Make no bones about it: in this day and age, there's no excuse for premature equipment failure or needlessly inefficient operation in enclosure design. There are many factors that contribute to problems within the internal workings of an enclosure, yet despite the drive to decrease costs and streamline designs, there's something to be said for an active cooling system that's incorporated into your initial design processes.

Improves Equipment Safety 

By maintaining a consistent operating temperature range within your enclosure, you can guarantee safe operation in normal conditions.

Without proper dissipation of heat, it can create insulation damage and component failure even before complete system failure occurs. Without proper insulation, heat may transfer to unexpected areas of the enclosure and pose a safety risk for employees. 

Maintains Peak Efficiency

By keeping temperatures within acceptable operating ranges, electrical components that are rated for efficiency will continue to operate without incident (barring other factors). As temperatures rise beyond acceptable limits, the efficiency of the internal components suffers dramatically in proportion to the rise in temperature. This means components will more quickly wear out and decrease in efficiency as well as consume more energy.

Increases Lifespan of Internal Components

The reality of electrical components in commercial or industrial applications is that things will break down and wear out. Whether it's planned or spontaneous, components should be on-hand and ready to be replaced in order to maintain operational flow. That being said, the more consistent and predictable the internal temperature in your enclosures and electrical panels, the more reliable the replacement intervals will be. 

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