NPS Hot and Cold Aisle Containment Solution

As data center technology advances and the business expands, effective ventilation and energy management methods are more vital than ever. Uncontrolled hotspots and excessive mixing of hot and cold air in your networking environment could result in increased energy expenses or, worse, catastrophic device failure. Your solution is NPS hot and cold aisle containment systems. They separate the cold air delivered to your equipment from the hot exhaust air from your equipment, allowing data center air conditioning units to operate more efficiently. Reduce your energy consumption and obtain a piece of mind knowing that your equipment is consistently working at the proper temperature.

Hot Aisle Containment

The “hot aisle” is encased in hot aisle containment systems (HAC), and cold air is delivered from outside the enclosure. Hot exhaust air is either channeled to an in-row cooling unit (IRC) return or permitted to flow upward from within the enclosure into the air conditioning return and away from the equipment via physical barriers and specialized ducts. 

Working environment for data center operators or technicians should be considered while deciding between HAC and CAC systems. The region outside the cage is known as the “cold aisle” in HAC, and it is where personnel may most frequently travel. When working on the power inputs of the equipment, people may be restricted from working in the hot aisle enclosed area. Furthermore, this option may necessitate more bespoke duct work and may be slightly more expensive than CAC systems. HAC, on the other hand, is thought to be more efficient because it allows for greater return air set temperatures for the air conditioning system.

Cold Aisle Containment

The “cold aisle” is encased in cold aisle containment systems (CAC), and cold air is delivered from within the enclosure. The enclosure’s heated exhaust air is discharged into the surrounding environment. One significant advantage of this technology is that it is frequently easier to retrofit into existing data centers, particularly those with elevated floors. Because the exhaust air is provided outside of the enclosure and not returned directly to the AC unit, less custom duct work is required. However, because the area outside the enclosure can get hot rapidly, data center managers should normally adjust the supply air to a temperature that is colder than intended for efficient operation.