Air Cooled Chillers

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Air cooled chillers are a common type of liquid chiller because they are simple to install, easy to maintain, and typically less expensive than water-cooled chillers and evaporation-cooled chillers. Air coolers eliminate the need for a cooling tower or condenser water pump, so they often take up less space than other types as well. Read More…

Air Cooled Chillers Air cooled chillers use air to absorb heat from a process liquid and transfer it into the atmosphere. Air cooled chillers are one of three major types of liquid chillers, providing a straightforward chilling option used in many industrial applications. The other two types of chiller are water-cooled chillers and evaporation-cooled chillers.

Leading Manufacturers

Houston, TX  |  800-473-9178

Cold Shot Chillers is a designer & industrial chiller manufacturer. Our products include liquid chillers, portable chillers, used chillers, stationary chillers, air-cooled chillers, cooling systems, industrial chillers, & water chillers. Our chillers are of the best quality, offered at low costs with long warranties. We serve plastic processing, food & beverage & metal finishing industries.

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Niles, IL  |  888-764-1428

Since 1969, Thermal Care has been a leading manufacturer of portable and central chillers in air cooled, water cooled, and remote condenser models. As an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer, Thermal Care provides heat transfer equipment for over 50 industries and specializes in meeting the specific needs of our customers by offering both standard and custom designed industrial process cooling solutions. Contact us today for answers to your process cooling needs!

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Thermal Care, Inc. $$$

Kalamazoo, MI  |  800-968-5665

We have manufacturing experiences dating back to 1952 and over the years Glen Dimplex Thermal Solutions has grown in an international provider of high quality chillers. We operate out of an ISO-9001 facility and our teams work hard to bring you the very best chillers. Our teams will even work with you to create a custom chiller. Please give us a call today!

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Glen Dimplex Thermal Solutions $$$

Milpitas, CA  |  855-454-6200

At Chillermen, we do what other chiller manufacturers refuse to do. We are a trusted world-class manufacturer in full OEM production of industrial chillers that exceed customer expectations. Our chillers are equipped to handle fluorinert, refrigerants, and other liquids. We manage both small and mid-range production runs, and offer 3-5 day burn-in testing services. No matter what your application is, our team will find the chiller that works best for you.

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Chillermen, a Fluid Industrial Mfg. Company $$$

Mansfield, MA  |  781-688-2345

Thermonics® specializes in the manufacturing of custom and standard gas and fluid chillers. Our chillers are ISO 9001:2015 certified, feature precise temperature stability and control, and are made for applications that require low-temperature process cooling. Our chillers are used in a broad range of industries including energy, chemical, semiconductor, automotive, aerospace, and defense.

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Thermonics Chillers $$$

Charlotte, NC  |  704-504-4800

Here at Single Temperature Controls Inc., we are one of the largest Global manufacturers of Temperature Control Units and have been in business since 1968. We offer a full product platform to fit most temperature control applications and has advanced technologies to improve process efficiencies. We strive to offer the best customer service in the industry at all times. Please contact us for more information!

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SINGLE Temperature Controls Inc. $$$

Traverse City, MI  |  231-946-2931

OPTI TEMP Inc, manufactures innovative standard & custom chillers and fluid to fluid heat exchangers. These include air and water cooled chillers, heat exchangers, portable, fixed and rack mount solutions, and custom designs. We serve a number of industries including medical, photonics, & semi-conductor. Our company offers experience to design a solution for your process. Opti Temp is certified to ISO 9001:2008 compliant.

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Opti Temp, Inc. $$$
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However, air cooled chillers require more power to operate, typically consuming approximately 10% more power than a water cooled unit. This is because of the need for higher condensing temperatures (120° F to 140° F), combined with the fact that dry surfaces transfer heat less efficiently than wet surfaces.

Large air cooled chillers are usually placed outdoors. Since the heat from the process liquid is transferred into the air, air cooled chillers can be used strategically in systems in which the additional heat they discharge is beneficial. For instance, the hot air produced by air cooled chillers can be directed to help heat facilities during the winter. Air cooled chillers can be used for applications including troughs, tanks, nozzles, mixers, rolls, air coils and radiators, lasers, molds and dies, among others.

Air cooled chillers work by piping a refrigerant through a condenser coil and blowing air through the coil in order to condense the refrigerant and dispel the heat into the atmosphere. The cooled refrigerant can then be sent back through to where the heat is being generated so as to continue its job of cooling.

Air cooled chillers are designed to lower the temperature of any liquid such as water, chemical coolants, oil, brine, alcohol, acids, and other fluids, although water and water mixed with a coolant additive are by far the most common. These coolants can in turn be used to cool various processes or my be used to cool and dehumidify air for air conditioning systems.

Industrial air cooled chillers look like large air conditioning units, and are measured in terms of cooling capacity by tons, ranging from small, portable 1/4 ton units to over 1200 tons. Air cooled chillers vary in their condenser flow rates and evaporator flow rates, both of which are measured in gallons per minute, or gpm.

Other specifications to look at include its power source, cooling capacity, fluid discharge temperature, compressor motor horsepower, and the range of ambient temperatures at which the chiller can operate. All told, air cooled chillers can provide simple and effective solutions for many process cooling needs.

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