Why shouldn’t I use my subfloor as storage for items in other areas of the subfloor?

Subfloor CleaningQ: Why shouldn’t I use my subfloor as storage for items in other areas of the subfloor? J.P. – Data Center Manager

A: Any foreign object in a subfloor causes turbulence to airflow causing air patterns that increase needs for more cooling output, lowering ability for controlled air to reach equipment. Debris may also cause complete air blockage creating hot spots and thermo-control issues in the data center. Every 10° rise in temperature lowers your equipment’s MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) by 50%, shortening the life of equipment. [Reference ASHRAE, NFPA Standards & Equipment Manufacturers Best Practices]. It is a good practice to keep the subfloor clear of foreign objects if it is used to supply conditioned air.

– Jason Roth

About Jason Roth

Jason Roth is a nationally-recognized expert in the contamination control and critical environment consulting industry. Since 1988, he has provided consulting services and support to thousands of leading corporations in the US and overseas.

He is a member of the IEST (Institute of Environmental Science Technology), is SSTA (Southwest Safety Training Alliance) Certified, is a Certified Trainer by the Environmental Institute in Lead Abatement, is NCI (National Comfort Institute) Certified for air testing/balancing/certification, was a key speaker at Technology Day in Detroit, has presented at the Uptime Institute (for Data Center enhancements), is a regular at the Cleanrooms West Conference, is a cleanrooms protocol trainer and developer, and has published numerous well-known white-papers in the industry.