Because of the amount of heat they create and the invaluable equipment they house, data centers have an even stronger need for a dependable HVAC system than most businesses do. Some places, like restaurants, may feel more uncomfortable and smell terrible if they go too long without an HVAC system. A data center, on the other hand, could lose everything due to heat or dust.
There is no “best” HVAC system for a data center. The needs of a data center vary based on the individual data center. That’s why you need a professional who can steer you in the right direction with which equipment to buy and where to install it. Our team at Ambient Edge can work with you to design the right HVAC system for your data center. Give us a call for a free initial consultation at (928) 433-2979.
Temperature and Moisture Control
Temperature control is a must in a data center. Depending on the kinds of machines you have in your data center, you may need different HVAC equipment than other data centers. For example – while it scares us to admit it – some data centers can operate just fine with a regular fan or a standard air conditioner. Most data centers, however, need something a little more high-powered to handle their needs.
Just as important as controlling the temperature in a data center is controlling the moisture in the air. Servers are particularly vulnerable to humidity and can break down if there’s too much of it in the air. In fact, most data centers keep water far away from the room, except for the necessary fire safety and plumbing supplies.
Server rooms typically do not have windows. This is to help reduce the amount of heat and moisture that can come into the room. For this reason, window air conditioners won’t work with a data center; there’s no place to put them! All data centers instead rely on a central air type of system.
We’ll work with you to help design the best HVAC system for your data center by following the guidelines set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). These guidelines help us decide which equipment can keep your data center at the perfect temperature while keeping humidity out.
Location, Location, Location
The location of your HVAC system also means a lot. You could buy some of the best equipment, but if you have high ceilings or a rise in the floor, there’s only so much that equipment can do.
Not only that, but if the server is not the focus of your HVAC system design, then the design is entirely useless. Every part of that HVAC system must have the same goal: protecting the server.
At your initial consultation, we will take measurements of your data center to help us decide just how much space we need to cool and keep dry. The HVAC system you choose must be able to reach from the tallest peaks of your ceiling to the floor below and every space in between. Miss anything, and the heat and dust particles will find their way in and ruin your life later.
When you think HVAC you probably think heating and air conditioning. But HVAC also plays a vital role in pulling dust out of the air.
Dust can kill a data center, to the point where most data centers monitor who comes in, who goes out, and what they bring with them. That’s why you need an HVAC system with HEPA filters that can keep your data center as clean as it needs to be at all times. In fact, dust can even become a fire hazard if enough of it clings together and the air is dry enough.
For this reason, you should consider an HVAC system’s filtering capabilities along with its ability to maintain temperature and moisture before you commit to the install.
Ambient Edge Will Help You Find the Best HVAC System for Your Data Center!
Here at Ambient Edge, we have decades of experience in the HVAC business. You could say it’s our specialty. During that time, if we’ve learned anything about our data center customers it’s that they have unique needs that we must meet. Else your entire business could, quite literally, go up in flames.
You want the best HVAC system for your data center, and we know you need the best HVAC system to keep your data center going. That’s why we will work with you until we find the right combination of parts and equipment to provide you with an HVAC system that won’t let you down. We can also sign you up for preventive maintenance so we can check on the system throughout the year to make sure it’s still operating at its best.
Call us today at (928) 433-2979 and let us help you make your data center safer, more comfortable, and more secure!