Cooling Help: Three Things To Consider When Choosing An AC Unit For Your Server Room

Posted by Gaw Technology on 11/10/2013

Data center managers and server room operators are constantly working on ways to ensure that their equipment is well protected, and one of the main concerns for anyone who works with servers is overheating.  Sometimes keeping servers and server rooms cool can seem like an impossible task.  Servers are up and running for 24 hours a day, and they generate a considerable amount of heat when they’re on.  Server fans and built in fans on data racks can help a lot, but the majority of managers rely on air conditioning systems to keep the rest of the room cool.

Keeping the servers and other electronics  cool is important, but keeping the actual room where they’re stored in is important too.  Hot server rooms can spell disaster for the computers and servers inside of it, and it can also make it unbearable for your employees to work in.  Choosing the right air conditioner can help keep your equipment safe and your room comfortable, but some people have trouble deciding on which system is the best for their needs.  If you’re thinking of updating your cooling system, here are a few words of advice for your to follow.

Never rely on your building’s central air

This should go without saying, but some companies that want to save money insist that their central air conditioning system that cools the entire office is powerful enough to cool the server room.  Your building may have a powerful air conditioning system, but even the most powerful system won’t be enough to keep your server room cool.  The probably with many large AC systems is that setting the temperature for one room sets it for all of the other rooms, and your server room should be a few degrees cooler than all of the other rooms in the office.  It may cost a little more upfront to buy a cooling system for your room, but it’ll be money well spent in the long run. 

Think about power

If you’re planning on a getting a cooling system for your server room, don’t forget to factor in the energy it’ll have to use.  If you want to experience an IT manager’s worst nightmare, plug in an AC unit without thinking about its power usage and watch all of your equipment suffer the effects of a power surge.  Take note of how much energy your server room currently uses, the energy capacity of your circuits, and how much power the new system will need to properly run.  If you’re worried about over possibly putting stress on your current electrical set up, you should contact and electrician so that they can do some work.

Make sure you only have essential equipment running

If your room is still overheating after finding a new cooling system, you may want to consider turning off some of your non-essential electronics.  Technically almost every electronic in a server room is essential, but you may be able to find a way to do away with some of your computing equipment.  See if you can move data from a smaller server to a larger one so that you don’t have to keep the smaller server running.  This won’t just help keep your room cooler, it’ll also help you save on electricity costs.

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