Three Steps for Cooling Your Data Center

AC-FRONT_250So you need to change your cooling approach, but you’re afraid it’ll require massive adjustments and expensive purchases. Not necessarily! Here are some simple steps you can take to increase cooling efficiency without breaking the bank.

1.  Improving Air Circulation

First, you need to make sure you have proper air circulation inside your cabinets. By using filler panels to cover any open spaces, this will help to circulate air properly throughout your equipment minimizing hot spots. If you’re a company using large dedicated cooling systems, we recommend using spot coolers, or even moving your most critical systems around within your cabinet so they’re in the coolest area.

Air circulation is important both inside cabinets and outside in the aisles. If your data center has a raised floor, you should consider utilizing under-floor space to generate cool air, and then feed it up into the room. With this method, your dedicated cooling system won’t need to run at its maximum level throughout the summer, driving your power consumption down and saving your company from high energy costs.


2.  Have a Backup Plan

In addition to purchased or rented portable air conditioning units, you might also consider redundant cooling solutions. These can kick on in case of failure somewhere else ensuring that your data center and the valuable information stored within it stays safe.


3.  Cost-Cutting Steps

No matter how efficient your cooling approach is, during the summer months, data centers can expect an increase in energy costs. Shutting down any equipment that’s not currently being used and turning off the lights when the room is unoccupied are simple, but great ways to minimize heat levels in your data center. These simple steps can save you from 1% to 3% of electric and heat load, which over time renders large amounts of savings.

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