How Energy-Efficient Climate Control Can Help Protect Your Electrical Components Year Round

August 4, 2022

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Rittal’s 4 Seasons Energy-Efficient Climate Control

Fluctuating temperatures can drastically impact your electronics—especially here in Canada with our vastly different seasons. Cooling units are becoming a summertime necessity, while temperature regulation is paramount in winter months to mitigate the harmful effects of frost and condensation on your electronics. Throughout every season, energy efficiency is becoming a sought-out feature in any electronic to cut back on costs and mitigate harmful effects on the environment.

For energy efficient climate control solutions, consider Rittal’s 4 Season Climate Control. As one of the top choices for industrial enclosures, Rittal offers innovative, efficient, and flexible system solutions to help you navigate every season. Read on to learn how.

Summer Air Conditioners and Chillers:

Despite a cooler start to this year’s summer, Canadian summer temperatures are projected to rise from here on out. And as we know from BC’s heat dome last year, air conditioning will be a residential and commercial necessity for the long-term.

However, greater demand can lead to higher costs, shorter supply, and further detrimental effects on the environment—one study found that a standard air conditioning unit contributes to the climate crisis by XYZ percent.

Enter Rittal’s Summer Heat Solutions. Rittal’s Blue e+ cooling units use 55% less refrigerant, which offers you up to 75% energy savings and can help reduce our collective eco-footprint to boot. Because Rittal removed the HGBP control, the compressor doesn’t constantly run. Instead, Rittal uses DC Inverter Technology with cooling power to automatically adapt to the amount of power necessary to run your device, resulting in energy efficiency and savings.

And when it comes to durability, these units are built to last. Rittal’s Blue e, Wall-Mounted, UL Listed, Type 3R/4 air conditioners are excellent for indoor or outdoor enclosures where water might otherwise be an issue and can withstand frequent washdowns and powerful cleaning agents.

As for structure and build, with updated microchannel heat exchangers made from 100% aluminum, galvanic corrosion is no longer an issue. Operational efficiency has increased with improved integrated flow sensors, overflow valve, and electronic fill level monitoring. Mounting units are easy, handles on the side panels and eyebolts can be installed on top of units for easy transport.

Quick facts about Rittal’s Summer Heat Solutions: 

  • Significant energy savings, Blue e+ features (smartphone interface)
  • One standard model, one range of spare parts 
  • Easy, rapid assembly 
  • Maintenance-friendly, tool-less filter mat replacement 
  • Approvals and certifications
  • Easier to Calculate, determine your energy savings with the efficiency calculator (TCO Calculation)
  • Get information quick, fast device analysis with RiDiag software via the USB interface

For more details on Rittal’s Summer Heat Solutions, download the quick reference guide

Autumn Heat Exchangers:

Following summer’s heat, autumn’s cooler and wetter temperatures require a different type of climate control—namely, heat exchangers. Heat exchangers are designed to transfer heat between two or more fluids. In this case, Rittal offers both air-to-water or air-to-air heat exchangers.

The durability and reliability of Rittal’s air-to-air and air-to-water heat exchangers allow for deployment in harsh indoor or outdoor environments—a must-have for Canadian seasons. Engineered for various mounting options, Rittal’s heat exchangers are fully wired with digital temperature control and display for precision in both cooling output and overall performance within a climate system. 

Rittal’s Air-to-Water Heat Exchanger highlights:

  • Controllers can track temperature control, leak detection, fault signal contact
  • Closed loop design protects against outside contaminants
  • Can be mounted on enclosure wall or roof
  • Corrosion resistant, as air/water heat exchangers are available with stainless steel water-carrying parts

Rittal’s Air-to-Air Heat Exchanger highlights:

  • Two separate air circuits prevent dust and pollutants in ambient air from entering an enclosure interior
  • Mounts to enclosures’ exterior wall

Quick facts about both Heat Exchangers:

  • Up to 30% slimmer wall-mounted units reduce space requirements
  • From 300 to 5000 watts useful cooling capacity
  • Filters available for a variety of installation environments
  • Digital controls for thermostats
  • Fast installation thanks to identical mounting cut-outs for cooling units, air/air heat exchangers and air/water heat exchangers

For more information about Rittal’s Heat Exchangers, browse their quick spec sheet here.

Winter Heaters:

These cold outdoor environments pose risks to both indoor and outdoor enclosed areas due to the formation of frost or condensation—both of which can cause damage to electronics and risk harm to the people around them.

To weather the winter months, targeted enclosure heating with appropriate thermal output and efficient energy consumption are essential to help ensure that your industrial enclosures—and electronics—last for the long term. Targeted enclosure heating is particularly important in harsh, freezing outdoor environments like those in Canada. 

You can help prevent these risks by installing a heating system, such as Rittal’s enclosure heaters. Along with modular design, Rittal’s heating solutions combine innovation and scalability to regulate relative humidity, prevent temperatures from dropping below optimal dewpoints, and help eliminate corrosion and other electrical failures from condensation buildup. To learn more about how Rittal’s enclosure heaters can help you and your clients during colder winter months, access their brochure here.

Spring Fans:

As temperatures begin to rise following the winter months, warmer temperatures start to melt away frost and ice, giving way to more condensation and greater risks to your electronics. To best protect the electronics within an enclosure, whether indoor or outdoor, it’s best to regulate heat, mitigate excess condensation, and keep the temperature within reasonable levels. This will not only help protect your electronics in the short-term, but prolong the lifespan of them too.

One way to do so is through filter fan cooling units. The filter fan has long been the traditional front line defender keeping heat at bay, especially during spring months. Rittal’s filter fans are top-notch roof-mounted fans, such as NEMA 12 out of the box, and NEMA 3R/4/4X with the rain hood.  These allow system engineers to monitor cooling outputs and direct cooling to the right place at the right time. To learn more about how Rittal can help you and your unique industrial space, read about Rittal’s TopTherm Filter Fan Brochure here

No matter the season, Rittal’s 4 Season Climate Control can support you, your teams, and your customers in a variety of applications. Whether you hope to protect your electronics from -40 windchill or cool down your industrial space during a heat wave, Rittal’s 4 Season Climate Control solutions offer support for when you need it most.

Need Help? Talk to one of our experts!

If you have questions about Rittal’s 4 Seasons Climate Control solutions, our friendly, knowledgeable experts are here. Contact us today by calling 1.888.467.7626 or submitting your questions here. We’re happy to help!