Churches & Places of Worship
Places of Worship, as with any large, highly occupied space, often face many issues due to excess moisture and high indoor humidity levels as excess moisture is created not only from the natural environment, but from the occupants.
Uncontrolled moisture is a major cause of deterioration in any structure. High indoor relative humidity leads to corrosion, mold, mildew and rot, ultimately damaging the materials, finishes and structural components. High indoor RH also promotes termites, dust mites and other moisture-seeking pests. Uncontrolled indoor RH can cause rapid expansion and contraction which can lead to cracking plaster walls, peeling paint and cupping of wood floors. These conditions also lead to the deterioration of contents such as furniture, books, artifacts and electronic equipment.
Air-conditioning alone will not overcome moisture issues created in highly humid environments. A/C is created to cool a space whereas dehumidification eliminates excess moisture. Simply put, in highly humid environments, A/C does not have enough run-time hold relative humidity below 60% – once the temperature on the thermostat is hit, the A/C shuts off, creating a cool, but clammy, space. This is due to excess moisture.
According to the U.S. EPA, the most effective way to combat excess moisture is through dehumidification. The recommended indoor relative humidity for a safe and healthy environment is 30-50%. Mold cannot grow below 60% RH.
Dehumidification creates a cooler, drier environment which creates less draw on A/C.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, for every degree your thermostat is raised, you can save 3% on your energy bill. Southern Climate Solutions customers have seen up to 40% savings through our solutions. Less wear and tear on the A/C can also add to the longevity of existing HVAC. In the case of structures that are not occupied 24-7, A/C can often be turned off, allowing a dehumidification system to cool and dry the area. This could create a significant energy savings.
Southern Climate Solutions will create an efficient, effective, permanent solution utilizing top of the line commercial grade products along with a custom application to properly control indoor relative humidity, protecting both the structure and its contents while creating a more comfortable, healthy, energy-efficient indoor environment.
Contact us at 850-319-7489 to discuss options available to best preserve your historically relevant property and collections.