A Real Stretch: Hot Yoga Studio HVAC Challenges

Participating in the practice of hot yoga is a challenge not only for the practitioner, but for the building owner who needs to control the humidity under the required temperatures. The ideal climate for a hot yoga studio is a temperature of 40.5 C (105 F) and 40 percent humidity. Keeping a healthy, mold-free environment with good IAQ is more of a challenge in some geographic locations than others.

Haglid Engineering is used to providing sustainable HVAC high indoor moisture solutions for hot yoga studios from small mom and pop set-ups to nation-wide franchises. Here’s an example of a set-up using a BPE 2000 cfm ERV (BPE-MIR-XE-2000) designed to provide efficient HVAC in a very cold geographic area. While the studio needed that important 105 F temperature inside, the outdoor temperature was capable of dropping to -20 F. Under such  conditions, there will be condensation in the exhaust air and, consequently, a weather louver utilized in the duct-work on the exhaust air side of the BPE unit.

The results? A high efficiency of over 95% at a very low flow rate. Better still, the owner recouped $1,043 dollars a month in energy savings and the total installed cost was well below a 9 month simple payback! That’s a 100% Internal Rate of Return (IRR). What a great investment!

The setup:


Disclaimer: While our guidelines and suggestions are intended to provide suggestions and ideas to solve ventilation issues, they are not intended to replace a local licensed Professional Engineer and/or Architect.  Always consult a local licensed expert to support your ventilation system challenges.  By the use and reference of these ventilation systems ideas and guidelines, the user agrees to hold BPE, Inc.,  Haglid EngineeringTM, and their agents harmless and indemnified from the work or work products of others. Local conditions and codes will vary over North America and a local professional is the best expert to address local conditions for a specific project.

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