Best Cooling Rack: What is it?
The Best Cooling Rack (BCR) is a type of industrial air conditioner which uses fans to circulate coolant through the unit. They are usually mounted on top of or underneath buildings, warehouses, factories and other large structures where they provide cooling for equipment such as computers, servers and other electronic devices.
Cooling Racks come in various sizes and designs. Some are small enough to fit into a closet while others are tall enough to cover an entire room. Most have two or three fans, although some models may feature four or even six fans. They can be powered either from the electrical grid or by solar panels.
Some of the most common types of BCR include those made by Schneider Electric, Honeywell International Inc. and GE Energy Financial Services.
What’s so great about them?
They’re cheap! You can get one for around $1,000. That’s cheaper than a refrigerator! And unlike refrigerators, they don’t need to be replaced every few years like freezers do. If you run out of power, just plug it in and turn it on again!
And what if I want something else?
Well there are plenty of accessories available too. For example, you can get different sizes of fans, ranging from small desk fans to industrial-sized ones that can cool an entire warehouse! Accessories also include things like temperature sensors, controllers, power supplies and even solar panels.
But what about something that can cool a house?
Well you can make something like that too! It’s easy to connect several Best Cooling Racks together. Just get several units, connect them with tubing and use the fans to move the air from one to the next. You’ll be able to cool down an entire warehouse in no time!
Why are they so great?
They’re green! Well okay, that may be pushing it. But they are energy-efficient. By using the fans to blow air through the coolant you don’t need a big power supply like you do with a traditional air conditioner or even a refrigerator! And since they’re self-contained units, you don’t need to waste money on power cables either. Best Cooling Racks are also easy to transport, so they can save you a lot of money on labor!
They’re super customizable! You can get a model with as many fans as you want.
Want one with 4 powerful fans?
You got it!
How about 6 medium-sized fans?
Sure, no problem! You can even get a unit with 2 large fans and 4 small ones, or whatever combination suits your needs! And of course, you can always add on to your rack later, so you can build it up over time.
What are the cons?
They’re fairly expensive. While you can get a Best Cooling Racks for around $1,000, you’ll need to buy the tubing and coolant as well. The cheapest I’ve found is about $20 for a 25 foot coil of tubing. If you need more than 50 feet, then that price jumps up to $40! As for the coolant, you can pick that up for around $40 a gallon. So for a 10-foot long, 2-fan unit you’ll need about 2 gallons, and that will set you back $80! While these prices may not seem high at first glance, they soon add up. A simple 5-fan unit with enough tubing to reach an entire room could cost you well over $400!
You also have to keep the coolant level topped off. This requires you to add more coolant every few days in order to keep the unit running. Otherwise, you’ll burn up your fans and the unit will be useless! So while these things are cheaper than air conditioners and they’re easier to hook up, they still require a lot of maintenance on your part.
Is this something I should invest in?
That’s entirely up to you. They’re great for businesses like warehouses and factories, but they’re a hassle for homes. Personally, I bought a 5-fan unit for my garage because I do a lot of electronics work in there and it gets really hot! Aside from the initial costs, they’re cheap to run and they last practically forever. Just be sure to keep them clean and you’ll have no problems!
Hope this helps!
-Sir Kit the Helpful
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