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General Chat Thread, Air conditioning in General; Okay so following on from a thread on here about server rooms and air conditioning (or lack thereof), I just ...
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    Okay so following on from a thread on here about server rooms and air conditioning (or lack thereof), I just questioned my line manager again about getting an aircon unit for this server room. As I mentioned in one of the threads, there are four servers, between two and four workstations on at any time and four switches in this broom cupboard sized server room (also my base). The heat in here is unbearable at times, so I was asked to look at potential ain conditioning units.

    Does anyone have any recommendations as to exactly what I need? I think management are looking along the lines of a portable aircon unit, but I'm not sure that is really suitable. I'm not buying it just to stop me melting, after reading some of the threads on here, I have become genuinely worried about the servers.

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    Re: Air conditioning

    Portable air con units are only any good as a short term measure.

    Any good air con company can quote you on the heat ouput in the room, watch out for any heating or hot water pipes that may add to the heat loading.

    Even if you have a radiator that's off the supply pipes may get hot in the winter still.

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    Re: Air conditioning

    Use a portable air con unit here, works fine but it is at max all the time. It's not really a long term solution though, they're bulky and a bit noisier than built in or wall mounted units and of course if yours is as basic as mine you can't set a temperature - it's simply got "cool" settings :P

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    Re: Air conditioning

    You'll also run into difficulties if you can't get access to an external wall.

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    Re: Air conditioning

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    You'll also run into difficulties if you can't get access to an external wall.
    Insulated ducting

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    Re: Air conditioning

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    You'll also run into difficulties if you can't get access to an external wall.
    Our room doesn't have external wall access so we have a 10m run of tubing between the 2 parts of the unit. Works great.

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    Re: Air conditioning

    Our old aircon used to run max 24/7 which ended up with it icing up.

    Ambient outside temperature also makes a difference with a split unit installation.

    Measure the size of your room and add up all the heat generating appliances, add some for yourself and extra machines that may temporarily live there and then probably multipl by 2.

    I bought an unltrasonic tape measure from tesco last week for £10.

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    Re: Air conditioning

    Don't forget to allow for insolation (SP?) which is solar heat gain, and can be significant if you have south facing windows.

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    Re: Air conditioning

    "hi i came across this website this company specialize in server room air conditioning"


    hope you find this useful
    server room air conditioning

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    Re: Air conditioning

    Hmm, interesting - using their calculations our A/C is too small, by a third. And it is brand new... Not good, especially as we will be adding more servers.

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    Re: Air conditioning

    Make sure you do get the right size. I had one fitted the other week and it just isnt working properly so they have come back to us and said the unit isnt big enough!!!!!

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    Re: Air conditioning

    An important point from Callum's linked website...

    Always remember to get your air conditioner serviced every six months in order to maintain efficiency and prolong product life.


    I think every 12months is more realistic in a school situation due to your budgets.

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    Re: Air conditioning

    I have mine inspected and checked over every 6 months, meets with the Legionella rules or summat, not my budget that pays for it so doesn't worry me. They come in April and October to mine.

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    Re: Air conditioning

    Servicing ain't mega expensive.

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    Re: Air conditioning

    Servicing, whats that lol....

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