Doing more with less is the key to optimal productivity, and for most companies, that extends to virtually every area of their operations. In the area of electrical thermal management, the options for boosting productivity have traditionally been limited. While there have been options, many of them focused on one or two common electrical cooling methods – air conditioning or air compression. When heat exchangers became a third option, companies finally had a viable way to cool their control panels and other electrical enclosures more efficiently and with significantly less energy.
Approaching thermal management differently
Though air conditioning and air compressing units operate in very different ways, they accomplish very similar things. Both are designed to utilize chilled air to prevent electrical waste heat from forming pockets within electrical enclosures. The methods are effective, but rely on significant amounts of energy to facilitate. The machinery involved with both is also complex, with myriad external parts that can often break down or malfunction. Heat exchangers offer a truly different alternative by taking a different approach to thermal management altogether. Instead of using chilled air, the innovative thermal solutions use an eco-friendly cooling fluid to transfer and dissipate waste heat in a continuous loop.
Heat transfer vs. HVAC energy requirements
The secret to how heat exchangers save on energy lies in their alternative approach of transferring heat instead of chilling it. In more conventional solutions, preventing overheating requires generating chilled air, and then constantly circulating it through enclosures to keep them chilled. In heat exchangers, the cooling fluid absorbs the waste heat, and then transfers it somewhere it can release it without any risk to sensitive electrical components. Instead of needing energy to power the chilling of air and its continued circulation, the heated fluid within a heat exchanger can be transferred through natural means (such as natural/forced convection).
Additional benefits of modern heat exchangers
When companies can spend less on their overall energy needs, they can spend more on direct revenue-generating investments. When they don’t have to constantly interrupt their operations to repair or replace malfunctioning thermal management equipment, they can vastly improve their overall efficiency and productivity. By simplifying electrical thermal management, heat exchangers provide these and many other benefits to the companies that employ them, including the ability to lower their environmental footprints through reduced energy consumption and more. To learn more about how heat exchangers cool electrical enclosures with less energy, call Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX, at 866-936-6736.