Expanding Your IT Footprint? Make Sure Your HVAC Is Prepared to Keep Pace

Expanding Your IT Footprint? Make Sure Your HVAC Is Prepared to Keep Pace

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Expanding your business’s IT footprint requires careful planning. Your equipment generates a great amount of heat and dedicated temperature-controlled server rooms are critical to the successful operation and protecting infrastructure. With a knowledgeable commercial HVAC specialist, set your expansion up for success. Contact Estes Commercial to discuss your business’s needs today. The five tips below will help your server room stay cool and well controlled.

  1. Invest in Commercial HVAC Maintenance

For a temperature-controlled server room, cooling systems need to be functioning properly at all times. Commercial HVAC maintenance gives your commercial cooling system the care and upkeep needed to ensure it runs smoothly and energy efficiently at all times. Estes Commercial works with you to create a customized commercial HVAC maintenance plan suiting the unique needs of your business and accommodating your operations.

Commercial HVAC maintenance works to prevent cooling system breakdowns, which could compromise your server room equipment. HVAC breakdowns can cause costly downtime to your operations and damage to temperature-sensitive components. Be mindful of warranty requirements as well. Neglecting regular maintenance may void your manufacturer’s warranty leaving your business open to a large repair bill.

  1. Ensure Proper Airflow

For your temperature-controlled server room to receive the maximum benefit of your commercial cooling system, air needs to be moving through the entire space correctly. Your server room should be equipped with dedicated return and intake air vents. Work with Estes Commercial to ensure your space has the proper ventilation and ducting to keep cool. Make sure these vents are not blocked by equipment – arrange your server racks so they are not directly in front of vents. Surprisingly, servers are often bulky enough to significantly impact air circulation.

Arranging hot and cold aisles helps air move through the room without equipment gaining too much heat. Rack fronts should face each other to draw cool air, while rears should face one another to expel hot air to the aisle. Blanking panels should be installed in empty areas to keep air flowing through aisles properly.

  1. Dedicated Cooling for Temperature-Controlled Server Rooms

Installing dedicated cooling equipment to create a temperature-controlled server room may be the right option for your expansion versus expanding your building’s commercial cooling system. Estes Commercial will assess your needs and provide guidance in selecting the proper cooling systems for your needs to keep temperature and humidity in check.

  1. Eliminate Heat Gain

Certain lighting can add significant heat to a server room, making it more difficult to keep temperatures under control. Replacing inefficient heat-producing incandescent bulbs with LEDs or fluorescent tubes can reduce heat gain, protect your equipment and make the cooling process more efficient.

  1. Environmental Monitoring

Temperature-controlled server rooms hold valuable equipment, critical to operations as well as costly to purchase, repair and replace. Ensure the server room environment is optimal at all times by installing an environmental monitoring system. HVAC controls allow you to carefully monitor conditions within the server room, be alerted if temperatures spike or the cooling system fails and adjust cooling as the need arises. Estes Commercial will design and install commercial HVAC controls to protect your temperature-controlled server room.

A temperature-controlled server room is critical to the success of your business’s operations and the protection of this valuable equipment. Contact Estes Commercial to learn about commercial HVAC maintenance and cooling solutions fit for your server room’s needs.