An In-Depth Guide to Cabinet Coolers: Frequently Asked Questions

Cabinet coolers are an ideal way to cool enclosures, electronic panels and cabinets. They are effective and low maintenance and work to keep these spaces them clean and isolated from the surrounding environment. They are in wide use throughout the military and you can find them in many industries including oil & gas, machine tool, food, power plant, automotive industry and steel mills. They have been proven to be an effective way to solve thermal management issues in electronic cabinets.

That’s important because sensitive electronic equipment is increasingly being placed in increasingly smaller enclosures. That is a recipe for problems like overheating which can damage equipment and cause negative ripple effects down the line. Cabinet coolers are an excellent solution to these types of problems. They cool and recirculate clean air inside any cabinet and at the same time protect the seal against contaminants like dust, oil, and dirt.

How do cabinet coolers work?

Cabinet coolers maintain a clean environment and consistent temperatures in electronic control panel cabinets and ensure that the filtered air that enters electronic control panel cabinets is up to 45°F colder than the compressed air supply. They do that through a relief valve built into the cabinet panel cooler that eliminates hot air from the cabinet even as the cooler simultaneously supplies clean, cold air to keep the systems working. There is a formula that you can use to determine the size requirements of a cabinet cooler. Cabinet coolers use compressed air technology to save power and their quiet operation and no moving parts makes them perfect to almost any type of commercial, retail or industrial operation.

How big a cabinet cooler do you need?

Figuring out how big a cabinet cooler you need is done through a number of steps including determining the watts of heat generated inside the enclosure, measuring the area in square feet that is exposed to the air, and then determining the temperature difference between the desired internal temperature and the maximum expected external temperature. Finally, you determine the external heat load and add them together to get the total heat load of refrigeration required to maintain desired temperature. Then, just choose the correct cabinet cooler for your purposes.

What are the benefits of cabinet coolers?

Cabinet coolers are made from a high grade stainless steel that is designed to operate effectively for a very long time under the most strenuous conditions. They are also built to be corrosion proof and to provide the best possible cold temperature drop. Cabinet coolers are easy to install, easy to maintain and can be mounted on all enclosure types and customized to meet any particular company or specification. They are capable of stabilizing humidity that can lead to operational problems in a cabinet and are manufactured and tested to withstand all kinds of adverse work settings. You can get optional accessories for cabinet coolers that add to their efficiency that include thermostats, closed solenoids and cold air distribution kits

Who uses cabinet coolers?

As noted above, the military are big uses of cabinet coolers. But they are also in use in a range of industries and commercial applications ranging from cooling electronic controls to machine shops to the automotive industry. You will find cabinet coolers in operations that collect gas samples, working with hot meals or heat seals, cooling electronic component, and in environmental chambers. They are also hard at work cooling down operations in the fabrication and metalworking industry, the telecommunication industry, chemical processing plants and the food and beverage sector.