Commercial On-site IT Services spaces (e.g. data closets, server rooms) typically use a elevated flooring system for the server racks. This enables intensive cooling to be expelled through the space under the floor to cool the servers, switches, routers, etc. Cabling between the many devices and to the users runs through this open floor layout. This by definition is a Plenum Air space and requires Plenum Rated Cable. On-site IT Support.

If there is no wall or ceiling return air grate; look closely at your fluorescent lighting fixtures to see if there is a gap around the edge of the fixtures and put your hand over the gap and you can feel air movement. Obviously your air conditioner should be running at the time! The lack of wall or ceiling return air grates is usually a sure sign that you require Plenum Rated Cable. If you have a large wall or ceiling return air grate; remove and see if there the air is channeled through sheet metal ducting. If there is no sheet metal duct; just the open ceiling or wall space, then you are required by law to use Plenum Rated cable.

How should the data cabling get installed?

Different companies have different needs, and this is also the same with structured cabling systems. So during your consultation with your chosen on-site data cabling services, you need to ascertain that they know your company’s particular needs and expectations; and they should also be aware of the local ordinances regarding the kind of project they will be undertaking.

This is an important issue related to the chemical composition of the cable and your building‘s construction, especially when it comes to your small business phone system and low voltage data/audio cabling.

Since both you and the Fire Department don‘t want you to die from breathing in toxic fumes from your cabling, code requires Plenum Rated cable installed through any plenum air return space. Our Installation Team is required run Plenum Rated cable if they determine the air space in not ducted.