Do to some poor planning on my part (mostly related to hvac stuff), the ceiling height in my equipment room is about 10" lower than I had planned. It's still about 7'4, but it means that things are a bit cramped.
I want the rack up off the floor, so I built a platform for it. This provides some level of protection against minor flooding, but also allows me to dress up things a tad with some baseboard and moulding.
The result, however, is that I only have 2-3 inches of clearance above my MA Slim5 43u rack. Directly above the rack is a 22" x 6" custom vent boot which is connected to an inline Fantech exhaust fan which resides in another portion of the basement. The fan is controlled via a Cool Components thermostat with remote sensor which will sit near the top of the rack.
Some more background: the room is a dedicated equipment room and is 7' x 14'. I did also rough-in for a dedicated mini-split if it becomes required, but I'd rather avoid the expense for the time being.
My plan was to add a side panel to the right to dress it up a tad, but leave everything else open so that I can bring cables in easily via the side. I know this perhaps goes against best practices as suggested from people like Middle Atlantic, but I'm curious to know if anyone else has a similar setup and how they are coping with the heat?
I'll be doing a calculating shortly on the amount of BTU that I think the rack will generate.. that should be telling I was mindful when choosing gear of heat, so I've chosen Class-d amps where appropriate etc, but there will still be a fair bit of gear in the rack.. Control equipment for the automation system, distributed a/v sources, networking gear, a server or two, and then the theater gear.