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Electronics Manufacturing & Data Centre Humidification

If the humidity drops below 40% relative humidity (%rH) in a data centre, static electrical charges can build-up causing sparks that damage servers and IT equipment. This can cause downtime and expensive bills for replacing equipment.

A purpose built data centre will have a ducted air conditioning system that introduces fresh air, extracts return air and controls temperature and humidity. Specific humidity guidelines for computing equipment are supplied by most equipment manufacturers but the recommended level by CIBSE (Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers) is 45%-60%rH.