RVT launch the new Monitex Temperature and Humidity Monitor
The TRH Monitor continuously measures temperature and relative humidity levels giving you complete control over your drying-out programme.
29th September 2020
What is a TRH Monitor and why do I need one on site?
The Monitex Temperature and Humidity Monitor (TRH) unit, housed in a robust casing, will continuously monitor temperature and relative humidity and store the data on a cloud-based platform which can be accessed remotely from any PC, tablet or smart phone.
Using this data, the contractor can decide when is the right time to install a temporary heating solution, or if you already have a heater on site, you can decide whether you need to adjust the thermostat. Having this control in the palm of your hands, means that your drying-out programme will remain efficient and effective for the duration of the project, enabling you to keep your project on track and within budget.
Furthermore, the cloud-based platform lets you access historical data and reports; this is ideal in situations where contractors need to prove that adequate internal atmospheric conditions were provided during the build, and that they should not be held responsible for any defects in timber or joinery work that has appeared after project completion. Having these reports readily available as evidence will negate such claims.
What is relative humidity?
Relative humidity (RH) is a measure of the water vapour density of air compared to the water vapour density for saturated air at the same temperature and pressure (that is, the maximum amount of moisture that air can 'hold' at that temperature and pressure).
Temperature and humidity on site
Heating is essential for maintaining an ambient temperature on site, keeping workers safe and your project on track. Keeping workers warm and comfortable helps to keep productivity levels high and prevents workers from becoming ill. Heating will also help to reduce drying times. Whether you’re plastering, painting, screeding or curing wood, heat is essential for ensuring your project can progress on time.
Construction sites face many humidity issues throughout a project; these may be caused by wet trades or severe weather conditions. Humidity can affect the performance of buildings, causing condensation, mould growth, mildew, staining, slip hazards, damage to equipment and the corrosion and decay of the building fabric as well as poor performance of insulation.
How can humidity be controlled?
Humidity can be controlled by limiting sources of moisture (including reverse condensation, where moisture evaporates from damp materials), increasing temperatures, humidification, or dehumidification, and by ventilation.
What is a temperature & humidity monitor and what is the benefit to using one?
The temperature and humidity monitor is a monitor that affixes to an upright stand and can measure the temperature and humidity of the environment it is in. This data can be stored and viewed remotely on RVT’s online monitoring platform giving ease and peace of mind to the hirer. It minimises the effort of having to go into the area with a hand-held device to measure this. Also, this monitor can send alerts to the user when the parameters have been breached.
The Effective Drying Triangle
The effective drying triangle consists of the elements;
Warmth - Heat raises the room temperature and so lowers the relative humidity of the air. This allows the air to absorb more water from surrounding surfaces.
Air Movement – Air movement across a substrate draws the water to the surface, where it evaporates.
Dehumidification – Dehumidification extracts water from the air, to be transferred from the work area.
This is a proven methodology, devised by the RVT Group, to ensure effective heating and drying-out. This methodology can be supported with the use of the Monitex Temperature and Humidity Monitor, along with other Climex solutions.
CLIMEX® Indirect Oil Fired Heaters - RVT's indirect oil-fired heater can achieve between 90-92% efficiency, making this a highly effective and cost efficient solution for drying out large new builds. This site heater also features an adjustable thermostat so that you can remain in control of the heat output. This heater is compatible with environmentally sustainable, high performance HVO fuel.
CLIMEX® Air Distribution Kits - The Air Distribution Kits are great for assisting with warm air distribution whilst drying out new builds. Air movement is critical to an effective drying out programme, because it helps to draw water to the surface where it can be evaporated.
CLIMEX® Dehumidifiers - Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air assisting with drying out programmes. This unit extracts and condenses up to 96 litres of moisture every 24 hours, making it ideal for flood damage restoration and assisting with the drying out of buildings, allowing wet trades to progress quicker.
CLIMEX® Electric Fan Heaters – There’s no need for fuel such as propane or diesel with electric units, making them the ideal solution if you have easy access to power on site. We have units ranging from 1.5kW to 18kW heat output. One of our most popular electric heaters is the Climex Electric Heater 18FD, which features a diffuser with multiple air distribution holes to ensure even warm air distribution.
CLIMEX® Boilers - The Climex range of mobile boiler hire units are capable of providing temporary heating and hot water. Ideal for large scale site projects at universities, hospitals, factories and leisure centres.