Cooling systems are the devices that keep our PCs, laptops and other electronic equipment running. They help remove the heat that the components generate, which helps prevent overheating and can extend the lifespan of your equipment.
In a computer system, cooling systems include fans and heat sinks. These components are installed on or attached to those parts of your computer that produce the most heat.
Cooling systems are essential for preventing overheating of computer components like CPUs and GPUs. This can lead to reduced performance, CPU throttling and even hardware failure.
The most common cooling systems use air or liquid. These techniques work by lowering air temperature with increased air flow or increasing the device’s surface area.
For example, an air cooler circulates cool air through a fan or heat sink that sits on top of your CPU to reduce its internal temperatures. It’s an easy and effective way to lower your temperatures – especially in a limited budget.
Liquid cooling, however, uses water to absorb and remove heat from your CPU. This is a more innovative approach that requires less power and can help your system handle dense compute loads.
Regardless of which solution you choose, you will need to consider your workloads and how much heat your CPU produces. Both solutions offer excellent value and can save you money in the long run, so choose the one that fits your needs.
A water cooling system uses liquid (usually water) to transfer heat from a computer’s components. The thermal energy generated by the CPU and GPU chips is dissipated in the liquid, which is then passed through a radiator before being blown away by a fan.
Depending on the size of your system, you can choose to use one or more water blocks and radiators for maximum cooling efficiency. Some systems also employ Peltier devices, which are thermoelectric devices that cool a microchip by drawing heat away from the hot side of the chip.
Often sold in All-in-One (AIO) configurations, these systems come with everything you need pre-assembled into a single system that’s easy to install and maintain. If you don’t have the space or budget for a custom-built liquid cooling system, you may want to consider buying an AIO.
Internal Combustion Engine Cooling
Internal combustion engines produce high temperatures as they burn fuel, which can damage parts of the engine if not cooled properly. A cooling system helps prevent damage from the heat and gets the engine up to its operating temperature as quickly as possible after starting.
Cooling systems remove about one-third of the waste heat that is produced by an internal combustion engine as it runs. This is needed to keep the engine from overheating and seizing, which could cause serious damage to the components in the engine.
The cooling system includes a radiator, fan, water pump, thermostat, and hoses. There are also freeze plugs that keep the cylinder block and cylinder heads from freezing in cold weather.
Mini Split Systems
Mini split systems are a popular choice among homeowners who want a more energy-efficient way to heat and cool their homes. These ductless systems require no ductwork, which makes them easier to install and more convenient than traditional HVAC systems.
A mini-split system consists of an outdoor compressor/condenser, and a number of indoor air-handling units (evaporators). They can be wall-mounted or suspended from the ceiling.
Each indoor unit is connected to the outdoor compressor by a thin conduit that runs from the wall to the outdoor unit. This means they can be mounted in a variety of places, including under cabinets and bookcases.
They have a higher SEER rating than conventional HVAC systems, which means they use less energy to maintain your desired temperature and save you money over time. Depending on your needs and your budget, we recommend going with a mini-split AC with an EER rating of at least 16.