For once, I'm up early. Hoping to make that a theme this weekend and to get some things done before the temperature and humidity outdoors become unbearable. I have spending my work days in a very large room cooled to at least 65* and it has made conditions outside feel all the worse.
* There is a very long story there, with a moral about letting the desire to keep people happy trump what you know to be true. You see, the equipment in this room and another one just like it has changed over time, becoming smaller with each generation -- smaller, lighter and producing a lot less heat. Meanwhile, the cooling was designed in the 1970s, way too much for the room, Cooling is how you control humidity, too, and it takes pretty long run times to do so when the outside humidity gets high. An oversized system does not run for long to cool the room. Fail! Both rooms open onto a loading dock, big doors, and while it is supposed to be worked like an airlock, that's way too much effort for many of my co-workers. Even more Fail! Then several of them had the bright idea to get both rooms turned up to 75: more comfortable and better for the environment, win-win! They sold Building Maintenance on their clever idea and madcap highjinks ensued: the previous setting of 68 was just barely over the break-even point. With the temperature up, the cooling units couldn't run enough to dry the air. Add a couple of extended periods of time with loading dock and room doors open.... Not pretty. Major Fail. At one point there were damps patches on the walls. The temperature has been turned back down to 68 but too late; the other room has the most activity and they're running dehumidifiers in it now. I asked to have the temperature set as low as practical in the room where I'm working, doing some prep work for yet another generation of small, light, not-very-heat-producing equipment. At least it will start dry; what the operators do after that is not in my control.
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