Does your business rely on computer workstations, servers, and/or networking equipment? Desktops, laptops, and smartphones aren't a rarity in business management, but more businesses rely on more powerful machines for in-house productivity--either for most work, or as a backup if internet cloud services fail. With these systems comes heat generation and the wear and tear that comes from hot electronics. To understand how important air conditioning and dedicated cooling is to any level of technology use, here are a few challenges and their solutions.
How Does Temperature Affect Computer Performance?
If your business relies on a few desktops and laptops, you may not notice the effects of temperature until it becomes a critical problem. The information that travels through your computer and even across the internet is either in the form of controlled electricity or--in the case of fiber internet--light as high, complex speeds. This generates heat and creates the main problem limiting the tech industry.
The heat from computers can get extreme. The main heat-emitting component is the processor, and its normal operating temperatures are between 50°C - 90°C depending on the make and model. That's 104°F - 194°F, and that temperature can heat up the general area quickly.
In the hotter months, this is an issue for personal comfort if air conditioning isn't adequate. Personal comfort isn't the only problem, as higher temperatures will also cause modern computers to perform slower in order to lower temperatures to a safe level, or to shut down completely if critical temperatures are reached.
This is a vital safety technique, as processors can ignite to create both a workplace hazard and an expensive replacement.
Proper Area Cooling And Dedicated Temperature Control
At the bare minimum, commercial air conditioning is required to meet human working standards and to keep your computers operating efficiently. Beyond that, you may want to consider some dedicated cooling for any of the more complex systems in your business.
If your business has a server or expands to multiple computer-based pieces of equipment, it's time to consolidate everything and call it a data center. Computer systems are best managed when they're connected and have as short of a distance between each other as possible, although workstations can and should be separated and immune from this consideration.
A data center design means keeping equipment in racks or cases that can be evenly cooled by air in the room. Dedicated cool air ducts can be connected to the equipment storage racks, or pipes can be directed to create jets of cool air that displace the heat from your equipment.
Speak with a commercial air conditioning professional (such as one from Associated Mechanical Contractors, Inc.) to design an air temperature and quality management plan that keeps comfort and tech efficiency at peak performance.