For your home, office, or automobile, air conditioning may be a necessity to beat the heat and stay comfortable. Electrical equipment doesn’t operate on the same principles. Circuits and components can overheat if not properly cooled, but the heat is not from the environment; it’s the waste energy that electrical equipment emits as it operates. Instead of relying on large air conditioning units to keep electrical enclosures cool, most organizations have realized the many benefits of switching to ambient heat exchangers. The units are designed to keep temperatures inside of electrical enclosures at just above the ambient temperature outside of them—not chilling the air, but still preventing heat pockets from forming near electrical circuits.
Saving Money, Time, and Maintenance
Most electrical enclosures have a high maximum operating temperature, and hypothetically, could continue to function properly in most natural environments without cooling. Yet, to prevent contaminants from entering and damaging the sensitive electrical boards, they must operate within enclosures, such as cabinets, that also trap electrical waste heat. Air conditioners were once the most popular cabinet cooling option because the temperature can be precisely controlled. However, air conditioners also require excessive amounts of power to keep them running. Also, the complicated units often require frequent maintenance or they break down within a couple of years and need replacement.
By contrast, ambient heat exchangers don’t rely on machinery to chill the air inside of electrical enclosures. Heat exchangers rely on more subtle processes, like natural/forced convection, to redirect waste heat as it is produced, moving it away from electrical equipment immediately to prevent heat pockets from forming. In climates where the ambient temperature is below that of a system’s maximum operating temperature, ambient heat exchangers can provide the most effective and cost-efficient electrical thermal management solution.
Learn More About the Benefits of Ambient Cabinet Cooling
In most industries and applications, ambient heat exchangers are often a highly effective and more efficient alternative to traditional air conditioning equipment. To learn more, call Noren Thermal, Inc. at 866-936-6736. Now located in Taylor, TX, Noren proudly produces all of our products in the United States and delivers them to clients nationwide.