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Data Center Humidity

A recent event in a client Server Room was a good reminder about how important Temperature, Air Flow, and Humidity are in an environment where you have thousands of dollars of equipment that keep a business running.

Long story short… humidity levels were constantly cycling between 45% and 85% every 20-30 min and the temp was only changing from 68-71 degrees during that period. Luckily we had previously installed an APC Netbotz environment sensor onsite and were immediately able to receive the alerts that something wasn’t quite right…

A recent event in a client Server Room was a good reminder about how important Temperature, Air Flow, and Humidity are in an environment where you have thousands of dollars of equipment that keep a business running.

Long story short… humidity levels were constantly cycling between 45% and 85% every 20-30 min and the temp was only changing from 68-71 degrees during that period. Luckily we had previously installed an APC Netbotz environment sensor onsite and were immediately able to receive the alerts that something wasn’t quite right…

Got the AC guys onsite and things are better now.

Why is Humidity Such a threat?

Humidity poses two threats:
– ESD or Electrostatic buildup and discharge
– Moisture Buildup / Corrosion

With high humidity levels your environment will be very uncomfortable for anyone to work in and your components could slowly start to show signs of corrosion from moisture buildup eventually resulting in failed equipment causing unplanned downtime and causing your business to come to screeching halt (unless you have a Disaster Recovery Plan).

Low humidity levels increase the risk of ESD in your environment. The lower the humidity the easier it is for static charges to develop and fry your equipment. Below 20% humidity it has been observed that the mere passage of dry air over components can cause damage from the triboelectric effect.

What is an ideal humidity range?

Experts are divided in their opinion but the common acceptable range is between 40 – 60%

Looking for more info on Data Center Environments? Check out ASHRAE’s “Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments

Give us a call to learn more about the APC Netbotz products and make sure your aware conditions in your environment before they become a serious problem.

Chris