Location: Pickerington, OH
Customer’s Issue: Keeping humidity under control and windows clear and free of condensation in a large pool room.
Our Solution: Custom Air installed 16” underground plastic duct work. Since all the ducting is located around the perimeter of the space and in the floor where water could potentially end up in the duct, we chose the Black Max PVC underground duct. This eliminated the concern of water sitting in the duct and causing rust in the future. Registers are located under each panel of glass to blow dry air at every cold surface so there is no condensation on the glass. The large number of skylights are a great feature to let in natural light, but it creates challenges in a pool room. The hot moist air will collect in the skylight and begin to drip back down. To eliminate this issue there are ceiling fans installed that run continuously to move the dry air up into the skylights.
We installed a ten-ton Dry-Air dehumidification system to service the pool area. This system not only heats, cools, and dehumidifies the room it provides essentially FREE heat to the pool water. When the Dry-Air system is operating in either the dehumidify mode or the cooling mode it generates 120,000 BTU of heat. This heat must be removed from the equipment. If the pool can use the heat, it is rejected to the pool water there by giving us the Free heat. If the pool is warm enough, the heat is sent outside to what looks like a standard air conditioner to be dissipated into the outside air.
Results: Even with the pool uncovered 24/7 the room is staying at 55% humidity. It does rise when there is high activity or when the hot tub is in use but as soon as the they are finished the room begins to return to normal.
This house will be featured in Home Trends magazine soon and was featured as a National Association of the Remodeling Industry tour home in September, 2013.
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