A Raised Floor creates a concealed cavity above a solid floor to allow conditioned air into the space to cool the equipment while acting as a cable management system for power and/or data.
A raised floor is a type of floor used in data centers and other commercial buildings with a high requirement for storing cables, wiring, electrical supply and occasionally air conditioning or chilled water pipes. Additional foundation structures and under-floor lighting are often needed when a raised floor is elevated enough for an individual to crawl or even walk beneath.
Raised flooring can be installed at varying heights from 2 inches/50mm to heights above 4 feet/1200mm, depending on the devices or systems that may be housed underneath.
Some of the benefits that raised floors provide include:
- A reduction of dust that could obstruct fan vents
- The flexibility to seal cable access points to amplify the cooling system
- Static control measures to avoid electrostatic release
- Efficient, effective circulation of conditioned air to cool the area and its components