Blowing some cool air on a hot server
March 15, 2012 6:08 AM Subscribe
Apparently as the air system in our office building has degraded, the heat in our offices during the spring and fall when the AC shuts off has become unbearable as air that is hotter than outside is blown around. Bad for people, but worse for our server room. It has gotten to the breaking point and we need to do something. I'm looking for a way to cool off our servers in the transition periods between winter and A/C being turned on.
posted by charred husk to computers & internet (13 answers total)
The server room is about 10' x 20' and has a 16' ceiling. It isn't air tight and there is maybe a foot or two between the ceiling tiles and the next floor.
There are four servers, a PC, a Dell MD1000 storage device, and three APC 3000VA UPS. There is no exhaust out from the room and there is a fan that blows in air (hot air at the moment, probably not A/C for a few weeks at least.)
The building is in the middle of a messy change of ownership and we can't really do much to reconfigure the room itself, at least not any time soon.
My current thought is to purchase a portable AC unit and have it vent out over the ceiling of the next room (this is doable). However I'm not sure how good of an idea this is or how strong of an AC unit to get.
I'm sure there are all sorts of details I'm leaving out - I'll clarify as best I can. I inherited this setup and a lot of things are undocumented or unknown. Also, it is going to be 80 degrees today and the quicker fix the better!