Control of humidity in a critical environment is as important to ensuring reliability as temperature control, yet facilities often ignore it until it's too late. Low humidity can lead to static damage. High humidity can lead to degradation of electronic equipment and swelling or delamination of printed circuit boards. The result? Equipment failure and reduced up-time. Log in for these insights about certain approaches and when (not) to use them.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.