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Comment Concept is flawed (Score 0) 472

The idea of operating data centers at much higher temperatures for the sake of saving energy is flawed. The cooling load due to watts dissipated in the form of heat is constant no matter what the room temperature is. The heat gains through the building envelope are extremely small compared to the heat off the equipment and lights, and any small savings from a higher room temperature could be instantly wiped out by any equipment failure.

Don't do it. Just because manufacturers spec their equipment as being able to operate at up to 40 C (and can go higher than that) doesn't mean you should do it. And don't forget the people who have to work there.

Bottom line, it's a dumb idea.

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