CO2 Incubator: A Laboratory Staple

Desiccation results in lost cultures.  It is important to maintain adequate moisture inside the chamber to prevent the drying out of cultures.  Large CO2 incubators may use steam-generators or
atomizers to control relative humidity levels but most small to mid-sized incubators use humidity pans to produce humidity through evaporation.  Humidity pans produce relative humidity levels
between 95-98%.  Some incubators have a humidity reservoir that holds water in a heated pan.  This increases evaporation.  A humidity reservoir may increase the relative humidity levels to 97
98% but this system is more complicated and problems may arise due to an increase in the number of components and these units may be prone to internal “sweating”.

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Desiccation results in lost cultures.  It is important to maintain adequate moisture inside the chamber to prevent the drying out of cultures.  Large CO2 incubators may use steam-generators or
atomizers to control relative humidity levels but most small to mid-sized incubators use humidity pans to produce humidity through evaporation.  Humidity pans produce relative humidity levels
between 95-98%.  Some incubators have a humidity reservoir that holds water in a heated pan.  This increases evaporation.  A humidity reservoir may increase the relative humidity levels to 97
98% but this system is more complicated and problems may arise due to an increase in the number of components and these units may be prone to internal “sweating”.