Humidity Controlled Self Storage Facilities and Warehouses

The growth of climate controlled self storage and environmentally controlled warehousing has increased dramatically over the last decade. Demanding and educated clients seek state of the art, top of the line protection for their possessions.  To meet these demands, new facilities are incorporating climate control at the blue print phase and older facilities are being converted to incorporate some sort of environmental protection. Many times, in both cases an unfortunate assumption is made that HVAC is all that is needed to protect customer goods and create a market differentiation and competitive advantage in the marketplace.  HVAC only handles one half of the CLIMATE equation effectively.  

 

 

 Temperature + Atmospheric Moisture = CLIMATE

 

 

To have real climate control you must control both Temperature and Humidity. HVAC systems are an effective primary controller of Temperature, but only under certain conditions will as a secondary byproduct reduce relative humidity, but HVAC for humidity control is not reliable, inefficient and costly.

 

Logis-Tech's True Climate Control™ (TCC™) and Environment Stabilization Systems (ESS®) are built to control your real climate conditions and requirements. We have completed over 70 self-storage facility humidity control installations (over 1.5M ft2) in 11 states by utilizing our patented ESS® with typical temperature control HVAC machinery. 

ESSĀ® Temperature Control Is Better:

  • To accurately control climate, you must also control humidity. Most "Temperature Controlled" self-storage sites are only controlling temperature by utilizing typical heating & air conditioning equipment and therefore only marginally affecting the humidity conditions at their site.
  • Typical refrigerant type air conditioners cannot dry the atmosphere to below 60% humidity during peak ambient conditions.
  • Mold and mildew begin to grow at 60% humidity. As the humidity rises, growth rates increase exponentially.
  • Air conditioning systems do not operate during the evening and morning hours when it is cooler and when the humidity is the highest. Although the humidity may have been 30% or lower during the heat of the day, it could rise well into the 70-80% range during cooler nights when the climate control system runs less often. In winter, the portion of the HVAC system that condenses moisture out of the air doesn't run at all.
  • By cooling drier air, the air conditioning system does not work as hard. It can concentrate on lowering the sensible load (temperature) and not the latent load (moisture). The system will not run as long, increasing its life and reducing the monthly electricity bill.
  • By maintaining 50% humidity, the inside temperature can be raised and provide the same comfort level for customers as before. 80°F at 50% humidity feels as good as 72°F at 65-70% humidity.

Why Even Bother With Climate Control?:

Uncontrolled humidity and to some degree temperature can wreak havoc on your customer's belongings.  Mold, Mildew, Corrosion and even pest infestations occur under humid conditions.  You can get the temperature (HVAC) down to 65 degrees and still have all the mold problems, mildew problems, corrosion issues and pest infestations, but drive the humidity below 40 or 50% and you can arrest them all.  For occupied and manned spaces, temperature is important, but a box of clothes could care less if it is 80 degrees or 50 degrees.  However, that same box of clothes would be ruined if RH remained above 60% over time.

 

 

 

What Damage Does Excess Humidity Cause?

      

How Humidity Costs You Money?

Promotes growth of mold, mildew, corrosion and rust

 

Un-rented spaces due to condensation and smells and remediation efforts

Creates condensation on walls, ceiling and floors

 

Complaints from customers about mold and mildew on their items

Moisture causes musty smell

 

Additional insurance costs for mold and mildew claims

Pests like the moist conditions

  Remediation costs

 

Solutions to Storage Humidity Problems:

ESS® Only for Interior Access Spaces

This provides a 50% relative humidity environment for inside spaces that do not require temperature control.

  • For inside spaces with hallways.
  • Requires a mechanical room for ESS® equipment.
  • Air distribution duct-work located in hallways.
  • Controlled by sensors placed in trap doors to monitor space conditions.

ESS® Only for Exterior Access Spaces

LTi's unique design provides protection for items stored in outside spaces with roll-up doors. This is the only fulltime protection for outside facilities!

  • The only way to positively protect customer's items in outside spaces!
  • Can be installed as part of new construction or as a retrofit.
  • Requires a mechanical room for ESS® equipment.
  • Design does not require customers to move for installation.
  • Maintains 50% RH inside spaces.
  • Great revenue generator for these spaces.

ESS® with Temperature Control for Interior Access Spaces

Provides 50% humidity and 80°F temperature for customer comfort and protection of customer's items.

  • The ultimate in customer comfort and protection of stored items.
  • ESS® can be integrated into a current temperature control system or provided as part of a new system.
  • Maintains 80°F temperature and 50% humidity.
  • ESS® reduces wear and tear on temperature control system and saves utility costs.

ESS® with Temperature Control for External Access Spaces

Now your outside spaces are capable of being cooled and dried!

  • Cool and dry conditions in an outside space!
  • Requires ceiling and wall insulation and insulated garage doors.
  • Maintains 80°F temperature and 50% humidity.
  • Highest premium gained from outside entrance customers.
  • Can be installed in conjunction with inside ESS® with temperature control spaces.

ESS® Single Unit or Container Protection

LTi has developed a small unit that is perfect for RV's, boats, basements, and small storage spaces.

  • Small, low cost, energy efficient ESS®.
  • Ideal for RV's, boats, basements, and small storage spaces.
  • Can also be utilized for container based storage.
  • Uses 110V electrical current (12 amps).
  • Adapter kit with remote humidistat.
  • Can dry over 180 sq/feet of storage area.
  • L 23.5"x W 17"x H 12.3" Weighs only 37lbs

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Latest News and Information:

2/27/2017

Green Dehumidification: Logis-Tech is actively looking at alternative renewable energy sources to augment the power consumption savings Dehumidifiers can already provide over less efficient HVAC based Drying Systems.  Read More about Why HVAC is NOT True Dehumidification.


5/13/2016

Logis-Tech, inc. was selected to provide annual Contractor Logistics Support to the United States Marine Corps for their Controlled Humidity Protection Systems located at MCLB Albany, GA.

 

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