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Benefits of controlling humidity levels within the workplace
BSRIA says it is well documented that humidity plays an important role in assuring the wellbeing of building occupants. In the U.K. we spend over 80 per cent of our time indoors and with approximately 90 per cent of the associated costs of a building being staff related, providing good indoor environmental quality is essential. The recommended levels of humidity vary depending on the application (offices, data centres, hospitals). In some industrial applications (heritage, storage), moisture stability is essential for preservation. In offices, the generally accepted levels of humidity may range between 40 and 60 per cent.

As a standalone parameter, humidity is unlikely to cause thermal discomfort and levels outside the 40-60 per cent range can easily be tolerated. A 10 per cent increase in relative humidity is felt to be as warm as a 0.3°C rise in the operative temperature. Human perception of dry air is generally due to contaminated or too warm air rather than physical dryness and air with high humidity is often perceived as odorous.

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