How to handle excess heat from electronics properly
I’m not sure if this is the right category for this and it’s probably going to be a bit long winded, but I want to give as much detail as I can:
I recently bought my first house. Being an IT nerd myself, I like to run a fair bit of electronics at home. My home network is more akin to a small business. With energy costs being what they are right now, I’ve become more conscientious when it comes to power, and reduced or upgraded to more power efficient hardware wherever possible, but with electronics inevitably comes heat.
I’ve made my office in one of the spare bedrooms. All of the network and small server equipment is in a closet in that room at the moment, and the room typically sits about 10 degrees hotter than the rest of the house, if not more. At the moment it is 79 degrees Fahrenheit in the office and 68 on the first floor of the house at the thermostat. This is, as you might assume, a bit of a problem since 80 isn’t exactly comfortable and I spend about 75% of my waking hours in this office.
The house is brand new. Just completed in May 2022, just North East of Denver, CO. Right now I have an Ecobee Smart Thermostat (newest model), which is installed in the kitchen on the first floor, and one of the smart sensors it came with in my office. The sensor relays temp back to the thermostat which then tries to cool down the office, at the expense of making the first floor so cold that I could have penguins as pets.
The room this closet is attached to does not have a return vent at the moment. Just a vent above the door to the hallway, where the return is located for this end of the house. My thought is to add a 12″ return vent in the closet where the equipment is and using an inline fan like the AC Infinity Cloudline to draw the air out and feed it back into the system but I’m wondering if that would be harmful, beneficial, or not do anything at all.
;tldr: I have a computer addiction, and they make too much heat. What can I do with the heat?
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