Everything comes down to money, and that is why many business owners do not allow the installation of a humidification system in their buildings. Install-ation and daily operating costs for a humidifier can seem like a waste of money, especially if an individual does not see the benefits of controlling the humidity in a building.

Two manufacturers have found a solution to this problem. Dri-Steem and Nortec have both introduced gas-fired humidification systems that make use of propane or natural gas. This alternative is becoming a more efficient and cost-effective way for commercial accounts to take advantage of a humidified atmosphere.

Practical Benefits

Although both manufacturers’ models are comparable yet different in the way they function, they both have the same goal: humidity control.

Patrice Theriault, gas humidifier product manager for Nortec, says that natural or propane gas is cheaper than electricity. The initial installation of a gas-fired humidifier can be quite pricey, but Theriault says that in the long run it is much cheaper.

“Energy-wise, gas humidification can pay back and is much more lucrative,” Theriault said.

This is especially true in parts of the country where energy rates are very high. High rates can make running a humidification system very costly, but gas-fired humidifiers can drastically bring down the daily expense, says Theriault.

Contractors and manufacturers are beginning to see the positive results of using natural gas. In fact, Herrmidifier Co. has been developing a gas-fired humidifier and plans to have it on the market in six months.

Harry Huggins, engineer for Herrmidifier, says the move is natural. Currently, the company offers a variety of humidification systems for commercial and industrial buildings, but consumers are beginning to ask about the natural gas alternative.

“A lot of people want them because of energy costs,” Huggins said.

Publication date: 09/04/2000