Enhanced humidity control for data storage
The warehouse is used for the storage of documentation and data tapes but broad fluctuations in humidity, with extremes as high as 83% RH at 24°C, were causing the owner of the data tapes to consider alternative storage arrangements. Integral, the facilities management contractor for the site, therefore invited Humidity Solutions to survey the site and propose a solution.
It was determined that both humidification and dehumidification would be required at different times of year to meet the design requirements of 45-55% RH at temperatures between 18°C and 24°C.
Integral’s Spencer Collins recalled: “Given the urgency of the situation we needed not just an effective solution but one that could be installed very quickly. Humidity Solutions responded swiftly and the equipment was manufactured, delivered and installed within five weeks. They also provided the installation service, with our support, and commissioning of the new system. Their ability to provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ solution was critical in meeting the fast-track requirement of this project.”
The solution comprises a weatherproofed SKE 20kg/hr modulating Neptronic steam humidifier, retrofitted to the existing external air handling unit, along with four DFRD-060-E Fisair Desiccant dehumidifiers which were installed in the space.
The regeneration and extract grilles for the dehumidifiers are installed through the walls and the dry air is delivered in a way that ensures efficient distribution between data racks to create a stable and controlled environment.
Humidity Solutions is the only manufacturer-independent humidity control specialist in the UK that is able to offer a range of both humidifiers and dehumidifiers as well as a full installation/commissioning service.