In the sports facility industry there is often concern with environmental control both in regards to temperature and humidity. Having humidity that is too high can result in comfort complaints, facility degradation, as well as lead to operating problems with systems and equipment. One of the most energy friendly methods of dehumidification is via use of a desiccant material. Please continue reading for further information.
Traditionally, dehumidification was achieved by lowering the temperature
of the air with refrigeration equipment, which chills the air while
condensing the water vapor. This technique requires large amounts of
energy because the air is often over-cooled during the moisture removal
Desiccant dehumidification flows air from the building over a porous
material that attracts moisture (see diagram above). The porous
material, or desiccant, attracts moisture until it is saturated and can
hold no more. Warm air is then passed over the desiccant and the
moisture is released and exhausted to the outside.