3 questions to ask before buying a temperature logger

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

It's fair to say building and facilities managers are paying more attention to indoor temperatures now than they have in the past.

Evidence has shown that office temperatures directly impact employee productivity. A study conducted by researchers from Helsinki University of Technology and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that personnel performance may decrease 2 per cent when temperatures rise by one degree Celsius.

It's not surprising then, that organisations are taking an interest in climate control. As a building manager, you depend on temperature data loggers to monitor facilities. Based on that subject, we have put together three questions you should ask yourself before employing such a system, to make certain you are getting the right system to suit your requirements. These are detailed below:


1) How many rooms am I monitoring?

Asking this question helps you not only determine how many data loggers you need, but also identifies the functions they must possess. You may install one instrument in a walk-in refrigerator and another one in a call centre. Each room has its own climate requirements.

Thanks to smartphones, it's not difficult to receive information from anywhere with an internet connection. Some temperature data loggers, such as testo's Saveris 2, can connect to local Wi-Fi networks. This allows the instrument to send information to testo's cloud, from which you can pull room temperature data. All in all, this workflow is much more convenient than visiting each room at a time.


Monitoring systems such as Saveris 2 can send findings directly to smartphone


2) What kind of facilities are you monitoring?

The World Health Organization (WHO) advise technicians to purchase loggers that match their facilities. For instance, let's say you're the building manager of a large food production plant or pharmaceutical warehouse. Such a facility may consist of vaults, cages, cold rooms, walk-in coolers, primary warehousing and mezzanine floors.

In this situation, you'd do well to purchase temperature data loggers that are easy to configure. Additonally, you might want to consider buying a data logger that can also calculate indoor humidity levels.


Some facilities must adhere to strict temperature standards


3) What are the requirements for wireless connections?

In relation to the first two questions, it's possible you'll need temperature data loggers that can connect to your Wi-Fi. Now, you need to think about the back-end functions and protocols associated with this convenient function.

Consider the differences between accessing temperature data from a secure website or a smartphone app. In addition, note WHO's recommendation to buffer data. This means your data loggers will store information for a set period of time before sending it across networks. The process ensures data isn't lost in the event of a network outage.

As with any business process decision, you should of course consider a number of other factors before buying a logger. We hope 3 key factors outlined above will help you address the fundamentals.


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