A Few Considerations for Cooling Control Panels

These days, electrical thermal management can mean a wide variety of things, depending on the company and industry that you’re talking about. However, the most common meaning involves cooling control panels and other types of electrical enclosures, which can often become a significant burden if the right solutions aren’t implemented. Fortunately, many of the considerations that come with cooling control panels are what make heat exchangers such a beneficial solution. They address them all with optimal efficiency and, generally, at a much lower cost to companies than more traditional solutions.

How much cooling is needed?

Besides being costly and using up large amounts of energy, one of the reasons why air conditioning and other thermal management solutions are cumbersome is because they’re designed to much more than is necessary. For example, many control panels and other enclosures operate in climates and temperatures that are well below their maximum operating temperatures. Chilling isn’t necessary to prevent overheating, but traditional solutions still rely on using chilled air to keep control panels cool.

How protective is the cooling unit?

Because of the machinery needed to chill air, air conditioners and compressors are not always as protective as they need to be against environmental and other contaminants. In some cases, the apparatus can even produce condensation that also compromises the electrical system’s operability. By contrast, heat exchangers simply transfer heat, which allows them to offer a much higher level of ingress protection while also producing zero condensation to worry about.

How eco-friendly is the thermal management?

Heat exchangers accomplish their ambient and below-ambient cooling duties by transferring electrical waste heat with the help of an eco-friendly cooling fluid, such as water. Combined with their minimal need for energy, high level of protection, and more, this eco-friendliness makes them a significant benefit to companies that employ them. For more information about what to consider when cooling electrical control panels, call Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX, at 866-936-6736.