What to Look for When Choosing a Cabinet Cooling System for Security and Surveillance Equipment
For obvious reasons, security and surveillance equipment is designed to be reliable. However, security systems are only as good as their weakest links, which could be cabinet cooling systems if you are not careful. As heat is generated by cameras, recording devices, communication systems and other electronic equipment, the risk of failure increases if an adequate cooling solution is not in place.
Fortunately, cabinet cooling systems can ensure that your surveillance equipment stays protected, so you and the assets you are monitoring stay secure.
Cabinet Cooling for Security Systems
Electrical enclosure air conditioners come in various shapes and sizes, with several different options. Not all of them are appropriate for every application, so it’s important to choose your cooling system wisely when protecting security equipment. Look for the following features when selecting your new cooling system:
- Outdoor protection – Many security systems are located outdoors to monitor and protect access to a building or assets that are located outside. When this is the case, it is important that the enclosure and its cooling system are able to withstand conditions such as wind, rain, sleet, and snow. Look for a NEMA Type 4 enclosure and air conditioner for outdoor applications.
- Adequate cooling capacity – Work closely with a qualified provider to determine the heat load of the system. If the cabinet is located outdoors, don’t forget to account for solar heat gain on high-temperature days.
- Enclosure security – Look for a security filter cover to protect your enclosure air conditioner from tampering and to ensure that the components inside are inaccessible to unauthorized personnel.
- Remote access – For a security and surveillance system, you want the ability to monitor your cooling system remotely and to ensure that others cannot access the controls. Ask your provider to locate the controls inside the cabinet and add an alarm and control web server that permits off-site monitoring.
Don’t let your cabinet cooling solution be the weak link in your security system. Select an air conditioner that can handle the ambient conditions where your equipment is located, make sure it has the necessary capacity to provide adequate cooling, and prevent others from accessing the cabinet with built-in security features.
Thermal Edge is here to help you with all types of cabinet cooling systems, including for security and surveillance applications. Our trained staff will help you determine the right NEMA type, the correct cooling capacity, and all the extra features you need to keep your valuable equipment running smoothly. Contact us today to learn more.