Indoor Pool Dehumidifiers
Indoor swimming pools, or natatoriums, offer relaxation, exercise, and entertainment year round in Athens, OH, no matter what the weather outside is doing. However, indoor pools present unique maintenance and care requirements not necessary with outdoor swimming pools, primarily dehumidification. With the proper dehumidification, your pool’s indoor-surround environs will remain comfortable, healthy, and clean, and your pool’s operating costs can be kept to a minimum. Our professionals at Airclaws are knowledgeable and proficient in indoor-pool requirements. Call us at 740-448-COOL when you’re planning to purchase a dehumidifier or if your current pool situation needs attention. We are happy to help in any scenario you may have.
An indoor swimming pool is comprised of four main factors working synergistically: the building itself, ventilation, water chemistry, and dehumidification. This is a delicate balancing act with each factor affecting the others, and keeping dehumidification monitored is utterly necessary for this overall balance and for all the benefits it creates.
One such benefit dehumidification creates is the prevention of interior damage by removing the excess moisture, avoiding standing water on floors, walls, and ceilings, and preventing corrosion of metal, wood, and paint. Mold and mildew damage are also avoided.
Better Indoor Climate
Another benefit with dehumidification is the drastic improvement of the indoor climate. Excessive humidity causes mold, mildew, and bacteria, resulting in air-quality problems such as noticeable odors or respiratory issues like allergies or even asthma. Dehumidification prevents excessive humidity, thereby preventing these problems.
Lower Energy Costs
A third benefit of dehumidification is lower energy costs, materializing through lowering apparent temperature, recycling current air, and lowering heating costs. Apparent temperature is different than actual temperature––apparent temperature is what your body feels or perceives the temperature to be rather than what the actual temperature is. When the humidity is high, bodies cannot cool via perspiration. With lower humidity, your body can perspire, which can then evaporate, causing your body to feel cooler. This results in savings on summer cooling costs.
Another way to save on energy costs is by recycling the climate air that’s already the correct temperature, so as not to waste energy heating or cooling air drawn in from the outdoors. Dehumidifiers keep using the climate air, as opposed to many pool-ventilation systems that bring in fresh outdoor air to replace the humid air accumulating in the pool room. This fresh air requires cooling or heating, thus wasting energy.
Yet another way of lowering your energy costs is to use the captured-heat energy from your dehumidifier for heating. A dehumidifier cools air until the excess moisture is forced to condense out of the air. Heat energy is expelled when water vapor condenses into water, since liquid water is at a lower energy state than water vapor. This is the heat energy that can be captured and used to heat your pool area.
Special monitoring is necessary to control the humidity from your indoor pool, so it’s highly recommended to schedule checkups more often than the normal six- or 12-month time frame. Indoor pools can malfunction quickly causing damage in various ways. With frequent monitoring, our professional technicians can spot anything amiss and address it immediately.
The majority of the time, most indoor pools need heat for both pool water and air to maintain a typical condition of 82°F water temperature, 84°F air temperature, and 50 to 60 percent relative humidity (RH). Regular maintenance will ensure these temperatures and RH are met. To help monitor these levels, talk to our technician about installing a hygrometer in your pool area, an instrument measuring humidity.
Some other maintenance issues to be monitored on a regular basis are evaporation, condensation and corrosion, drain-line blockages, and filters. Each of these issues affects the comfort, safety, and cost of your indoor pool. Our highly qualified technicians are well-versed in each of these issues and would be happy to advise you on any of them.
Choosing the appropriate dehumidifier for your indoor swimming pool can be daunting, but it’s imperative for the well-being of your pool and its surrounds. Once your dehumidifier is up and running, you need to think about maintaining your unit to keep it running as it’s designed to work. Talk to one of the technicians at Airclaws to assist you in both of these.
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