipe to be supplied with the purified water. It’s been over a year, and not one of the coils has failed,” he points out.
Due to low water quality, this heating coil corroded and failed, requiring replacement.
Equipment Warranty Considerations
Guercia says that all too often, humidification units are installed without considering their water quality requirements—which can vary by both system type and manufacturer. “If the water quality specs aren’t available in the installation manual, we often call the manufacturer for them,” Guercia notes. He points out that knowing your system’s water quality requirements is critical to maintaining your warranty. “When humidifiers fail prematurely and water quality was not addressed, most manufacturers will not honor the equipment warranty until a proper pre-treatment system is installed,” he adds.
Commercial Water Treatment in NH
If you are installing a humidification system, contact the Secondwind team. We’ll evaluate your water quality and determine whatever treatment is needed to protect your system. If your existing humidifier system is requiring frequent maintenance or has had heat exchanger failures, give us a call at (603) 641-5767. We’ll conduct a free on-site water analysis, and work with you determine the appropriate treatment for your system and budget.