Natural Ventilation for Data Centers

Most data centers have many servers running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Expectedly, these servers generate a ton of heat output. When the heat is not properly controlled, the servers/computers can overheat. This is something no data center wants to experience. From outages to broken equipment, the consequences of a hot data center are simply too grave. That’s why so many data centers look for reliable cooling systems to keep their systems safe. That’s also why more and more data centers are choosing natural ventilation and hybrid ventilation systems.

Natural Ventilation is the Modern Solution

data_center_natural_ventilationMany data center managers are turning to natural ventilation to keep their data centers cool. When designed correctly, natural ventilation systems offer a steady flow of cool air without interruption. The cool air can then be directed through the hot section to push the heat up and out of the ceiling through a ventilator. This can work in either a “hot aisle” or “cool aisle” system. In situations that require greater air movement the ventilator can be made larger. Alternatively, fans can be installed on the wall of the building to increase the intake airflow through the space.

Maintenance & Repair

Relying solely on powered ventilation for heat exhaust can be costly and time consuming. Exhaust fans require frequent maintenance and repair work. Furthermore, when placed in the ceiling or on the roof they can be hard to access when repairs are required. Natural ventilation solutions on the other hand require no regular maintenance or repairs. Additionally, a Hybrid Ventilation solution solves many of the problems as well because sidewall fans don’t have this same access problem as roof fans. Nor do they require the same amount of maintenance.

The Right Solution for Your Data Center

If exhaust fans are no longer keeping your facility cool enough and you’re looking for an alternative, think of a Hybrid Ventilation System. A Hybrid system, like the Pressure Gravity System® used in many other data centers, has proven to be an effective solution.

This system utilizes a low-profile natural ventilator, like the MatrixVent, paired with intake wall fans. This system allows the cool outside air enter the building and the warm air at the ceiling level to exhaust naturally. The wall fans then force a supply of intake air at ground level to keep the building and the servers cool. This solution eliminates the need for roof exhaust fans while providing greater efficiency.

Natural ventilation for data centers has proven to be beneficial in many ways. This system keeps the building cool throughout the day. It is energy efficient – even during the hottest days of the year. Perhaps most importantly, it will effectively keep the temperature under control at a fraction of the cost of traditional HVAC systems.

Moffitt Corp and Data Centers

At Moffitt Corporation, protecting your data center facility, its contents, and the personnel is important to us. Contact us today to learn more about our data center cooling system, commercial ventilation & natural ventilation solutions, and services.

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