Indoor pool dehumidification systems are a critical part of pool room infrastructure. A temperamental environment, moisture issues would quickly take their toll on your pool room without the right kind of humidity control. The pool room environment would be sticky and uncomfortable, the excess moisture creating a cascade of issues that threaten the structural integrity and lifespan of the pool room. Which pool room dehumidification system can best help you avoid these issues and ensure a lasting, enjoyable pool room experience?

The Right Pool Dehumidification Choice is Essential

A number of factors impact pool room humidity and dehumidification needs. These include outside climate, water temperature, occupancy, and more. Choosing the best pool room dehumidification system for your natatorium can help you keep relative humidity (RH) in the optimal 50-60% RH range, and your pool room and pool to a comfortable temperature of 84-degrees F. A properly designed system can monitor and manage temperature, humidity, evaporation rate and condensation formation. However, balancing comfort and appearance with cost involves compromise.

Which Method of Pool Room Dehumidification is Best?

PoolPak offers mechanical and outside air systems to meet your needs:

  • Ventilation-Based Pool Room Dehumidifier
    • How Ventilation Based Systems Work
      Ventilation-based systems rely on outside air to remove moisture.
    • System Cost
      Lower initial investment than mechanical dehumidification systems, but higher operating costs over the life of the system.
    • Drawbacks
      Ventilation-based systems offer limited temperature and humidity control. They can only maintain the temperature within +/- 30% from set-point. This makes it difficult to cool below ambient temperature in the summer. Ventilation-based systems are also less efficient than mechanical pool room dehumidifiers, especially in the winter.
    • Benefits
      Simple design and less complex installation.
    • Something to Ponder
      In climates with cold winters and short, hot summers, the efficiency of ventilation-based systems may be improved with an air-to-air heat recovery addition. This can reduce winter space heating needs by 50%. However this addition inflates installation cost 25-30%.
  • Mechanical Pool Room Dehumidifier
    • How Mechanical Based Systems Work
      Mechanical pool dehumidification systems work much like conventional heat pump style HVAC units.
    • System Cost
      Mechanical dehumidification systems cost more to install than ventilation-based systems, but much less to operate over the life of the system.
    • Drawbacks
      More complex installation and system design.
    • Benefits 
      These systems offer the added function of reclaiming heat energy used created in the dehumidification process and repurposing it for use in controlling pool room or water temperature (no auxiliary heat needed). Mechanical systems can provide ventilation as needed, and unlike ventilation-based systems, they manage set-point humidity levels regardless of outside conditions.
    • Something to Ponder
      These systems are strongly-recommended by commercial HVAC contractor in regions with extended hot weather and high humidity.

Don’t sweat pool room dehumidification system selection. Ensure a beautifully designed system with the help of the pool dehumidification experts at H&H Commercial Services today.