Ambient cooling is a natural way of keeping temperatures low, but for electrical thermal management, it wasn’t always a viable option. The most efficient way to achieve ambient cooling was to leave electrical components out in the open, which only leaves them exposed to moisture, contaminants, and other harmful environmental influences. However, with the advent of modern heat exchangers, ambient cooling has become highly efficient and effective at helping to keep even high-performance technologies cooled and functioning properly. Today, companies in nearly every industry now benefit from the many different advantages that ambient heat exchangers provide.
What ambient cooling means
Ambient cooling is the process of keeping the temperature inside of an electrical enclosure at just above the ambient temperature outside of the enclosure. Rather than opening the enclosure for outside air to flow through, heat exchangers achieve this by constantly transferring the waste heat that electrical components generate. Keep the waste heat constantly flowing away from the heat source is a much more efficient process than traditional solutions, such as air conditioning, that rely on chilled air to provide below-ambient cooling. Since most applications have maximum operating temperatures that are well above the ambient temperatures outside of their enclosures, ambient heat exchangers are often the preferred solution.
The efficiency of transferring heat
Compared to chilling air, transferring heat is a simpler process, and therefore, a more reliable and easily manageable form of electrical thermal management. For example, HVAC equipment requires complicated machinery and parts, and chemicals like Freon that could prove harmful to the environment. By contrast, heat exchangers only require an eco-friendly cooling fluid (like water) and an appropriate apparatus for the fluid to flow through, absorb waste heat, and dissipate it. This improves the efficiency of a company’s electrical thermal management in several ways, including drastically reducing energy usage and the amount of time needed for maintenance and repairs.
The benefits of ambient heat exchangers
Simplifying electrical thermal management with ambient heat exchangers gives companies freedom to do more with their technologies while keeping their overhead costs low. For example, having a reliable source of electrical thermal management means vital equipment and process-heavy systems are less likely to malfunction or break down due to malfunctioning cooling apparatus. Companies that have previously relied on air conditioners for their thermal management needs can almost immediately benefit from the lower amounts of energy needed to constantly power heat exchangers.
For more information about the many advantages of ambient heat exchangers, call Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX, at 866-936-6736.