Most people are aware of the main cooling system in their building. However, oftentimes there are areas in your home, office or warehouse that need to be a little cooler. Making the right decision about supplemental air conditioning involves knowing what cooling system is already in place and how big of an area needs to be cooled. Is there an area that needs additional cooling? Are there areas that are hot spots or need additional cooling at specific times? Before making any decision about additional air conditioning, three things to be aware of are primary cooling already in place, supplemental cooling, and spot-cooling.
Most multi-tenant office buildings, malls and other buildings are constructed with central air conditioning which cools by a forced air system where one mechanical floor may serve sixteen floors, eight above and eight below. However, because of lights and other heat-producing equipment, some tenants may require a lower air conditioning temperature and lower humidity than is supplied by the building.
According to air-n-water.com, supplemental cooling units are used when a particular area already has a primary unit but won't completely cool off, or if it needs to be even cooler in specific areas. An example of these areas would be homes, offices, laboratories, computer rooms, classrooms, trailers, hospitals and much more. These supplemental units can be portable or mounted to a wall or ceiling.
Computer rooms should be kept below 77 degrees F to avoid servers becoming overheated and losing data. Hospitals and laboratories all have equipment that needs to to be kept from overheating. Events such as weddings, fundraisers, plays and concerts can involve large groups of people, making the need for additional air conditioning. Supplemental air conditioning would be the answer for these situations and many more.
A spot cooling unit is portable and can be used when a small area needs to be kept cooler than others. This type of cooling is usually used when you don't have a large area, but want to keep some areas cooler than others. Spot cooling would work in an area where the main cooling unit does not reach or an area that is much warmer than the rest of the area. These types of units are quick and easy to install and can be moved easily from one room to another. Usually they are just taken out of the box and plugged into a regular electrical outlet.
Many schools are open during the summer months for tutoring and summer school. Very often only a few classrooms or areas are used for these functions. Spot air conditioning would cool the areas being used without having to cool the entire building. Spot cooling would also work in areas where guests or employees are moving or working at certain frames of time such as weddings or conventions.
How do I know what to choose?
Knowing the size of the area to be cooled and the air conditioner capacity is important. The sizing of cooling systems are based on how many BTUs per hours there are. BTU stands for British Thermal Units and 12,000 BTUs equals one ton .A main rule of thumb is that one ton can cool an area of approximately 300 to a little over 500 square feet. Be sure to know the square footage to be cooled as well as how many BTUs the air conditioner offers.
Making an informed decision about supplemental air conditioning and spot cooling will save both time and energy and add flexibility to your budget plans.
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Types of facilities that commonly rent portable air conditioners
Many businesses need portable air conditioning to supplement their current heating and air system. You’d think the current system would cover all the bases, but, sometimes, they don’t. Warehouses, hospitals, data centers, schools, and construction sites are just a few types of facilities that need back-up plans for situations like natural disasters and overheating during the summer months.
Of course we rent portable air conditioners of all sizes and capacities. We deliver, set up, and retrieve the equipment to and from your facility and on your schedule. Call us at (803) 600-6226 any time for more information.
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How to Avoid an AC Emergency in your Server Room
The climate is the most important aspect of a server room. To allow the servers to function efficiently and effectively the room must be kept cool at all times. If your air conditioner is broken for any length of time the servers can become overheated and loose data.
The server nodes produce enough heat to reach temperatures of 85-90°F. If the servers reach these temperatures and remain at this level for any length of time it puts the servers at risk of having a full meltdown.
If your air conditioner or cooling system is out, we can deliver and install a portable air conditioner that attaches to your existing ductwork. This system can stay in place until your original unit is repaired. There are also units that are free standing that can be placed in any size room or building. This will allow your servers to stay cool and functioning at their normal pace.
We often get calls from IT Directors, IT Managers, and Server Admins in need of air conditioning fast. They are in a rush to get their server rooms cooled down because they have had a meltdown of their system, or because of a weather event that caused them to loose all air flow. Below are five things server admins and IT specialists should avoid when working in their server rooms.
5 Common Causes of Server Rooms Overheating
Take your time in setting up a server room. Surveying the space and laying out the most beneficial and effective floor plan for the servers will increase your energy consumption greatly. Keep an eye on the temperature of the space and the servers will be able to stay functioning in the most efficient way.
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Air Conditioned Wedding Tents - Reasons to Invest
Almost every bride dreams of being a princess on her wedding day, looking picture perfect, and glowing with joy. But in the South, glowing can turn into sweating, thanks to the heat and humidity. If you’re going to have an outdoor wedding, an air conditioned wedding tent will be your saving grace.
Imagine that big white tent, complete with a wooden dance floor, lots of lights, a band, tables set with china, and cool air flowing throughout making you and your guests feel comfortable and ready to have a good time. When you rent air conditioner for wedding, you’re investing in a successful event. Here are a few good reasons why you should have an air conditioned wedding tent:
Every bride (and mother of the bride) wants her wedding to be the talk of the town and to be remembered forever. So when you’re planning that outdoor wedding overlooking the lake, the 18th hole, or the vineyard, make sure you include an air conditioned wedding tent. You’ll be happy you did.
Having a Big Ass fan® can come in handy
There are times you need to cool a space, but air conditioning isn't appropriate. Air moving fans are a great alternative for outdoor receptions or indoor air movement, when AC isn't in the budget.
These whisper quiet fans create a low speed breeze over your event or work area, while only pulling 7 amps from your 110v power outlet. They are a game changing product in air movement.
We carry the Black Jack by Big Ass Fans. We can sell you one, or we can rent you one. Either way, we love this product because it's portable, durable, quiet, and super effective.
Black Jacks are big enough to blow 1/3 the length of a football field, and compact enough to be wheeled down an aisle or through a doorway. They come mounted on indoor/outdoor rubber wheels so they can move across all kinds of surfaces without damage.
Check out the gallery below to see some in action.
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How we deliver and set up heating/cooling equipment for events
We are keeping guests comfortable at a big tent event this weekend. So we brought out the big guns. These photos show two 12 ton units arriving, and after set up out back of the tents.
Check out these pictures that show how our equipment arrives when we set an event up. And, what the equipment looks like while it is hidden out back of your tent event quietly keeping guests cool.
During the spring and summer we cool tent events in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. And when it's cool we bring units that are capable of heating OR cooling. When heat is needed, we heat tent events and outdoor events.
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