Quest Protect http://questprotect.com Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:12:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 How to Reduce Maintenance Costs on Commercial Vessels http://questprotect.com/reduce-maintenance-costs-commercial-vessels/ http://questprotect.com/reduce-maintenance-costs-commercial-vessels/#respond Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:24:21 +0000 http://questprotect.com/?p=2313 In the marine industry, annual preventative maintenance is a huge line in your budget. But lowering that figure could help you significantly increase your bottom line, which would mean more money to spend on expanding your business or adding innovative…

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In the marine industry, annual preventative maintenance is a huge line in your budget. But lowering that figure could help you significantly increase your bottom line, which would mean more money to spend on expanding your business or adding innovative features to your fleet. Unfortunately, without lowering the cost of preventative maintenance for your commercial vessels, you may be eroding your profits.  Marine Dehumidification can help.

How to Reduce Preventative Maintenance Costs on Commercial Vessels 

When we talk about preventative maintenance that you have the ability to reduce or eliminate, we’re talking about the cost of periodically servicing your commercial HVAC system, painting the interior and exterior of your ships to hide corrosion, staining, or mold, and cleaning common areas. While all of these are necessary now, it’s possible that there’s a way you could cut down on the relative humidity on your commercial vessels and lower the need for that preventative maintenance. 

Adding a commercial dehumidifier to your commercial vessels could be a huge difference in the way you deal with moisture, mold, and mildew. Instead of just turning your vessels into floating refrigerators, a marine dehumidification system will actually remove some of the moisture from the air. By using this system in conjunction with the existing HVAC system, you could raise the temperature inside your vessels to a more comfortable temperature (around 76 to 78 degrees), and use a dehumidifier to dehumidify the ship to below that 55% relative humidity threshold.

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This method isn’t a quick fix or a band-aid. It’s a preventative solution to the problem of relative humidity that we’ve discussed in detail on our blog. Using the HVAC system alone is somewhat ineffective because instead of removing moisture from the vessel, you’re just lowering the temperature. In some settings a lower temperature may help, but in a marine environment it acts more like a giant refrigerator since decreasing the temperature actually increases the relative humidity. On the flip side, adding a dehumidifier to your HVAC system adds airflow, lowers the relative humidity level, and can keep the whole vessel at a more comfortable temperature for your crew. 

Where to Redirect Those Saved Preventative Maintenance Funds  

If you’re used to the idea of spending preventative maintenance funds on things like mold remediation and paint, you can take a deep breath and imagine something a little more exciting for part of that line item. With lower relative humidity aboard, you won’t need to do as much of that maintenance as often.  

And that means you can spend those extra funds expanding your business, providing quality healthcare to your crews, and maybe even throwing that annual holiday party you’ve been thinking about for years (complete with fireworks for the kids). Redirecting those saved preventative maintenance funds will be an exciting endeavor and the possibilities are seemingly endless. 

Learn More About Marine Dehumidification 

Taking the proactive approach of adding a dehumidifier to your commercial marine fleet could mean tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars saved on preventative and rehabilitative procedures. Instead, those funds could be better utilized upgrading your fleet, adding simple comforts for your crew, or adding another vessel to your fleet.  

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A Desiccant Dehumidifier is overkill in Storage http://questprotect.com/self-storage-getting-oversold-desiccant-dehumidifiers/ http://questprotect.com/self-storage-getting-oversold-desiccant-dehumidifiers/#respond Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:24:17 +0000 http://questprotect.com/?p=2166 A desiccant dehumidifier is an excellent solution for removing moisture in very low temperatures or low humidity environments. Proven, robust, and common, these conditions are exactly what desiccant dehumidification was made for. But once you decide to implement this system in a storage application, the cost and…

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A desiccant dehumidifier is an excellent solution for removing moisture in very low temperatures or low humidity environments. Proven, robust, and common, these conditions are exactly what desiccant dehumidification was made for. But once you decide to implement this system in a storage application, the cost and complexity of the project can quickly skyrocket.

How Desiccant Dehumidifiers Are Oversold in Self-Storage Applications

Desiccant dehumidifiers are used in a variety of commercial applications, so it’s no surprise that they’re often offered as a solution to moisture problems to self-storage companies. But they’re expensive, inefficient, and bulky, which means they’re often not the best solution in self-storage environments that operate in the refrigerant unit sweet spot.

Why Desiccant Dehumidifiers Aren’t Right for Self-Storage

A commercial desiccant dehumidification system is typically a bulky unit with extensive ducting and demanding electrical or gas requirements. Purchasing the equipment and the installation process alone is expensive and time-consuming. On top of that, the running of the desiccant dehumidification system makes the utility bill cost prohibitive vs that of an efficient refrigerant based system. The Quest Dry 105 is the world’s most efficient dehumidifier, exceeding energy star standards by 50% and pulling an astounding 8.8 Pints per kWh.  A similarly sized Desiccant system would only remove 1-2 Pints per kWh making them less than ¼ as efficient.

Desiccant Dehumidifiers in Self-storage

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If the desiccant system worked well, it wouldn’t really matter how much it costs. But the problem is that it doesn’t work as well as one might think. Self-Storage environments need dehumidification in the temperature sweet spot where the refrigerant system is best suited (40 degrees Fahrenheit through 90 degrees Fahrenheit). Desiccant units are best for sub 40 degrees or low humidity applications, neither of which apply in this market.

An Alternative to a Desiccant Dehumidifier

A high-efficiency dehumidification system might be the solution you’ve been looking for. First developed in the late 1980s and streamlined over the years to maximize capacity and efficiency, a Quest Dry dehumidifier can remove up to four times the amount water per kilowatt of electricity than desiccant dehumidifiers on the market. Built for longevity and efficiency, Quest Dry dehumidifiers are designed to help you maintain your bottom line now and for years to come.

Customized to Your Space & Needs

Unlike a desiccant dehumidifier, a Quest Dry dehumidifier is designed to fit the requirements of your facility and your business. Fashioned to work as a standalone product or in conjunction with existing HVAC systems, depending on the size and scope of your self-storage facility, Quest Dry dehumidifiers can be used as a tailored solution to your moisture removal needs. All you need to do to get started is plug in the Quest Dry unit to a standard 115V outlet and you can rev that baby up.

Learn More About the Quest Dry Dehumidifier

Are you ready to lower your operating costs? Contact the team at Therma-Stor today to stop feeling oversold on a desiccant dehumidifier and start solving your humidity problems with the Quest Dry Dehumidifier.

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Control Your Humidity and Keep the Coast Guard Happy http://questprotect.com/get-humidity-control-keep-coast-guard-happy/ http://questprotect.com/get-humidity-control-keep-coast-guard-happy/#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:42:26 +0000 http://questprotect.com/?p=2317   In the marine industry, one of the most costly parts of being in business is dealing with humidity issues. Between the annual refurbishment, necessary structural maintenance, and the cost of consistent renovations to try to keep your crew happy, the price of a little…

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In the marine industry, one of the most costly parts of being in business is dealing with humidity issues. Between the annual refurbishment, necessary structural maintenance, and the cost of consistent renovations to try to keep your crew happy, the price of a little water vapor can be extreme. When you do try to cut costs, and put that much needed maintenance off until a littler later, the Coast Guard could decommission your ship for safety, structural, and regulatory violations. 

Get Your Humidity Issues under Control 

The U.S. Coast Guard is responsible for ensuring the safety and regulation of marine vessels. And unfortunately, if your fleet or vessel is deemed unfit for sea, you could lose significantly on profits and work during those expensive renovations. But the issues are more than just regulation—they’re safety issues. 

Safety Hazards of Humidity in Marine Vessels 

The engine, fire, and bunking rooms of your marine fleet are essential to their proper functioning. But when the relative humidity is too high, your vessel could pose a huge safety risk to your crew. In addition to the health risks associated with high humidity levels (i.e. respiratory disease), they could be too close to an electrical system when it shorts, sparks, and sets aflame. Then, not only will your vessel be damaged, but your crew may be out of commission for an extended amount of time to heal up. Windshield fogging and window condensation can cause accidents as well as create structural damage in the wheelhouse.   

Keep the Coast Guard Happy 

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Humidity is the #1 issue we hear about from our clients in the marine industry. But it’s more than just the discomfort of your crew in the bunk rooms down below. Humidity and condensation can build up in your fire equipment rooms. This dangerous circumstance can’t be permitted to occur because it could short out your entire electrical system or seize valves. 

Regulatory Hazards of High Humidity in Marine Vessels 

In addition to safety, humidity also poses a threat to the structure of your marine fleet. When condensation builds up in the walls, mold can grow and cause serious structural damage. The ropes onboard can become rotted, causing untimely breakage, and bunking rooms can have walls that seem to breathe. All of these are cause for alarm on their own, but if the Coast Guard finds them, they could be the simple switch that flips to shut you down. 

Learn More About Marine Humidity Control Methods 

There is more than one way to clean a fish, and there is more than one way to deal with humidity issues. If the standard methods of using extreme air conditioning and spending money on expensive renovations aren’t working for you, consider adding a humidifying system to your fleet.  

This seemingly simple solution is growing in popularity because it’s affordable, reliable, and consistent. Learn more about benefits of adding a humidifier to your fleet with the experts at Therma-Stor now. 

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Negative Effects of Mold on Durable Goods http://questprotect.com/negative-effects-mold-durable-goods/ http://questprotect.com/negative-effects-mold-durable-goods/#respond Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:51:43 +0000 http://questprotect.com/?p=2182 Mold is bad for your health and it’s bad for your home, but did you know that mold is also bad for durable household goods? Many a couch, electrical appliance, antique bedframe, and beautiful heirloom rugs have been destroyed because…

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Mold is bad for your health and it’s bad for your home, but did you know that mold is also bad for durable household goods? Many a couch, electrical appliance, antique bedframe, and beautiful heirloom rugs have been destroyed because of mold. But what exactly is happening that leaves your stored goods ruined?

Wood & Metal Furniture Could Be Ruined

One of the biggest negative effects of mold is that it can damage the integrity of your wood and metal furniture. Although metal furniture may be more resistant to mold growth, once it has taken root, mold can cause tarnishing and rusting. While these are definitely visually displeasing sights, they are also displeasing because they weaken the oxidation of the metal and can cause the item to break. In the case of a metal bedframe, this would be a definite problem.

One of the other major negative effects of mold can be seen on wood furniture. Because wood is an organic material, and mold grows more easily on it, furniture made of wood can be easily penetrated by mold. Wood permeated by mold becomes structurally weak, similarly to mold-affected metal, and could possibly even rot. In the case of a wood bookshelf, the furniture may no longer be usable.

Negative Effects of Mold

Upholstery & Linens Could be Damaged

One of the many negative effects of mold on your durable goods is that mold can permeate through all types of upholstery. Whether the item is a beautiful antique rug, a vintage sofa, or a handmade blanket from the 19th century, mold can and will ruin these items if they’re not properly cared for.

Once these materials have been permeated by mold, it is nearly impossible to save them.  Mold gets deep into the pores of these organic materials, like silk or linen, and can infest the entire piece. If you bring a moldy item into your home, you will find that the mold will spread to other items in your house and the damage could be catastrophic.

How to Prevent Mold On Durable Goods

Whether the durable good in question is an antique appliance or a beautiful heirloom dining set, preventing mold from ruining stored items should be a top priority for durable goods.

Mold prevention starts with keeping the relative humidity level in the storage facility under 60%. Humidity levels above 60% are breeding grounds for all types of mold and mildew and could ruin stored items. The best way to regulate relative humidity in a storage facility is to use a dehumidifier along with the HVAC system. This will ensure that temperature and humidity are at the best level for mold prevention.

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Why Air Conditioning can’t Control Mold in Self Storage http://questprotect.com/air-conditioning-cant-control-mold-self-storage/ http://questprotect.com/air-conditioning-cant-control-mold-self-storage/#respond Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:03:41 +0000 http://questprotect.com/?p=2281 On the whole, Self-Storage companies tend to deal with fighting mold and mildew in the same way. They utilize an ambitious rotation of air conditioning and heating in an attempt to keep stored items from getting too damp, too dry, too hot, or…

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On the whole, Self-Storage companies tend to deal with fighting mold and mildew in the same way. They utilize an ambitious rotation of air conditioning and heating in an attempt to keep stored items from getting too damp, too dry, too hot, or too cold. But the problem with that system is that not all of the stored items will react to heating and air conditioning the same way.

For example electronic products like old VCRs and record players that are being stored for the next generation, can’t stand up to high heat, nor can they deal with an exceptionally moist atmosphere. Extended periods of time in either of these conditions can completely ruin these items. On the other hand, a couch that sits in an overly damp room will likely be smelly when pulled out of storage and could have mold on the wood frame inside.

The Theory Behind Air Conditioning as Mold Prevention

One of the main problems we have with mildew and mold in self storage in the U.S. is the continued use of air conditioning to get rid of extra air moisture. Many believe that by lowering the temperature of the room, excess moisture in the air will simply dissipate. While this is true in some cases because air conditioners will remove some moisture from their air, they don’t do this efficiently or completely without assistance from dedicated dehumidifiers. If sized incorrectly, air conditioners can actually make the air hold more moisture than they remove.

But here’s the problem: driving the temperature down actually increases Relative humidity. And that means that a colder room that has been cooled with Air Conditioning is actually going to be worse for stored items in terms of excess moisture. Items like a beautiful handmade wool rug or even an heirloom wood 19th century headboard can’t handle high amounts of moisture without proper ventilation and could grow mold and mildew in the meantime.

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Climate Control vs. Heating & A/C in Self-Storage

Unlike a regimen of heating and air conditioning, climate control can ensure that all of the items are in a stable climate. With heating and air conditioning, a thermostat will turn on the A/C when it’s too hot and the heat when it’s too cold, but what happens in between can be damaging.

A climate-controlled environment, on the other hand, is a set of temperature and humidity conditions that remain static. That means that all of those stored items will be subject to the same conditions as it would if it was in a nice, dry house in a mild climate. It also means that you don’t have to worry about mold, mildew, or excessive heat exposure to electronics, linens, or wood items that are stored away.

A Climate-Controlled Self-Storage Unit is The Way to Go

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Why Tenants Leave Self-Storage Units http://questprotect.com/tenants-leave-self-storage-units/ http://questprotect.com/tenants-leave-self-storage-units/#respond Fri, 28 Jul 2017 17:18:49 +0000 http://questprotect.com/?p=2152 Self-storage units rely on their customers’ business to stay in the black, which is why it’s so important that tenants don’t leave self-storage units. While there are some factors that you simply can’t control in your tenant’s lives, there is…

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Self-storage units rely on their customers’ business to stay in the black, which is why it’s so important that tenants don’t leave self-storage units. While there are some factors that you simply can’t control in your tenant’s lives, there is an easy and efficient way to preserve your company’s name and your customer’s items. The understanding of this solution starts with the understanding of why tenants leave self-storage units in the first place.

Tenants No Longer Need Storage Facilities

One of the most common reasons that tenants leave a storage facility is that they no longer need the storage space. Between the valuable market for vintage and antique items and the trend of refurbishing dated pieces into new treasures, it seems people just aren’t storing their stuff like they used to. This decrease in the use of storage facilities is damaging to business, and it is the reason why it’s incredibly important to continue to offer a high quality service at affordable prices, and a safe storage solution for your tenants’ durable goods.

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Tenant’s Goods Were Damaged in Storage

Along with the fall in usage, the most financially damaging item for a storage facility is unsatisfied customers. Often, tenants will leave such a storage facility if their items are damaged under the facility’s care. This damage might seem easy to avoid through securing the units, however there is an elusive problems that has plagued the self-storage industry since its beginning. Mold, mildew, and have been out of control for too long. These silent monsters can destroy tenant’s goods and your business.

Thankfully, there is an easy and efficient way to combat this growing problem. By utilizing a dehumidification system in addition to your existing HVAC, you could stop the army of mold and mildew in its tracks. But without a dehumidifier, you could be spending way too much on heating and cooling in an effort to lower the humidity levels of the facility.

Pricing of Storage is Too Expensive

And finally, many tenants leave their self-storage facility because the price is just too expensive. Customers want the price to be small enough that it will justify them keeping the items. Whether they’re keeping memorabilia for the next generation, or storing furniture before a big move, they want the items in their storage facility to be safe until they’re ready to withdraw them.

But steep prices for running the self-storage facility often get pushed onto the customer. This is another reason to consider adding a dehumidifier to the existing HVAC system, to deal with the mold and mildew issue with less expense than traditional methods. By saving on overhead costs, self-storage businesses can pass those savings along to their customers—and may even be able to keep some of those longtime return customers.

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How to Reduce AC Costs for Self-Storage http://questprotect.com/reduce-ac-costs-self-storage/ http://questprotect.com/reduce-ac-costs-self-storage/#respond Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:41:00 +0000 http://questprotect.com/?p=2173 If you’re looking to lower the cost of running your Self-Storage facility, lowering the cost of Air Conditioning can be the first big step. While this commonly used process can work for keeping out mold and mildew if done right, it…

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If you’re looking to lower the cost of running your Self-Storage facility, lowering the cost of Air Conditioning can be the first big step. While this commonly used process can work for keeping out mold and mildew if done right, it can be inefficient and costly. However, there is another way to deal with moisture that can reduce AC costs at the same time.

Why Air Conditioning is So Expensive for Self-Storage Companies

One of the biggest reasons that cost of air conditioning for self-storage companies is so high is because the system is inefficient. Many storage facility owners have an expensive air conditioner trying to maintain temperature in a poorly insulated building with a lot of air infiltration. Air Conditioners spend 85% of their large energy draw on temperature but only 15% on dehumidification, which is extremely inefficient.

Dehumidifying (Latent Energy) is a byproduct of this process, but Temperature (Sensible Energy) is the main purpose of the system. Most HVAC contractors will recommend 750 Square Feet per Ton of AC because they are familiar with sizing occupied commercial spaces, not self-storage facilities that are unoccupied. Because of this, the AC does not run often enough to effectively dehumidify so operators eventually continually lower the temperature in a desperate attempt to make the AC dehumidify.  This means that your HVAC system is over-cooling the space, and that’s very expensive. In addition, the meager 1-2 pounds of water removal per kWh that the air conditioner provides are not nearly enough to keep moisture out completely.

The result is a super-cooled and humid unoccupied space generating astronomical energy bills.

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A Cheaper Way to Deal with Moisture in Self-Storage Facilities

Because the space is unoccupied, instead consider under-sizing your AC units to cover up to 1500 square feet per Ton of AC instead of 750 square feet per Ton of AC. Increase your temperature inside to 80-85 degrees instead of 70 Degrees and allow the AC to address Sensible Heat alone where it is most effective

Then, instead of relying on the HVAC system to deal with moisture, consider utilizing a dedicated dehumidification system. This solution doesn’t consider moisture and mildew a secondary byproduct, it is actively working to deal with the space’s relative humidity (RH) to ensure the integrity of the stored items and your building.

Ultimately this solution will reduce your energy consumption and solve your moisture issues in one fell swoop. Instead of running heating and air conditioning constantly to deal with moisture, the dehumidifier will take care of that process completely. And that means that you can just use the HVAC system to deal with temperature where it is most effective.

Adding a Dehumidifier Could Solve All of Your Problems

If you’re interested in lowering the cost of air conditioning and preventing the costs of replacement for products that are ruined because of mold and mildew, then adding a dehumidifier to your climate control system could solve all of your problems. Contact the team at Therma-Stor now to learn more about this solution now.

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3 Innovative Trends in HVAC Design http://questprotect.com/3-innovative-trends-hvac-design/ http://questprotect.com/3-innovative-trends-hvac-design/#respond Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:25:27 +0000 http://questprotect.com/?p=2160 HVAC design has changed drastically over the years as heating and cooling systems have evolved. One of the major benefits of this change and evolution has been that storage facilities are now safer than ever for home goods that are…

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HVAC design has changed drastically over the years as heating and cooling systems have evolved. One of the major benefits of this change and evolution has been that storage facilities are now safer than ever for home goods that are highly susceptible to mold and mildew, such as couches, linens, and wood furniture.

But what exactly are these major changes? Check out 3 innovate trends in HVAC design below to find out.

Undersizing & Complimenting with Dehumidification

This one can be a little technical, but stick with us here. A normal HVAC system covers 750 square feet of space per 1 ton of cooling (12,000 BTUs). Under-sizing the system would mean using 1250-1500 square feet of space per 1 ton of cooling. That would seem like it wouldn’t work.

But here’s the real innovation: By complimenting this undersized system with a dehumidifier, HVAC designers are able to more easily lower the relative humidity and keep stored items safer from mold and mildew, compared to a traditional setup. That’s because mold and mildew have little to do with temperature and everything to do with relative humidity. By maintaining a low humidity level, stored items are safer. Logis-Tech writes a nice article on this concept .

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Mini-Split Systems

Mini-split systems are often found in old apartment buildings and homes that don’t have ductwork, because they don’t need them. Installed indoors high on walls, these systems offer both heating and cooling without the necessity of ductwork, which means they’re perfect for small spaces.

One of the major benefits of a mini-split system is their efficiency and affordability. A ductless system uses less power than a traditional HVAC system because they’re not forcing air into a large space. In addition, it’s very easy to adjust the settings on one space that may get hot and another that is usually cold, as needed. And that means that inconsistency is no longer an issue. Sizing this unit correctly still applies to a mini-split system so make sure you under-size the equipment and allow a dehumidifier to control moisture.

Decentralized/Segmented Systems

In the old days, self-storage units often used one big centralized HVAC unit which connected to all of the self-storage units. The problem with this setup is that there’s no temperature or humidity regulation within each compartment, which means it’s very difficult to keep humidity out of each unit.

More commonly today, self-storage companies are utilizing several smaller units, such as a PTAC, which controls heat and air conditioning in one unit. By pairing this with a dehumidification system, you can ensure that each self-storage unit has a low relative humidity and that the items stored within will be safe from mold and mildew.

Take Advantage of Innovative Trends

By taking advantage of innovative trends in HVAC design, you could save money and time. But don’t just take our word for it! Contact the team at Therma-Stor now to find the right product for your space.

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Subchapter M Ventilation Compliance http://questprotect.com/subchapter-m-ventilation-compliance/ http://questprotect.com/subchapter-m-ventilation-compliance/#respond Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:55:39 +0000 http://questprotect.com/?p=2142 One of our favorite things over here at Quest is helping people solve unique issues so they can focus more on their business.  Many times that involves their product, their environment, their manufacturing process, or structure.  Lately, we’ve been hearing…

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One of our favorite things over here at Quest is helping people solve unique issues so they can focus more on their business.  Many times that involves their product, their environment, their manufacturing process, or structure.  Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about the Coast Guard’s Subchapter M regulation in the Inland Marine industry and the industry is really struggling to understand how to be compliant.

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HVAC system in a Workboat

 

In 2016 the Coast Guard laid out their final ruling for the inspection of and safety management of towing vessels and this came to be known as Subchapter M of the Code of Federal Regulations.  While not fully implemented until July of 2018, the industry is scrambling to understand the regulations and ensure compliance.  Our customers bring this up frequently to us and every conference has several workshops dedicated to Subchapter M.  Once the dust settles, this will undoubtedly improve safety and living conditions for the crew, the general public, and the ecosystems towing vessels work in.

 

One section of Subchapter M that is causing particular heartburn for all of Quest’s customers is Subpart F:

144.600 Ventilation for accommodations – Each accommodation space on a vessel must be ventilated in a manner suitable for the purpose of the space

144.610 Ventilation in a vessel more than 65’ in length – A vessel of more than 65 feet (19.8 meters) in length with overnight accommodations must have a mechanical ventilation system unless a natural system, such as opening windows, portholes, or doors, will provide adequate ventilation in ordinary weather.

144.720 Crew rest consideration – The condition of the crew accommodations must consider the importance of crew rest. Factors to consider include vibrations, ambient light, noise levels, and general comfort.

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Our customers have been struggling for years with humidity issues in their vessels leading to  fogged windshields, musty odors, extensive corrosion, and expensive recurring mold remediation.  Anytime the dew point approaches the temperature of the water surrounding them, that humidity issue will rear its head and mechanically or passively ventilating their boats will only compound that exponentially without a means to condition the incoming fresh air.  Luckily for them, the Quest Dry line (Dry 70, Dry 155, and Dry 205) has demonstrated in actual marine applications the ability to dehumidify the wheelhouse, galleys, and living quarters in all brownwater and offshore applications. Properly sizing and installing a Quest Dry unit will lower the Relative Humidity of the boats and accommodate the ventilation requirements of Subchapter M, Subpart F quickly, effectively, and efficiently leading to much more comfortable working conditions and protection of the valuable fleet assets.

Call us today to help size your marine application.  We can help you become Subchapter M compliant.

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How Humidity Issues in Your Workboat Are Costing More Than You Realize http://questprotect.com/humidity-issues-workboat-costing-realize/ http://questprotect.com/humidity-issues-workboat-costing-realize/#respond Thu, 29 Jun 2017 21:02:27 +0000 http://questprotect.com/?p=2129 Humidity Control issues are one of the biggest costs in the marine industry. Between taking your fleet off the water regularly to repair and remediate them for mold and mildew, and adding new air conditioning systems to try to lower…

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Humidity Control issues are one of the biggest costs in the marine industry. Between taking your fleet off the water regularly to repair and remediate them for mold and mildew, and adding new air conditioning systems to try to lower the humidity levels, the costs can be overwhelming.

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While these are huge expenses, regular repairs and maintenance are just the tip of the ice burg. So today, we’re talking about how humidity control issues in the Marine Industry are costing a lot more than you realize.

The Real Cost of Repairs is Lost Income

With a fleet of 100 or more marine vessels, your company could spend millions of dollars on the repair work alone. Now, traditional thinking is that this is necessary to combat the effects of ongoing humidity control issues. You might even add additional air conditioning systems, increase insulation and interior walls to keep the humidity out, or even install drop ceilings for an air barrier.

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While all of these common remedies are incredibly expensive, it’s quite likely that that’s not the biggest expense on your budget or even effective. The biggest cost is the income you’re losing for each vessel while they’re pulled in and off the water. If you could somehow avoid the expensive capital improvements, avoid the regular cost of running the air conditioners on each vessel, and keep the boat on the water earning income longer, you could potentially reduce your expenses and raise profit substantially.

The Human Health Cost of Humidity Control Issues

While we’d all love to imagine that there’s no human health cost to marine vessel humidity control issues, the fact is that they’re quite substantial. And they’re on top of the long list of dangerous ailments that come with a seafarer way of life. Between Cardiovascular Disease, Musculoskeletal Disorder, and the increased risk of cancer, your crew has enough to worry about.

 

Mold, moisture, and mildew can cause serious health problems for your crew, which means that they won’t be at their best when they are working. And the real cost of their suffering health doesn’t even account for the time they miss from work when they’re sick or the cost of the healthcare they’ll need to get back to work. If your marine fleet crew is at their top performance ability, they will be more efficient, productive, and healthier—and that’s all good news for your profit margins.

The Cost of Regulatory Fines from Ill-Repaired Ships

We’ve talked about profit margins on your ship and for your personnel, but we haven’t talked about the other major cost of humidity control issues—regulatory fines. Let’s say you decide to avoid repainting and repairing your fleet because it’s too expensive, you could end up with serious structural damage.

 

On the other hand, if the Coast Guard finds that your vessels or their safety systems aren’t seaworthy to their standards, you could be completely out of business. The Coast Guard is even dictating proper ventilation through Subchapter M so compliance is mandatory if you want to avoid substantial fines. Between high fines for setting to sea without meeting those standards and the cost of their required repairs, you could see yourself in big trouble for not taking care of your moisture control problems.

Learn How to Start Controlling Humidity on Your Marine Fleet

Humidity control is a huge figure in your budget. But the team at Quest Products has a proven solution that can solve many of your problems in a very short amount of time. Contact our team now to learn about the costs and benefits of dehumidification in your marine fleet.

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