Cabinet Cooling: How Heat Exchangers Compare to Air Conditioning

Electrical cooling has been an important thermal management goal for companies for as long as they’ve relied on technology for some or most of their processes. Of the many different forms that electrical cooling can take on these days, the process of cooling electrical enclosures, cabinets, control panels, and more is one of the most important. Fortunately, companies have a wide range of options these days when it comes to choosing the optimal cabinet cooling solution for their needs. Instead of relying on traditional solutions like air conditioners, increasingly more companies are choosing to streamline electrical cabinet cooling with the help of modern heat exchangers.

The importance of cabinet cooling

Most forms of technology rely on electricity, which means the components within the technology’s enclosures will generate waste heat as they operate. To maintain the integrity of the components within the electrical cabinet or other enclosure, companies need reliable cooling solutions that can match the system’s rate of waste heat generation. This used to be the sole realm of air conditioning and air compressing units, which combat waste heat by generating cold air and circulating it throughout the interior of the electrical cabinet. Such solutions weren’t always the most efficient, but they’ve always been necessary thanks to the importance of maintaining consistent electrical cabinet cooling.

Common thermal management goals

The main point of cooling electrical cabinets is to prevent waste heat from forming pockets within the enclosure and damaging the sensitive components inside of it. To that end, most traditional cooling solutions proved largely effective. Yet, keeping them running continuously to match most companies’ operations also proved costly and time-consuming. Air conditioners and air compressors require large amounts of energy, which is becoming increasingly more expensive, and their complicated mechanical parts are prone to breaking or wearing down and requiring unscheduled repairs. Heat exchangers, however, are able to achieve the consistent cabinet cooling results companies need without the cumbersome requirements that more traditional solutions come with.

The difference heat exchangers make

As the need for efficient electrical cooling has grown more prominent, so have the advantages of using modern heat exchangers to fulfill that need. Companies have enjoyed significant advantages by upgrading their electrical cabinet cooling systems to appropriate types of heat exchangers, saving tons on energy consumption and maintenance requirements. These advantages are largely due to the way in which heat exchangers cool electrical cabinets. Instead of using compressed or conditioned air to fight the waste heat, heat exchangers use eco-friendly cooling fluid to absorb and transfer it, creating a self-contained heat transfer loop that’s as efficient as it is effective at electrical cooling.

To learn more about using heat exchangers to cool electrical cabinets instead of air conditioners, call Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX, at 866-936-6736.