From time to time, small and medium size businesses cannot afford to pay the cost of any of these systems and elect to deal with the excess heat caused by equipment and risk failure. We do not recommend this practice. However, we have installed exhaust fans that pull heat out of a room and give a small amount of relief to the equipment. Typically a grill will be cut into the room’s door to provide make-up air. The electricity for the fan and the additional cooling result in a monthly charge of $30.00 to the tenant (subject to change). Again, this is undesirable as it places an additional burden on the building systems
Supplemental Air Conditioning Design
The term “supplemental” air conditioning is often misunderstood. Bishop Ranch’s standard construction calls for certain offices to have dedicated HVAC zones. A server room should never have a dedicated zone, or house a thermostat for a shared zone. If a thermostat was installed inside the room, the excess heat would constantly call for cooling and run the zone at max volume at all times, which it is not designed to do.
The standard design is to have server rooms share a zone with other space and place the thermostat in the adjacent area. This way the zone will run at a standard air volume and the tenant will receive fresh outside air in their server room. If the room is still too hot, supplemental cooling must be installed via one of the methods described above.
If a tenant is occupying space that is improved from shell for their use, they may choose at their option to have no house air in their server room. This is subject to verification by the engineers, but the requirement for outside air delivery that is accomplished by the house system is sometimes not required in a server room given the lack of occupants