Your CEO might not believe this, but cooling a server room is important. Your servers and hardware aren’t impervious to heat, and if you can’t change the room you keep that hardware in, you might be in for some heat-related trouble.

Per, “for every 18º F above 70º F, electronics reliability is reduced by 50%.”

If your server room is hotter than a summer day on planet Mercury, then try these 4 easy tricks to cool a server room! We even include a humorous bonus video at the bottom about server room cooling, so read on!

1st Trick For Cooling A Server Room: Install a Portable Air Conditioner

Installing a portable air conditioner into your server room can be a good way to keep it cool. But if you can’t afford it or don’t see the value in dropping a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, you can always make your own air conditioner:

Here are a few tips regarding this DIY air conditioner: When filling the air conditioner with ice and water, the room might get humid. Keep an eye on the humidity levels. If you don’t monitor and control the humidity, you could create static electricity problems or cause condensation on the equipment. To limit humidity, use really cold bottles of water instead of tons of ice/water.

This means a bit more manual work, but it should work well.

This DIY air conditioner is cheap and easy to make. It will help you cool down your server room or data center quickly. There are other versions out there as well, so look for other videos on YouTube if you don’t like that one.

2nd Trick For Cooling A Server Room: Ceiling Hacks

If I remember high school science correctly, heat rises. Try removing a few ceiling tiles, which will lift the heat beyond the top of your server racks.

If you don’t have ceiling tiles or you determine this is a fire code violation where you work, add a vent above your doorway.

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Just make sure that if your server room is cooler than the room outside the door to close the vent to keep the cool air in.

3rd Trick for Cooling A Server Room: Use Blanking Panels

Blanking panels are installed where you don’t have servers in your rack. Without blanking panels, cooler air will travel into the space where the server isn’t rather than to the top of your server rack.

The top of your server rack will experience problems first (remember, heat rises!), so by placing the blanking panels in the rack, the cool air will travel up to the top of the rack, rather than into the rack and behind it — which is where all the hot air resides.

4th Trick for Server Room Cooling: Move Servers to the Cloud

Less servers means less power consumption, and therefore less heat. A cloud file server can go a long way to aiding with your server room cooling. Worried about the lack of a file server in your office? Many startups go with a LAN-less environment, and use an all-in-one file management solution like SmartFile for global access to files in the cloud.

The best part, you can try SmartFile for free for 14 days, no credit card required. Try it free and see how much it helps with regards to server room cooling in your office!


These 4 tips will help server room cooling, though they aren’t the most ideal solutions. Consider getting your server room or data center its own separate air conditioning or cooling system.

Also, on top of these 4 tricks, considering installing heat and humidity monitors in the server room. This will help you identify if you have an issue developing.

If you’re having problems funding your project to keep your server room cool, remind your CEO how much business you lost the last time your hardware went down.

By the way, it’s also worth pointing out a contrary point, as Google continues to raise the temperatures of their server room, showing that some servers are tough enough for the heat. Just remember that Google is a tech giant, and if your server room or data center is small or doesn’t use the latest technology, you might not be as successful with a hot server room.

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If you feel like none of this is helping keep your server room cool, you could always try yelling at your servers. I mean, it helped with latency issues right?

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I'm the Digital Marketing Manager for SmartFile who loves content, email marketing and web analytics. As a child, I built awesome websites with animated starry night backgrounds and multi-colored font headers on AngelFire and GeoCities.

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