May 18, 2023

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Data Centers and Server Rooms

17–20 minutes to read

Data centers and server rooms are facing increased demands due to the continuous influx of data and the rising demand for artificial intelligence, real-time analytics, and other computationally intensive tasks. As a result, they are operating at higher capacities than ever before.

The density and energy consumption within these spaces is continuously increasing, and the reliance on technology and data, along with the cost of downtime, has reached unprecedented levels. Because of the sensitivity of the equipment used in data centers and server rooms, poor indoor air quality can affect hardware performance and even lead to server failure, forcing significant downtime and financial loss for repairs and replacement.

According to the Uptime Institute’s Outage Analysis report of 2022, 60 percent of digital infrastructure outages now incur costs of at least $100,000, compared to 39 percent in 2019. A significant number of organizations surveyed (one in five) experienced “serious” or “severe” outages in the past three years, resulting in substantial financial losses, damage to reputation, violations of compliance regulations, and even instances of loss of life.

Furthermore, the impact of poor indoor air quality on human well-being, daily productivity, and physical health in these spaces should not be overlooked. In addition to its effects on employees, inadequate indoor air quality, whether caused by dust and other particulate matter or harmful gaseous...

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