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Cooling For Computer Enclosures

Aug 18, 2007
When designing an office or home computer room, there are many aspects involved in the choosing of computer furniture that are important to consider. While its complete functionality simplifies purchasing computer furniture --with computer furniture, the key thing to consider is how a piece will function rather than how it will look-- something that complicates choosing the right furniture is the need to consider all of the elements of what makes a piece function best for you.

One of the most important (and highly functional) pieces of computer furniture you will purchase is a computer enclosure or cabinet. Computer enclosures perform a variety of important functions, and one of the most important of these is cooling. Its a simple fact-- computers dont function in excessive heat any better than humans do. The faster and more powerful computers get, the more heat they give off. Without the proper cooling accessories and technologies, the CPU of a powerful computer is fried after only a few minutes (or even seconds) of use.

To assure that your computer or computers are protected and will not overheat, its a good idea to think about a standard 19" Rackmount computer enclosure/cabinet. These types of computer enclosures come in a variety of sizes and are entirely customizable, depending on your storage, power, and cooling needs. They can be stored under a desk, mounted on a wall, or left free-standing. This type of computer furniture can be used to house all computer and electronic equipment (dual enclosures), or only your data and communication equipment.

No matter what size or style of computer enclosure you choose, its important to make the cooling options applied to your enclosure a high priority. There is a wide variety of cooling options to consider, including individual fans, fan panels, filters, thermostats, and temperature gauges.

Individual Fans and Fan Panels/trays

Individual computer enclosure fans generally come in two sizes: 4.5 inch and 10 inch. Fan panels are generally made up of combinations of 4.5 inch fans. These panels come with anywhere from two to four (or more) cooling fans. Some cooling fan trays come fully accessorized, with grilles, temperature gauges, and fan failure warning systems. Most cooling fans are designed for extra quiet operation.

Filters, Thermostats, and Temperature Gauges

Cooling fan filters are designed to keep your equipment clean and free of dust. They are used in conjunction with cooling fans or cooling fan panels. Computer enclosure temperature gauges and thermostats help you to set the ideal temperature for your computer enclosure, ensuring the safety and function of your computer equipment.

All the elements of a computer room or office are important. From chairs to desks to computer enclosures, every piece of computer furniture you choose should be highly functional and appropriate for your equipment. When choosing a computer enclosure, its key to consider all of a computer enclosures intended functions and choose the best options for your equipment.
About the Author
Kristen Speranza-Diamond is a Vice President at Hergo Ergonomic Support Systems, an original designer and manufacturer of Technical Computer Furniture, Rack Mount Relay Racks, Enclosure and Cabinets, Flat Panel LCD Arms, Mobile Carts and PACS Workstations since 1992.
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