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8:35 am on Jul 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Is there a an ideal range for the temparature of the air in the server room , not the servers themselves?
11:53 am on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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65F-70F is what I've always heard the range should be.
6:10 pm on July 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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That's a good range. That's where I keep my work room with my servers and computers. Keeping this temperature, and good air circulation, keeps my processors around 85-95 degrees depending on load.

I mentioned circulation. It's important to keep the air in the room moving or else a kind of heat bubble can surround servers / computers and the machines will just continue to recycle their already heated air. A cieling fan does the trick nicely.

It's possible to aquire small air conditioners for server rooms. We had a 1 ton unit at a former company which we got for around $400. It kept the room pretty cool even though we had about 30 servers in a 10x10 room.

Good luck.

4:36 pm on Aug 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks. Can the small air-con units be placed inside? I dont want to draw attention to the building in any way whatsoever.

Its only for 5 servers but the room is up to 84F on the hot days.

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Can the small air-con units be placed inside?

A/c units move heat from one place to another. So the heat from your server room needs to go somewhere, but not necessarily outside, it could be a false ceiling, corridor or adjacent room etc.

A portable air cooled unit might be your best bet. They have small, typically 6 to 8" diameter hot air exhaust ducts which can be hung out of windows etc.

Alternatively, wall mounted versions are now available which only need a couple of 6" vents on an outside wall. To the casual eye they look like bathroom/toilet extractor grilles.

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I thought the cooler the better. Is that not true? If you can have it at 0 degrees wouldn't that be best?
6:39 pm on Aug 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Most of today's electronic products undergo rigorous temperature testing as part of compliance with standardized UL or IEC safety regulations. They have a specified operating range they must stay within so I believe parts are designed for maximal performance within that range. I found a source online that said:
Both excessive heat and cold can damage a PC.

Also, another risk you run when you cool the air around computers / servers is static electricity. I'd say to contact your machine's manufacturer / look in the literature provided with your machine to determine the machine's effective operating range. A lot of big server rooms I've been in were kept around 60 degrees so you'd probably be safe in that range.