Data center managers who are serious about maximizing their cooling efficiency know that using blanking panels in unused rack spaces is critical for aisle containment. An overlooked final step in efficiency is sealing the space under server cabinets. Data centers that incorporate hot and cold aisle containment have pressure differentials between the aisles. This pressure can cause the gap below server cabinets, which is often 2” or more, to become an air stream between hot and cold aisles. The resulting mix of air reduces the effectiveness of a containment solution.
The Cool Shield Magnetic Cabinet Skirt provides an easy fix for this issue. These lightweight strips install in seconds and are scored to allow them to easily adjust to cover gaps from 1” to 3.5”. Placing them at the floor level across the front or back of the cabinets and along the sides of row ends will prevent air mixing below the cabinets. Studies have shown this simple application can impact aisle temperatures by 5 to 8 degrees and thousands of dollars in energy savings.