Warm and humid air enters the slowly rotating desiccant wheel and is dehumidified by adsorption of water (1-2). Since the air is heated up by the adsorption heat, a heat recovery wheel is passed (2-3), resulting in a significant pre-cooling of the supply air stream. Subsequently, the air is humidified and thus further cooled by a controlled humidifier (3-4) according to the set-values of supply air temperature and humidity. The exhaust air stream of the rooms is humidified (6-7) close to the saturation point to exploit the full cooling potential in order to allow an effective heat recovery (7-8). Finally, the sorption wheel has to be regenerated (9-10) by applying heat in a comparatively low temperature range from 50 °C-75 °C and to allow a continuous operation of the dehumidification process.