What Does Humidity Percentage Mean?
November 12th, 2016 by Smart Fog
The humidity percentage is a concept you need to know about. Particularly when you are exploring commercial humidification, the right percentage needs to be maintained. Regardless of what industry you work in, precise and controlled results are a necessity.
What It Means
The humidity percentage is based on a 100% scale. You will often read about humidity as it pertains to the weather. However, based upon the temperature indoors and various other factors, it will also describe the environment indoors. Using a humidity calculator can even make it possible to learn more about the temperature and the humidity when you know some basic details.
Humidity is the water vapor mass contained within the total mass of dry air inside a specified volume of air at a specific temperature. Essentially, the hotter the air is, the more water the air can contain.
Relative humidity becomes the ratio of highest absolute humidity against the current absolute humidity, which is dependent on current air temperature.
If there is a reading of 100%, it means that the air is 100% saturated with water vapor. It is incapable of holding any more water vapor. To explain it even further, if the air is at 100% humidity, it is not going to allow for sweat to evaporate into the air. This makes it feel as though it is hotter than it really is. On the same note, when relative humidity is lower, we can actually feel cooler than what the temperature really is, because the sweat evaporates, thus providing a cooling effect.
By using a calculator, you can determine what the air will actually feel like based upon the temperature and the relative humidity.
Determining Humidity Percentage
It is important to understand humidity because of sensitivity. We as humans are sensitive to the amount of moisture on our skin. Within various industries, the level of humidity is critical as well. It can impact the amount of dust and other airborne molecules within the air. It can also impact whether there is any kind of puddling or pooling of water on various surfaces.
It’s important to understand the desired humidity percentage that will work best within your environment. The average person will feel most comfortable when the relative humidity is around 45%. As this is not always achievable indoors, commercial humidifiers are used as a way of creating the necessary humidity.
The internal temperature of the room and the way the HVAC system works will impact the overall level of humidity. In some industries, it is of the utmost importance that the humidity percentage is maintained at a specific level and is not faltering. This is why it is often important to have a customized solution that will allow for easy management and monitoring.
If there is too much humidity within the air, it causes people to be uncomfortable. It may also cause moisture problems that could affect electronic circuit boards and much more. If there is not enough humidity, it can cause electric charges and static electricity within the air. It may also cause people to feel itchy because of drying out their skin.
By learning more about humidity percentage and what it means, you can start to take greater control of your work environment. You may find that by establishing the right percentage, you can eliminate a significant amount of dust and airborne particles that circulate within your environment. It can also make it easier to keep your employees comfortable so that they are more productive throughout the workday.
Contact Smart Fog Inc today to learn more about commercial humidification and how to find the right percentage of humidity for your work environment.