BlogThe Importance of Humidity Monitoring


Just like we may be uncomfortable in high humidity, the surrounding environment can be effected as well. Any business that has items that can be effected by humidity, such as food, technical equipment, and other physical products, are susceptible to its negative effects.

Three Reasons to Monitor Indoor Humidity:

  1. Preservation

    Monitoring the humidity of an environment is a basic step in the overall preservation of the materials it holds. Too much humidity leads to condensation, which in turn can then lead to corrosion. Besides the obvious physical damage to the environment that corrosion causes, it also can cause electrical shorts and other secondary issues. In the same note, if there is too little humidity there can be a buildup of electrostatic charge, and increased static electricity that can cause issues with computers and electrical equipment also.

  2. Mold

    Mold can not only cause issues with physical health but your physical goods that are stored also. The key to eliminating mold is moisture control. Start by cleaning any existing mold issue, and then removing the source of moisture. From here, maintaining the relative humidity between 30% and 60% percent will control the mold so it does not ruin your business property is essential.

  3. Processes

    Humidity effects air and all materials that come into direct contact with that air. Manufacturing, storage, and testing processes are dependent upon having the right humidity. Materials that must be stored while not in use are vulnerable to damage from improper humidity. If moisture levels rise or fall outside of this range, sterility of any medical equipment stored can be compromised and not suited for use.

The best way to ensure correct humidity is a remote temperature monitoring system such as E-Control Systems.

Businesses that can Benefit from Humidity Monitoring

  • Pharmacy – It is critical that a pharmacy is compliant with medication storage standards in order to ensure that all medications remain safe and effective.
  • Winery – If a wine cellar gets too dry, the corks shrink, which loosens the seal, allows air in and oxidizes the wine. Conditions that are too humid are also a problem as it can lead to mold growth and unpleasant smells in the wine.
  • Storage Facilities – People need to store a variety valuable things such as electronics, antiques, and artwork. Temperature and humidity monitoring options are a key selling point for a storage facility.
  • Restaurants/Grocery – To keep food safe for future consumption, a food bank can benefit from monitoring both the humidity and the temperature.
  • Nursery – When you have a variety of plants that come from different environments, you must have climate control in order for the plants to thrive.

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