I’m going to let the cat out of the bag right now and tell you that a Cabinet Cooler System with Thermostat Control costs more to purchase than one without. So yes, by passing on the Thermostat Control, you WILL save money on the purchase. But that may be your ONLY realization of any money saved. Let’s consider:
Recently, a customer submitted a Cabinet Cooler Sizing Guide – our simple guide for gathering key pieces of information about the state of customer’s enclosures. An EXAIR Application Engineer can quickly & accurately calculate the actual heat load of an electrical enclosure, and specify the appropriate Cabinet Cooler System, when given the information.
I calculated the total heat load of their enclosure to be 2,200 Btu/hr, so I specified a Model 4340 NEMA 12 Cabinet Cooler System rated for 2,800 Btu/hr, with Thermostat Control. At this point, we’re occasionally asked about the down-side of not using a Thermostat.
The calculated heat load of 2,200 Btu/hr is 78.5% of the Model 4340’s 2,800 Btu/hr cooling capacity. That means, theoretically, the Thermostat Control will turn off the compressed air supply 21.5% of the time:
|40 SCF||x||60 min||x||8 hr||x||5 days||x||52 weeks||x||21.50%||=||1,073,280 SCF|
At EXAIR, we know, first hand, the benefit of saving a million Standard Cubic Feet of compressed air. We use a general thumbrule which holds that 1,000 SCF of compressed air costs $0.25 to generate. So here it is, in dollars and cents:
|1,073,280 SCF||x||$0.25||=||$268.32 annual savings|
In this example, the Thermostat Control will pay for itself within the first year.
Summer is approaching in the Northern Hemisphere. If you’d like to find out more about how EXAIR Cabinet Cooler Systems can protect your electrical and electronic components from heat damage, give me a call.