Monitor humidity in your data center
Humidity is an environmental condition that is often overlooked in data centers, but it can be almost as important as temperature. ASHRAE recommends a humidity level of 41.9 °F dew point to 60% RH, with an allowable range between 20%-80%.
Humidity can be very temperamental. Humidity that’s too high can cause condensation, and long-term condensation issues will lead to corrosion and breakdown of components within the data center environment. Yet low humidity can create electrostatic discharge across crucial components such as CPUs, RAM drives, hard drives and motherboards.
The only way to properly maintain correct humidity levels is to monitor them. Many external factors can change the internal humidity levels in your data center, especially if you are using an airside economizer system. When bringing cold air in from the outside to cool your data center, the air will need to go through a humidification or dehumidification process.
The Sensaphone IMS system can monitor your data center humidity levels from 0%-100%. Humidity sensors placed properly throughout your server room will provide you with the information you need to monitor the varying humidity levels. Any threat to equipment can be detected early with the use of a humidity sensor.