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Temperature and Humidity Monitoring: 6 Frequently Asked Questions

Environmental conditions like temperature and humidity can cause severe damage to your gear. Protecting your valuable equipment should be priority number one. Without the right monitoring system in place, you're leaving your valuable equipment at risk for serious damage.

Diagram of temperature and humidity monitoring device in action
Diagram showing the TempDefender for temperature and humidity monitoring.

Temperature and humidity monitoring can prevent expensive damage to your gear. This preserves network uptime, protects your revenue, and ensures you won't have throngs of angry customers ready to take their business elsewhere.

To help you get started with choosing the right system, here are the 7 most frequently asked questions about temperature and humidity monitoring.

  1. How can temperature damage my equipment?

    Smaller and more powerful processors are being packed into smaller units than ever before. This ultimately leads to your equipment generating more and more heat. If you're not properly cooling your server room or data center, you could be exposed to serious damage. Overheating can cause thermal shutdowns (at best) and severe damage (at worst). Either way, your network will be down, disrupting service and costing you valuable revenue.

  2. How can humidity damage my equipment?

    While humidity threats aren't as common, they are no less severe. Excess humidity can cause condensation to build up on the circuit boards of your gear, causing components to rust and deteriorate. If the humidity is too low, your gear runs the risk of short-circuiting from static electricity.

  3. Are there any other environmental conditions I should be concerned about?

    It's nothing new that water and electronic equipment don't get along. If water is present in your server room, you're at risk of some serious damage. Another critical condition is airflow. With the excessive amount of heat generated, it's essential to have adequate airflow to cool your equipment. Airflow sensors can detect disruptions in the airflow and alert you, helping you prevent a thermal shutdown.

  4. This sounds expensive - will this type of system break my budget?

    It certainly will not! Think of a temperature and humidity monitoring system as a good investment: you invest a little up front, then sit back and reap the rewards of your savvy decision. Implementing your own monitoring system doesn't have to be expensive, and by preventing just one network outage, it will pay for itself several times over.

  5. It at least sounds complicated...What will it take to set up and configure?

    Not much, actually! The right system won't take a skilled technician to install and it won't take an engineer to configure. A good monitoring system will feature a simple plug 'n' play design and an easy-to-use graphical web interface. These tools allow you to have total control managing your network - with none of the headaches.

  6. If I've never had a network emergency, why should I start monitoring now?

    Consider yourself lucky. Each year, a majority of the server rooms and data centers will experience some kind of threat from environmental conditions. Even if you've been fortunate to be emergency-free, you shouldn't wait till you experience one to start monitoring. Being proactive and staying on top of your network is the only way to guarantee you can prevent a network emergency.

Where can I find a capable monitoring system?

Temperature and humidity monitoring don't have to be a hassle, and it definitely doesn't have to be expensive. Just imagine how much easier your job could be if you were monitoring all of the critical environmental conditions. Picture the peace of mind knowing if there's ever a threat to your gear, you'll be the first to know.

The TempDefender can handle all of your tough temperature and humidity monitoring needs.

Monitoring your network is a serious job that requires a serious solution. That's why I recommend the TempDefender IT. This device is compact, easily rack-mounted, has 8 discrete alarms and 4 analogs (daisy-chainable up to 16), provides 24/7 alerts to your phone or email, and comes standard with world-class 7x24 tech support. This device is built to tackle your tough monitoring needs.

Don't Leave Your Gear at Risk Any Longer

Call 1-800-693-0351 or email sales@dpstele.com to talk to the monitoring specialists at DPS Telecom. The DPS Sales Engineers can answer all of your questions - no matter how tough or technical - and help you design the right system to monitor your network. Just tell us about your monitoring needs and we'll help you make the right choice.