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Like an Igloo: Computer Room Cooling

If you have been in a big computer room, you may have noticed that it is often significantly cooler than other areas in a building. This is not just a coincidence. Rooms in offices and facilities that hold hard drives, data storage banks, servers, etc., need to be specially cooled.

As you can imagine, these rooms often hold information and technology imperative to the company they are part of. So it would be disastrous for a company if it malfunctioned or the information became lost. There are two kinds of “computer rooms,” and they use different cooling techniques. There are Server rooms and Computer rooms. Server rooms house data storage banks and hard drives. These can heat up, meaning they must be kept cool to maintain the equipment. To do this, one would need a cooling unit just for that room. Even though your building may be small enough only to need one unit to cool it, you would still need a separate unit to keep your Server room at the optimal temperature.

Computer rooms generally hold all the servers and printers. These need a more complex cooling system, a Liebert System, which through cooling by water as opposed to air, provides a constant temperature, humidification, and dehumidification for the room to remain “just right.”

If you own a company or business with a Server or Computer room, it is essential to be aware that it should be cooled differently. Otherwise, you could end up losing your files. One should also look out for temperature fluctuations in a computer or server room due to the door being left open. Therefore, ensure it is closed tightly, especially in these hot summer months. Another precaution to take is to be sure that data is backed up daily and saved on an external drive or manually with hard copies.

Questions about computer room cooling? Contact FLAME!

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