Like any environment where electronic hardware is present, data centres, server rooms and IT facilities are extremely susceptible to the build-up of static discharge. Current guidelines recommend that data centres have a humidity level 60% relative humidity, with an allowable range of between 20-80% RH. This means that at certain points of the year, almost every data centre will need the use of a humidification system to instil these internal conditions.
The NHS, space travel and Concorde are perceived to be the ‘coolest’ things in the world, according to a poll of 2,000 British adults.
iPhones, astronauts, and vinyl records also ranked highly, along with E-Type Jaguars, the Japanese bullet train and dinosaurs.
And when it comes to the coolest people, James Bond was the top choice, despite being a fictional character.
He featured higher in the list than former US president Barack Obama, heart throb Tom Hardy, icon Steve McQueen and all-round smoothie, Idris Elba.
We were approached by a leading HVAC contractor seeking a temporary humidifier hire arrangement to assist with the testing of a newly installed air conditioning system. The contractor was looking to conduct a series of assessments under various parameters to ascertain how the client’s building – a large packaging warehouse – would be affected by cooling equipment, and vice versa.
The build-up of static electricity within a TV or radio broadcasting studio is both undesirable and avoidable, with a range of implications for both people and equipment inside. Humidification is a very simple and effective way of eliminating the presence of static electricity, as moisture in the air increases conductivity which allows it to absorb and evenly distribute any excess charges.
If an organisation’s climate control system begins to operate less efficiently or even breaks down altogether, it is often the role of a facilities manager to commission repairs and source a temporary replacement. So, when a specialised arts university suffered a complete failure of their humidification system, a quick solution was needed to safeguard the contents of a gallery that was exhibiting work from world-renowned figures.
When the estates team for a well-known Nottingham hospital contacted us in search of some temporary humidifier units, our regional engineer was on hand to provide a suitable hire arrangement. The team leader responsible for two wards at the hospital had become concerned by the low level of relative humidity within patient areas, which needed to be addressed immediately.
A facilities management company recently contacted us on behalf of their client after complaints from staff about uncomfortable office conditions. Low relative humidity had led to some employees suffering dry eyes, throats and cracked skin, while there were also separate reports of static electricity affecting computer hardware within the building.
With precious artefacts on public display all year round, it is critical that museums continuously monitor the environment surrounding their exhibits. A controlled indoor climate will ensure the preservation of treasured historical and cultural pieces and this includes maintaining relative humidity within a very specific range.
Companies operating in the printing industry are dependent upon a well-balanced and humid environment to guarantee consistently high-level products, reduced wastage and longer life cycles. But it’s not just the final print quality that can be affected by moisture content in the air. Printing presses and other machinery operate more efficiently, with paper jams and other malfunctions occurring far less frequently as a direct result of relative humidity being properly controlled.
The arrival of Storm Desmond in the run-up to Christmas 2015 saw much of the UK badly struck by unprecedented levels of rainfall. Flood defence schemes had largely proved futile and around 60,000 homes were left without power in the worst affected areas. Water also rose to first floor windows in hundreds of houses in Cumbria and Northumberland, with the Met Office announcing that December was the wettest month ever recorded on these shores.