Swimming Pool Dehumidifiers  

by Pool Builders on 02-15-2012 in Articles

Heated pools, especially indoor heated pools, will produce very large amounts of condensation and increased levels of humidity. Humidity and chemicals from your pool are constantly evaporating into the air. That humidity will soak its way through anything in its path, or condense on your walls, roof, floor and windows causing corrosion, wood rot, mould and bacteria growth and an unhealthy environment.

Attempting to solve the problem by opening doors and windows will do little to solve the problem, be it a domestic or commercial pool. Indoor swimming pools without proper dehumidification are susceptible to serious damage to fixtures and fittings, causing mould, wood rot, metal corrosion, and blistering of paint. The chemical odours, condensation, slippery floors, unsanitary bacteria levels and foggy windows will cause the environment to be unpleasant for swimmers.

To maintain the correct swimming environment, protect your property, and avoid these problems, an efficient dehumidification system is required. It is vital that as much excess moisture as possible is removed from the pool building before it causes any damage, and the humidity level is maintained so that evaporated water vapour doesn't seep in to the walls and ceilings.

The humid air contains energy known as latent energy, which can be used to heat the water and room. This makes dehumidification systems extremely eco friendly and cost effective. Some dehumidifiers are designed to remove the excess moisture and then reheat the air on its return. Heat is generated by the refrigeration process, which is what removes the moisture from the air as it passes through the system. At certain times of the year the heat provided by the dehumidification process may be enough to keep the room warm, but the unit will only heat the air while it is running. Therefore in cold climates or cooler times of the year, a primary heating source for the swimming pool room will be required. A basic dehumidifier will just dehumidify the air. If you want the return air to be heated you can connect the unit to a boiler, and use the low pressure hot water it provides, to heat the air. Some systems also incorporate built in electric heaters.

Installing a dehumidifier may, at first, appear expensive; however the cost of repairing the structure from the damaging effects of excess moisture will far outweigh the swimming pool dehumidifier operating costs over a long period of time. The operating costs will vary depending on the size of the pool, the size of the room, the running hours and cost of energy. However, these costs are small when compared to the maintenance of a pleasant swimming environment, and the protection of buildings and equipment.

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