Your server room is the heart of your business so if anything happens to it, you’re at risk of losing all of your precious data. One of the biggest risks to your server room is excess heat, which can cause damage to the hardware, random reboots and overall poor performance. As every server is working 24 hours a day and constantly producing heat as it does so, it is a continual balancing act to keep your servers at an optimum temperature and prevent over-heating. Although some people recommend not allowing your server room to be warmer than 23 degrees Celsius, there are several companies who have reported temperatures of around 35 degrees Celsius without any issues. One example of this is Facebook who have done away with the traditional method of air conditioning for their data centres in favour of alternative methods.
Although air conditioning has become a lot more energy and cost efficient over the past decade, it is still very costly to both your business and to the environment. The units contain ammonia, Freon and chlorofluorohydrocarbons (CFCs) which are harmful to people and the ozone layer. Switching from air conditioning units to simply fanning in fresh, outside air can reduce the cost of keeping your server room cool by around 85% which means a huge cut to your energy costs. They can be used throughout the night so there is no longer a need to leave air conditioners running 24/7 just because your servers are.
One of the methods used by Facebook to prevent their servers from over-heating whilst doing away with the air conditioners is to rearrange the equipment so that it almost keeps itself cool and helps to aid air flow. Similarly, these principles can be utilised throughout your office so you can decrease your energy bills even more and shrink your carbon footprint. An Energy Consultant can come up with innovative changes that can utilise strategies like these and save you money and energy both in your server room and throughout your office.
As well as the environmental impact of air conditioning, it can cause cold and flu symptoms and the sudden change in temperature can lower people’s immune symptoms, all of which can add up to a lot of extra sick days being taken. You will be surprised at how much money you will save without sacrificing comfort when you explore alternative cooling and ventilation options.Categories: HVAC, Latest News, Top Tips
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