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Old 03-17-2009, 08:03 AM
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Enclosing a compressor in a small area insulated with foam is going to create a serious heat problem unless it is well ventilated and simply installing some louvered panels on the sides probably will not be enough. These vents would need to be located near the bottom of the enclosure and then there would need to be vents at the top above the compressor, preferably the roof, so that hot air could escape and draw cooler air in around the bottom. A compressor radiates a heck of a lot of heat and not only will the air coming from the thing tend to be much hotter but I have seen compressors literally burn up because of poor circulation, and these were not even in an insulated room! I would strongly recommend a forced air type of ventilation especially if the enclosure is small, a fan in the ceiling with vents at the bottom should work. The bottom line is that if you insulate too well while trying to deaden the noise you may have your compressor become very quiet indeed!
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