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HVAC Cooling Systems for Data Centers

COURSE NO: M05-020
HVAC Cooling Systems for Data Centers
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents a detailed discussion on the key concepts and practices relating to data cooling technology as well as air flow practices that improve conditions for IT equipment and reduce overall HVAC energy consumption.


The basic physics of a data center is that electricity is converted to heat. Equipment in the data center expends power, generating heat, requiring air conditioning and ventilation equipment to keep them cool and running well. If the temperature rises too high, equipment will begin to malfunction or become damaged; as the internal components begin to swell and pull away from each other (or simply burn-up). The cooling system is also required to adjust the humidity of the air and to remove particles. Depending upon the climate at a data center's location, moisture may need to be added or removed. Similarly, the types and amount of particles to be removed from the air are determined by the location and external events.


Data center cooling is a highly specialized area that uses precision cooling equipment that differs from the conventional comfort equipment. The combination of heat and the high sensitivity of electronic components in data center environments demands maximum availability and performance of the cooling equipment. Precision cooling systems have been designed specifically for this purpose.


This 5 PDH online course is applicable to mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, HVAC consultants and engineers, architects, O & M professionals, facility managers, estimators and general audience seeking to gain a better understanding of HVAC cooling systems for data centers. No specific prerequisite training or experience is required.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the data center space planning and utilities requirements based on current and future needs
  • Describing the various cooling options and how to apply them effectively
  • Understanding the fundamentals of heat gain, temperature and humidity requirements, pressurization and filtration, as applicable, to data centers
  • Understanding the difference between comfort versus precision cooling
  • Learning about the raised floor and overhead air distribution schemes for data center cooling
  • Understanding how airflow is managed in the data center to prevent hot air/cool air mixing and the ways to improve this with containment
  • Understanding the environmental implications, design and system pitfalls as well as energy efficiency optimization
  • Identifying the key elements of data center cooling systems including CRAC, DX system, chilled water systems, evaporative condensers, etc.
  • Explaining the implications of equipment placement, installation and decommissioning on cooling and energy efficiency
  • Determining how cooling may be applied in various data center scenarios
  • Learning about HVAC best practices and how they apply to a specific site and how they improve energy efficiency
  • Learning about the benchmark energy efficiency figures for ideal data centers
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "HVAC Cooling Systems for Data Centers".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
HVAC Cooling Systems for Data Centers (2.4 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire course document.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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