Effects of low temps on a system
Posted on 2003-12-09
I am moving into a new house soon, and the only place for my rack mount cabinet for my servers, routers, switches, etc. is in a non-temperature-controlled basement. I understand the effects of not bringing a system that has been out in the cold into a warm room and then immediatly powering it on, because the condensation will kill the hard drive, etc.
My question is this....What do you guys think the effects would be on constantly running systems, that are run in a cool/cold environment.
Best guess is that temps could swing from 70 degrees down to 10 degrees or so. I am located in the Kansas City, Missouri, area, so I will be getting pretty cold temps, but with the heater running (in the same room) and dryer, water heater,etc, I think temps won't drop beow freezing. There is no way that I can regulate the temperature to a normal range.
Will I be doing a great disservice to my equipment, or will the fact that the drives will be constantly powered make the point moot? I am not running anything too esoteric, as this is a home setup. My router runs off a floppy disk, and the server is just a 2GB boot drive, and three drives for data storage. No CD Roms are in any of these machines.
Your help is greatly appreciated