Protecting electrical equipment means housing it away from the elements. Doing so, though, that the temperature inside the enclosure will increase which could cause the equipment to fail. Additionally, if workers are also located in the same area as the electrical equipment, they will notice the increase in temperature that's the result of being within proximity to this type of equipment. Venting Electrical Equipment ... Read More
Protecting electrical equipment means housing it away from the elements. Doing so, though, that the temperature inside the enclosure will increase which could cause the equipment to fail. Additionally, if workers are also located in the same area as the electrical equipment, they will notice the increase in temperature that's the result of being within proximity to this type of equipment.
Venting Electrical Equipment Properly
There's no one-size-fits-all approach to proper ventilation for electrical equipment. In some industries, the air inside the enclosure needs to be circulated in such a manner so that the temperature is maintained below a certain level. High velocity fans and standard volume blowers are just two options that can be used to create the airflow that's needed to keep both the electrical equipment cool and the area where it is housed cool.
Fans and blowers not only keep electrical equipment cool, but they also remove warm and stale air to make it more comfortable for workers. Recirculating the air and drawing in fresh air could be the best solution when the health and productivity of employees is also a factor.
Considerations for Choosing a Fan or Blower
During the right environment and used for the ideal applications, explosion proof volume blowers and utility fans are economical and efficient solutions for moderating the ambient temperature within the electrical equipment housing. When deciding which fan or blower is the best choice for your particular application, keep the following in mind:
If there is not an excess of humidity within the housing where the electrical equipment is stored, standard volume blowers and utility fans could be the ideal solution. There also must not be dripping water in the enclosure and it should be protected from the snow, rain, wind and ice.
- Airborne Substances
Ideally, the enclosure where the electrical equipment is housed should be protected so that airborne substances cannot enter. Dust and oil are two of the most common -- and most hazardous -- materials that this type of equipment must be protected from.
These contaminants can damage sensitive electrical equipment if they are able to find their way inside the housing. Fans and blowers, as well as equipment that can vent out air, could be the best solution.
- Ambient Temperature
No matter how powerful the ventilation system is, if the ambient temperature inside the housing is too high, it might not be as efficient as you need it to be. While blowers and fans are both economical and efficient when it comes to reducing moderate ambient temperatures, the addition of a venting system might also be necessary in some cases.
Types of Electrical Equipment
The range of electrical equipment that can benefit from cooling apparatus like blowers and fans is expansive. Some examples include the following:
- computer equipment including servers
- bitcoin equipment
- machine tool equipment
- vending machines
- copy machines
- refrigeration systems
- electronic instruments
- electrical transformers
Protecting your investment in electrical equipment takes careful consideration and a customized approach to your unique situation. Industrial Fans Direct can help create a solution that's tailored to your needs.
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