Does your company plan on building a server-room in-house? What about an entirely separate data center floor or building? Even businesses with graphic design systems for artwork, model design, or 3D-printing need proper cooling, and the basic air conditioning layout may not be the right fit for every tech cooling issue. Here are a few cooling problems that come up in tech-based building design, along with a few achievable and realistic--not just experimental and expensive--solutions:
Why Are Some Computers So Hot?
Understanding the reason behind computer heat is key to solving the problem in any direction. It's not as simple as calling a system "advanced" or "heavy duty" and throwing as much cold air in its general area as possible.
Electricity, friction, and insulation are the major culprits when it comes to computer heat. Most of your system operates on a controlled and mostly invisible transfer of electricity through circuit traces and wires, and the lack of a visual power cue or buzzing sound can hide a lot of volatility.
It's not the motherboard or even the power supply that leads to the most heat. The biggest heat problem for most computers is the central processing unit (CPU) or processor, which calculates information so quickly and in such high volumes that it can literally set itself on fire.
There are many ways to reduce the temperature of the processor, which are usually already installed. The problem is that heat doesn't just "disappear" from existence; you send it somewhere else, either through spending enough of your power bill to power a cooling system to slow down the movement of particles, or just pushing the air out of the computer.
With multiple, heat-generating systems pushing air out, you can quickly end up with a warm room. Basic air conditioning can help, but you create another burden by increasing the power bill in inefficient ways if the air conditioning unit is struggling to keep up with a safe temperature.
You need to make the heat someone else's problem, but elegantly.
Elegant Air Conditioning Design
Throwing random cooling systems at a problem will only make a bigger problem somewhere else. If you take away from the Information Technology department's job of maintaining cool systems, you create more work for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals. Business is always appreciated, but there's a smarter way for both your business and the workers involved.
A good technical work center is a sealed room with controlled air conditioning and ventilation. This allows any air conditioning system to have as much control over temperatures without being interrupted by leaking air and ambient temperatures outside of the designated room.
Good ventilation also includes proper delivery and exhaust. Tech cooling is about device comfort, not personal comfort, and while you don't need to treat your employees like military ITs who wear parkas inside their computer-based workspaces in the summer, you can do a lot by rethinking how cooling should work.
Point air conditioning systems directly onto the computer systems. This is easily done by designing data centers and server rooms with racks, as hoses can be moved over the racks to move cool air over the right spot. An exhaust vent can be added to the exhaust of the computers, which sends the air away from the computers to be someone else's problem.
This can be done with well-designed, sleek pipe systems that can reduce the amount of air conditioning needed for the entire room. Contact an air conditioning services company like Metro Air to discuss other aspects of tech cooling.