Climate Control for Enclosures
Telecommunications equipment can be sensitive to extreme temperatures. Protecting this equipment means managing air flow, temperature, and cooling technology. In fact, climate control for enclosures is key to the survivability of the electronics residing there. Whether you’re keeping your electronic systems and components cool in the summer or warm in the winter, outfitting your outdoor enclosure with the appropriate heating and cooling features will help protect your investment.
The Importance of Climate Control for Enclosures
Climate-controlled outdoor equipment cabinets play an important role in insuring reliable and quality communications links. Telecommunication equipment is very susceptible to high temperatures and high humidity. Overheating and condensation could shorten the life expectancies of your investment and cause major failures. For proper functioning, these electronics require an environment that is controlled for heat and humidity. Climate control for enclosures combats overheating and provides freezing protection, even in the harshest environments.
Benefits of Heating and Cooling Your Enclosure
When you control the internal climate of your metal enclosures, you benefit from the following:
- Less dust and dirt get into climate-controlled enclosures compared with basic enclosures
- Extra protection from flooding and water exposure caused by humidity, rain, and melted snow
- Assurance that your electronics will be properly protected from overheating and freezing
- Minimal worry about pests, temperature damage, or corrosion
- Cost to properly store telecommunications equipment can be less than the cost to replace it
Climate Control Options
Climate control for enclosures often begins with insulation. At American Products, we recommend all enclosures with climate control be outfitted with insulation. Using insulation helps to control how much heat is allowed in and out of your enclosure. This makes your heater or air conditioner more efficient. Plus, it helps control humidity levels and moisture.
When designing your enclosure, you can choose from a variety of heating and cooling options, including natural convection, fans, air-to-air heat exchangers, air-to-water heat exchangers, and air conditioners. Each of these technologies offers its own unique style, advantages, and customization options.
Heaters stabilize the enclosure’s internal temperature compared with the outside environment’s temperature; thus, they either avoid condensation or achieve minimum temperatures for equipment. Heaters can be critical for protecting sensitive electronics, like fiber optics, from frost. Our heaters have built-in adjustable thermostats. We also have a Battery Heater Pad option that fits nicely on a battery tray.
Exhaust Fan and Filters
Exhaust fans dissipate heat from the enclosure and distribute heat evenly, avoiding condensation. This setup is typical in situations where there are no aggressive environmental conditions and no excessive dust in outdoor air. Our exhaust fans come with an adjustable thermostat and filters if requested.
Heat exchangers either dissipate heat from enclosures or cool enclosures to below outdoor temperatures. Thanks to two separate air circuits, no outdoor air is able to enter the enclosure. These units may be used in an environment contaminated with dust and aggressive conditions. Our exchangers come in a variety of sizes. Please contact us for more information.
Enclosure Air Conditioning and Cooling Units
Cooling units dissipate heat and cool enclosures to below the outdoor temperature. In this case, the ambient air is separated from the enclosure’s internal air. Some of our air conditioning units even come with a built-in heater, corrosion protection, and a cold-start heater.
At American Products, all of our enclosures meet NEMA standards and are made right here in the United States. If you’re looking for a climate-controlled, metal enclosure, we can help. Look through our catalog of products to learn more about your heating and cooling options, or contact us with questions. No matter what your design requirements are, we can help you develop the perfect indoor or outdoor product for your application.