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Importance behind computer room cooling and ventilation

Temperature control is an essential component of data centre management, yet surprisingly it is often overlooked. The two major factors which can cause serious detrimental effects on the health of your data room / electronics is heat and humidity. Learn the importance behind computer room cooling and how you can ensure that your electrical equipment is being maintained in a safe manner. 

 

Heat 

Have you noticed that your electronics, such as your computer or even perhaps your data management room (if your organisation has one) generate a lot of heat? Often when this occurs it results in your electronic devices working at a slower pace or randomly shutting down, which often coincidentally happens at the worst time, such as when you are yet to save your work! These issues generally happen as a result of overheating. Not only can these issues be incredibly frustrating, they also tend to negatively impact the businesses activity due to the consequence of a slower working pace and the potential loss of data / work. 

The components within a computer function best at a certain current produced by low voltage. Even just a slight voltage fluctuation can have a serious impact on the computer’s health. The area within the computer which is vulnerable to overheating is the central processing unit (CPU) which is responsible for the instructions of the computer’s program. The mainboard (also known as the computer’s motherboard) which is responsible for the communication amongst the electronic components has a temperature gauge and will inform the CPU and other elements such as the computer’s hard drive to shut down and slow down if there is a spike in temperature or overheating is present for a succinct period of time. 

 

Humidity 

Humidity means that there is water present within the air, and as we all know, water and electricity do not mix, as when they do, the results aren’t often very pleasant. When computer components are exposed to humid conditions on a regular basis, the parts often break down and corrode due to the moisture present and eventually it results in a broken computer. If the humid conditions create condensation within your computer, there is a chance that it could short-circuit which will mean that you could potentially lose data and have further damage to some of the computer’s components. These issues don’t just happen with computer parts, they will generally occur with any electrical device when situated within a humid environment. Humidity levels within a room that has electronic devices stored / used should remain around the 45 to 60 percent mark which is easily attainable through the installation and use of computer room cooling / air conditioning. 

 

Whilst we are on the topic of maintaining your computer / data room environment, there are a few other routine factors that should be upkept and looked after to ensure that the equipment are being kept safe. One of these factors include regular dusting. A downside of storing so many electronics together is that often it means a large build up of dust and dirt, which after a prolonged period, results in a range of unwanted issues, including overheating (as the dust contributes to overheating issues).

 

If you are unsure of the temperature conditions that are present within your computer / data rooms, reach out to the power management and power protection specialists, Northern Lights Data. Northern Lights Data can install incredibly reliable and cost-effective heat pump systems to keep computer rooms/ data centre the optimal temperature to maximise their processes. Not only that, but we can advise on the optimal temperature control solution to meet your current and future business needs. We can analyse your specific requirements including power density, room size, growth plans, budget, running costs and other factors to help you balance these considerations and suggest a solution that fits your business goals.

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