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Ventilation grill for IT equipment  - cooling in a cupboard - any suggestions?

Posted on 2011-10-27
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12

Maybe a silly question but looking for some input. We have a client site which has a VC system housed in a cupboard. Although some air vents were drilled in the back, these do not provide adequate ventilation as the unit is pushed against a wall. We therefore need put some ventilation into the side of the unit.

Note the furniture is attractive so aesthetics is a consideration, but my main question is will a simple grill be adequate? This is just a small cupboard with effectively a PC (a codec using for a Video conference system)

Should I be looking at something different and if so does anyone have any suggestions?
Question by:afflik1923
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dbrunton earned 664 total points
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>>  Although some air vents were drilled in the back

How does air get into the cupboard?  You'll need flow of some type through the system.  And how does air get into the computer.

Ideally you'll want air external to the cupboard to get easily into the computer system and easily exit system and cupboard.  And airflow around the system.  If you can about an inch either side of the system.


Hmm.  Re-reading the question doesn't quite clarify which you are drilling holes into, the computer system or the cupboard.

If you are talking about drilling the cupboard, look for a hole low down, close to where the system has it's air intake.
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jamietoner earned 664 total points
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I would make a couple more holes preferably a couple 140mm intake and the same for exhaust(match these to the intake and exhaust of the system in the cupboard) and add 4 ac powered 140mm fans and to cover the holes for aesthetics use fan filters.
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Are there options to have the system power off/on again at scheduled times?  Either a BIOS-type timer, or even a mains timer plug?  Might stop the heat in the first place...

Or, have the system enter Sleep Mode?
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JohnnyCanuck earned 672 total points
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Here's a kit/system that will do what you want.

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the best cooling is obtained if an airflow is created; usually top = air out, bottom is air in
you can install a fan to have an increased flow

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will come back to this very soon and upate what direction we go in,
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