The server room is a critical part of any organisation’s IT infrastructure. It’s the room that houses the servers, and other equipment, that are essential for running the company’s computer systems and networks.
These servers generate a significant amount of heat, and if not properly managed, the excess heat can cause damage to the equipment and lead to system failures. It’s necessary to install specialised cooling equipment to regulate the temperature inside the server room to prevent problems.
Here we’ll discuss the best temperature for a server room and how Cool-Tec can help your business keep on top of it.
What’s the Ideal Server Room Temperature?
To prevent problems developing, both the temperature and humidity levels need to be controlled in server rooms. This will help ensure that the equipment operates efficiently and reliably.
The ideal temperature for servers to run efficiently is between 19 – 21°C.
Failing this, it should be kept within the window of 18 – 27°C. Temperatures below 10°C or above 35°C need to be addressed immediately.
The humidity level should be between 40 – 60%.
Why Do Server Rooms Need to be Kept at a Specific Temperature?
Maintaining a specific temperature in the server room is important for several reasons.
1. Excess heat can cause components to fail or degrade more quickly, which can lead to costly downtime and repairs.
2. High temperatures can increase the risk of fire, as well as create uncomfortable and potentially hazardous working conditions for staff.
3. A controlled temperature environment can extend the lifespan of the equipment and save on energy costs – machines can end up working harder and less efficiently in high temperatures.
Based on these three reasons, it’s clear how important it is to maintain a consistent, regulated temperature is in server rooms.
Server Room Size and Temperature Control
The size of a server room can have a significant impact on the type of cooling equipment required to maintain an optimal operating temperature.
The size of the room, the amount and type of equipment in the room, and the heat output of the equipment all need to be considered when calculating what cooling equipment is required for a server room. As well as this, the ambient temperature and humidity levels of the surrounding area should also be factored in.
Small Server Rooms
If a server room is relatively small and contains only a few servers or other IT equipment, it may be possible to cool the room using a simple air conditioning unit or portable cooling device.
Large Server Rooms
As the size of the room expands, and the number of servers and equipment increases, more powerful and specialised cooling systems will be required. Precision cooling units can provide more precise temperature and humidity control.
In addition, larger server rooms may require additional cooling infrastructure such as raised floors, ductwork, or specialised ventilation systems, to distribute cool air effectively throughout the room and remove hot air generated by the equipment.
Ultimately, the size of a server room will have a significant impact on the cooling equipment required, and it is essential to carefully consider the specific needs of the room and the equipment to ensure optimal performance and reliability.
Cool-Tec Help Keep Temperatures Down
At Cool-Tec, we specialise in designing and installing high-quality air conditioning and cooling systems that you can rely on to keep your business running smoothly. We can create bespoke systems to suit server rooms and data centres of any size.
Our air conditioning systems help to control humidity, which is vital for machinery, and we offer a comprehensive maintenance service in case your existing systems are not working as efficiently as before.
Server Room Temperature FAQs
What temperature should a server room be?
The ideal temperature for a server room is between 19 – 21°C.
Why do server rooms get so hot?
Server rooms get hot because they contain numerous electronic devices that constantly operate and generate heat. These devices require cooling to maintain a specific temperature range, and failure to do so can result in equipment failure, downtime, and reduced lifespan of the equipment.
What’s the easiest way to keep a server room cool?
The easiest ways to keep a server room cool are:
- Ensuring proper airflow and ventilation
- Using efficient cooling equipment
- Minimising heat generated by keeping equipment organised and avoiding overcrowding.
- Keeping the server room clean and free of dust. This helps improve the efficiency of cooling systems and prevents overheating.