Although temperature monitoring is often the top external environmental concern
for maintaining ideal operating conditions in many industries, humidity monitoring
is in fact just as important for making sure that everything from data centers to
healthcare facilities and research labs run as efficiently as possible.
Business executives and managers can think about this paradigm as being like a hot
summer day. Many people in July and August may complain about how high temperatures
are making them feel uncomfortable, even though humidity is just as likely a culprit
for their condition. Humidity monitoring can be thought about in the same way -
even though it may not be the top concern for many, the effects of excess humidity
are easily felt and can have a damaging effect on critical infrastructure and supplies.
How incorrect humidity levels can be damaging in many industries
Just about any company would be wise to include humidity monitoring in their environmental
monitoring strategy, as excess moisture can wreak havoc in a wide number of business
- Healthcare providers are advised by industry regulators to keep storage areas at
between 30 percent and 60 percent relative humidity. This is because should moisture
levels go above or below this range, the equipment stored in that location would
be considered no longer sterile and thus not fit for treating patients.
- Data center operators should strive to keep server room moisture levels between
40 percent and 55 percent, depending on the type of computer equipment used. When
levels are too high, moisture collects on the internal parts of machines and can
cause them to break down. At the other end of the spectrum, levels that are too
low can lead to electricity discharges and circuits being shorted.
- Telecommunications equipment can kept in locations with between 30 percent and 55
percent, although it is prone to same kind of failures as data center machines when
conditions go above or below that range.
The only way managers can keep tabs on moisture levels is by using humidity monitoring
equipment, and ITWatchDogs offers some of the best remote environmental monitoring
solutions in the industry.