planning to turn my airing cupboard into server room at home
I hope you're all enjoying your summer holidays!
Shortly before the start of the summer hols I finally took ownership of my first house and have spent the last 4-5 weeks doing various refurbishment works to turn it in to the sort of house I want to live in.
For part of these works I was hoping to turn my small (~1mx~1.5m) airing cupboard into a server room, as I have just had the boiler replaced with a combi boiler, meaning no hot water cylinder, and basically no heat in the airing cupboard at all. I have oodles of storage space for towels, bed stuff etc which leaves me with this room fairly idle.
As bed3, which neighbours the airing cupboard, is to be my office/den/games room I am hoping to sit my UPS, my server (poweredge 1800) and my day to day gaming workstation in the airing cupboard and feed all cables through the stud wall in to my office which should hopefully provide a relatively quiet working/gaming environment.
I have gone through great discomfort (itchiness mostly) in more thoroughly insulating the house and now realise I really need to worry about getting rid of some of the heat that will build up in the airing cupboard. The airing cupboard is a little more than a door width wide, has a stud wall either side of it neighbouring bed3 and the bathroom and the other wall being the external wall on the back of the house.
The reason I am asking for advice here is, I am aware that many smaller schools (possibly primary schools?) potentially have little more equipment in their server rooms, and possibly similar sized server rooms and felt that there would at least be someone out there who has already thought about the scenario and may be able to offer me some advice.
Can I get away with some form of extractor fan (perhaps thermostatically controlled) pushing heat through the outside wall, or am I likely to need to go the whole hog and install an A/C unit for the room?
Having already spent a considerable amount on developing the house I don't want to go nutty here but at the same time I'm not looking to cook my server/games machine!
Any advice boys n girls?