Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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The basement does not get hot to begin with (Massachusetts) and it is all below grade. I haven't though much about cooling the HT room.
We installed a radiant heater that connects to the first floor zone which seems to provide just enough heat to use the space. Average temp is around 65 - 68 in the summer months
In addition, the walls will be finished with R-13 fiberglass and the ceiling will have R-19
In regards to the rack itself, I'm considering an intake fan on the bottom front rack with the exhaust fan on the top rear of the unit. Since the front of the rack is the only part to be exposed and the sides, top, and back hidden behind a partition wall another option would be to leave the top of the rack exposed and let the heat naturally disperse. There's also plenty of space to add rackmount fans in between components to increase air flow.
I would be challenging to exhaust straight out, because that would mean drilling through the concrete above grade and running the exhaust out and the last thing I need is another hole in my house if I can avoid it