What can AFO do for your Data Center ?
Typically acids form when moisture is introduced into the HVAC system. The air that we breathe has enough moisture to create acids if it is introduced. One benefit to AFO is our anti-oxidants, which lab testing has shown that we provide 3 times the oxidation and corrosion protection that untreated oil provides. This has also been seen from Spectro-analysis reports in the field.
Air is made up of a combination of gasses which include nitrogen (78%), oxygen (21%),
carbon dioxide (0.3%), and water vapor. The water vapor in air is known as humidity. Air in
the IT environment containing the proper amount of water vapor plays an important role in
maximizing the availability of computing equipment. Air containing too much or too little
water vapor directly contributes to reduced productivity and equipment downtime.
Relative humidity (RH) is defined as the amount of moisture in the air at a given temperature in relation to the maximum amount of moisture the air could hold at the same temperature. In a data center or computer room, maintaining ambient relative humidity levels between 45% and 55% is recommended for optimal performance and reliability.
When relative humidity levels are too high, water condensation can occur which results in hardware corrosion and early system and component failure. If the relative humidity is too low, computer equipment becomes susceptible to electrostatic discharge (ESD) which can cause damage to sensitive components. When monitoring the relative humidity in the data center, we recommend early warning alerts at 40% and 60% relative humidity, with critical alerts at 30% and 70% relative humidity. It is important to remember that the relative humidity is directly related to the current temperature, so monitoring temperature and humidity together is critical. As the value of IT equipment increases, the risk and associated costs can increase exponentially.