Planning for a home theater is such an exciting prospect. There are so many details to consider, like what speakers you want to include and how you’re going to arrange your beloved movie posters along the wall. One detail that you do not want to overlook is home theater cabinet cooling. Here are a few things to consider before you decide on a specific set of cabinets.

Cabinet Size and Shape

The design of a cooling cabinet is going to affect how you can lay out your equipment. The size and shape that you need are largely determined by the exact equipment that you are going to be storing within it. Dimensions are important not just for fitting in all of your components, but also for where the cooling inlets are placed within the cabinet to help best preserve the effectiveness of your electronics. Shorter cabinets rely more on cooling fans, while tall, narrow cabinets rely more on side-mounted cooling. Also, when considering size, you will inevitably have more heat conduction in a larger enclosure than a smaller one.

Consider Your Heat Load

You will want to determine beforehand the amount of heat that will be generated by each piece of equipment, including heat that’s created by variable frequency drives, rectifiers, transformers, and inverters. Knowing this, and choosing the right cooling cabinets to accommodate, can reduce the overall effect of the heat load on the products.

Know Your Room Conditions

It is important to know how the conditions of your theater room are going to impact the cooling cabinets as well. You may think that there’s nothing to worry about because, of course, your movie room is brand new and in the best condition! However, it’s important to note the possible influence of these factors, just in case. You’ll want to know how high you’ll be able to let the temperature become in that room for the sake of your cooling cabinets, which may need to have a maintained climate to function properly. You’ll also want to consider if there’s much dust, dirt, or pet hair in that room, and what you can do to remedy this for the sake of your cooling fans not driving those particles right all your electronics. The presence of water or high humidity can also play a negative role on how the ambient conditions are maintained as well.

Open or Closed Loop Cooling

You have two major types of cooling options as you decide on the right cabinets. Open loop cooling draws outside air into the enclosure through filtered fans. These fans remove heat from an enclosure, but do not actively cool it. Closed loop cooling uses the air within the unit, and, because it is contained, it has a built-in air cooling system to help reduce temperatures. These are two different methods for keeping your electronics cool, and they have different benefits, depending on your end goals.

The right home theater cabinet cooling system can make all the difference for the longevity and well-being of your cabinets. Keep these factors in mind while you choose the right cabinets for your system.