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onlinesteve614
When I worked on mainframes, all the datacenters had huge airconditioning units to keep the temperature down for the computers. Does this make any difference for a PC computer lab?
Fire Boar
Not really. There are two main differences between your standard PC lab and a bunch of servers: load and density. Servers have a very substantial load (otherwise having lots of them is just a waste of space and electricity). This load makes them get very hot, and therefore require better cooling. Also, a PC lab usually consists of less than one PC per 12mē of floor space. Server rooms have far more machines bunched together, most of them without any extras (monitors, keyboards, mouse etc). Just like how penguins get warmer when they huddle together, the same is true for computers.

That said, you should definitely have some kind of room cooling, depending on how hot it gets in the summer where you are, even if it's just a simple ventilation fan. If nothing else, it has to be a comfortable environment in which humans can work.
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