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Terrible dust problem in server room

By Tink56 ·
My server room is not ideal. It has old carpeting which is glued to a concrete floor and cannot be removed without making a mess. I haven't had success in getting approval to replace it with appropriate flooring.

In addition the room has old vents in the ceiling which circulate who knows what into the room.

I opened up a PC that has been sitting idle on my server rack for a year and it was full of more dust and bunnies than I've ever seen in a PC before. I'm concerned with the machines that are actually running.

I want to propose some type of air filter or air cleaner. Does anyone have any ideas. Suggestions from other peers are the Sharper Image Quadra Air Purifier or the Quietcare HEPA Air Cleaner. Has anyone used these or can you offer any suggestions.

Note that because of the carpet, the room also builds up a lot of static electricity. My vendors have asked not to shake hands with me. Just kidding--but it does get bad sometimes and grounding myself before touching any equipment is an ingrained habit now.

Any war stories to help build my case for flooring and/or air cleaner would be helpful. You can email me directly if you like.

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by TheChas In reply to Terrible dust problem in ...

For an air filter to keep the dust out of the PCs, it would need to be in-line with the ductwork.

Actually, you might need several to do the job.
At least 1 near or in each air duct, and 1 at floor level.

Even then, you have NO guarantee of keeping the dust out of the servers.

I would install large air intake fans on each server with a filter over the air intake.
What you want is a positive air pressure inside the cases. That way, dirty air does not come in through the drive bays, orholes in the case.

What you are going to do next, is build the case for fixing the air ducts and carpeting.
Monitor the air filters once a week, to start.
Keep a log of how often you need to clean / replace the filters.

From there, it depends on how "mission critical" management views the servers.
If management is not concerned if the servers go down, or off-line once a month, it will be a very tough sell unless you need to service the filters daily.

Your room likely became the server room because no one wanted it as an office because of the dust and carpet problems.

As to the static from the carpet, you can purchase topical sprays to make the carpet conductive enough to stop the static charge.
Suppliers include:
All-Spec http://www.allspec.com/
Chemtronics http://www.chemtronics.com/
ESD Systems http://www.esdsystems.com/

Chas

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by dcosgrove In reply to Terrible dust problem in ...

I saw a clever innovation in a hospital once. They were doind a lot of construction and the dust was making it's way through the plenum via the ducts. So they took surgical caps and stretched them over all the vents in the IT dept. Seemed to workwell for the temporary situation they had. You won't need hepa for computers, the extra filtering they do is mostly for humans, germs and bacteria. The carpet is probably your biggest problem, in addition to the static, it creates airborne fibers,exactly the stuff bunnies are made of. Were I you, I would focus on getting that ripped up, better yet would be to install a grounded, raised, panel floor. You can run wiring under them and install it right over the mess you make tearing up the carpet.

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