What is a CRAC Unit?
Air conditioning for computer rooms can be used as a supplemental cooling method, but will not work effectively on its own. They are primarily placed in server rooms or data storage facilities with many servers that produce huge amounts of heat.
A CRAC unit’s main function is to cool the air that passes through it, but also to remove humidity from an intake source such as an AC unit, or a ventilation system. Their cooling capacity has increased over time with advancements in technology and more companies are beginning to use them due to their energy-efficient capabilities.
Where Should I Install My CRAC unit?
The location of the CRAC unit is important for several reasons. When considering where to place your unit, you will want to consider the following:
- How much space is available?
- What is the computer capacity?
- Is there a requirement for multiple CRAC units if it becomes necessary in the future to upgrade or add on to your configuration?
- Will my unit be noticed by the users?
It is also important to consider any other machinery that may run close to the CRAC unit. Having a CRAC unit near other machinery or equipment will help to reduce the overall noise as well as allow for more efficient operation.