Hi, I’m Erik with Portable Air, and we want to talk today a little about the best portable air conditioner in our review today. It’s hot and muggy out, you don’t have any A/C. That is a bad day for you. We’ve got a couple of different options that can help provide a little more cooling and a little better comfort in the environment you’re working with. Whether it’s commercial, industrial, new construction, we have a solution for the best portable air conditioner in each area of need.
Indoor Portable Air Conditioners, often called Spot Coolers, from Temp-Cool and Airrex range in anywhere from 1 ton to a 5-ton unit. They are easy to move, have a small footprint and are powered by a standard wall outlet. The good thing about these is you can put them anywhere you need to. They’re an all-in-one package. Heat and humidity are sent through the refrigeration cycle and then disperse as cool dry air through two supply nozzles. With the heat the unit takes in, it will require an area to exhaust it back out of the space. Each unit comes equipped with a “Ceiling Kit” to vent the hot air up into a dropped ceiling or directed out of a window or door. Spot coolers are a great way to get heat out of the space and to make a nice comfortable cooled area.
Package units range in different sizes, anywhere from a 5-ton to 50-ton units with the most common size being our 25-ton units. They are an awesome solution due to their variety of applications. They can go on any job site. These units can be trailer mounted or placed with a forklift or crane. Once the unit is in place, the flexible duct is attached and cool air is distributed wherever it’s needed. They can be powered by an available breaker or by a temporary generator. Whether installed on the ground or the roof air conditioning can be supplied where it is needed.
Let’s say you have an outdoor event in a tent. Maybe you are having a wedding or fundraiser in the summertime. It’s hot and it’s humid and you have 200 guests that are going to be inside that tent. The event is not going to go well without A/C. The best portable air conditioner for this situation is our Vertical Package Units. They connect right into your tent walls to make a nice seamless look from inside. This is another very user-friendly piece of equipment that will ensure everyone at your event will never have to sweat a drop…..at least, if they don’t want to!
When your air conditioner fails it’s never a good thing, but it doesn’t have to be a miserable experience. There is a solution. It doesn’t matter what type of space you need to be cooled off, rest assured, there is a portable air conditioner solution to meet your need!
No sooner does summer arrive in Texas and the news agencies are issuing heat advisories. For most of Portable Air’s customers, the heat is a serious occupational hazard! Avoid excessive risk by setting up cooling stations on your jobsite.
Workers become overheated from two primary sources:
1. The environmental conditions in which they work; and
2. The internal heat generated by physical labor.
The heat index can be used to help determine the risk of heat-related illness for outdoor workers, what actions are needed to protect workers, and when those actions are triggered. Depending on the heat index value, the risk for heat-related illness can range from lower to very high to extreme. As the heat index value goes up, more preventative measures are needed to protect workers.
|Heat Index||Risk Level||Protective Measures|
|Less than 91°F||Lower (Caution)||Basic heat safety and planning|
|91°F to 103°F||Moderate||Implement precautions and heighten awareness|
|103°F to 115°F||High||Additional precautions to protect workers|
|Greater than 115°F||Very High to Extreme||Triggers even more aggressive protective measures|
Heat-related illnesses (heat stroke and heat exhaustion are the most serious) occur when the body is not able to lose enough heat to balance the heat generated by physical work and external heat sources. Helping your body maintain a stable internal temperature is vital in avoiding a heat-related illness. Once the air temperature gets near or above normal body temperature the blood circulated to your skin can’t lose heat. This causes you to sweat, but that’s not enough to cool your body if the humidity won’t allow the sweat to evaporate.
Surprisingly, OSHA does not have a specific standard that covers working in hot environments. Nonetheless, under the OSH Act, employers have a duty to protect workers from recognized serious hazards in the workplace, including heat-related hazards.
Creating cooling stations with either spot coolers or misting fans is a very cost-effective way to help prevent heat-related illnesses. When the body becomes overheated and can’t cool itself, cool air and water are essential to alleviate and prevent the worsening of heat-related symptoms.
Cooling stations are not only preventative measures but they can also provide for a quick response in case there is a heat-related emergency on a work site.
Setting up spot coolers and or misting fans has never been easier! Because our units are on wheels, you can control the direction of breeze and mist to provide relief where you need it. Most of our portable products require a common 120V electric circuit. All our portable misting fans allow you to use a standard garden hose connection for easy hookup. Contact us to learn more!
Keeping your data centers at optimum temperatures is a challenging task. Servers and computers have specific temperature requirements to function efficiently and effectively. Any deviation from such temperatures could cause servers to overheat; resulting in servers crashing or failing. This possible data loss can be detrimental to a company.
There are several advantages to using spot coolers in data centers including:
It's not a matter of will my air conditioning unit fail, but when will it fail. For facility managers and network managers to best prepare for this situation, a company should have several portable air conditioning units or spot coolers readily available. These plug & play units are a great solution to a failed air conditioning system. They are portable and allow for easy manoeuvrability.
Reasons to use portable air conditioning units in data centers:
Contact Portable Air today to find out how we can meet your business' spot cooling and temporary air conditioning needs.
There's never a good time for your server room air conditioning to fail. EVER! But, as all facilities managers and data center managers know, the question is not IF mechanical equipment will fail. Unfortunately, it's WHEN!
Data centers require constant temperature control to ensure that servers and computers run efficiently and effectively. Any deviation in temperature (typically 50°F - 82°) or humidity levels (usually 40% - 60%) could cause overheating, which may result in crashing or failing servers. Although this is an easy task to maintain when your system is functioning correctly ... the excessive heat radiating from the equipment and ambient temperatures can quickly shut down and or damage servers and computers when your permanent system fails or is turned off for service.
Spot Coolers can be “Server Room Super Heros” offering efficient, economical, and flexible cooling solutions for computer-rich environments in the event of central AC breakdown or service.
FAQ’s About Spot Coolers
How do I vent a Spot Cooler in a server room? An easy to use “drop ceiling vent kit” is the most popular form of venting in server rooms. In this case, the exhausted moisture and heat go out of the area, through the exhaust duct, and into the space above the ceiling tiles.
What happens to the moisture that is pulled out of the air? Spot Coolers pull moisture and heat out of the air, The water vapor in the air (Humidity) is “ducted” into the ceiling along with the hot air. The water produced from the units condensation is held in an internal reservoir or pumped through a condensate hose directed into a drain.
How noisy is a Spot Cooler? Portable air conditioners contain both a compressor and fan; they sound similar to a “window air conditioning unit,” which most of us have heard at one time or another. With that said, most units fall anywhere between 48 dB (which is the same noise level as falling rain) and 60 dB (which is the same noise level as a normal conversation).
What factors should I consider when renting a Spot Cooler? The Spot Coolers BTU rating directly affects how quickly the unit will be able to cool and how efficiently it will maintain that temperature. The higher the BTU, the larger the area the Spot Cooler can efficiently cool. Room size, windows and server equipment will need considering before accurately choosing the proper size Spot Cooler.
Will a Spot Cooler fit in a server room? Yes. 1 to 5 ton Spot Coolers are typically 30” wide and from 48” - 70” tall, they will fit through a standard door opening.
Do Spot Coolers require any unusual power accommodations? All of the Spot Coolers that we carry operate on 115 Volt / 60 Hertz. This amount is standard household voltage. These units come with a “three-prong” grounded plug.
How long is the exhaust hose that comes with the portable air conditioner? Exhaust ducts lengths vary by model, but generally, they are up to 10 feet (and not to exceed 40’) long and made of a temperature-resistant plastic reinforced with metal.
Can I keep a Spot Cooler running continuously? Simply put ... Yes! Keep the unit running continuously, leave it overnight or on weekends without having to worry about disruptions happening when you’re away from the office.
Portable Air Spot coolers are a great temporary cooling option for server rooms, as they can be quickly moved and concentrated on specific equipment hot spots. Our units are easy to manage and maintain, and they are the perfect choice to have on hand in the event of an emergency!
Your essential guide to drying rooms and buildings after a flood disaster.
The rain lashes down and drains block with fallen leaves and silt. The flood waters rise and search for new destinations. Houses, businesses, shops, offices, schools – the flood water does not discriminate between building types, only what ‘level’ they are at. Although these days flooding can arise at any time of year it is still a particular problem in autumn. Buildings affected can be anything from a bit damp to massively damaged by flood water. Here we provide our top tips for drying outbuildings and rooms affected by flooding. These top tips are as useful for drying up after a burst pipe, or bath overflow as they are for a rainwater flood, and should help you get dry in quick time.
1. If insured, discuss your claim and drying requirements with your insurer. They may hire a contractor to do the drying for you, in which case you can concentrate your attention on saving your contents and making sure that those you are responsible for are accommodated somewhere else. If it is a small drying job, perhaps one that is uninsured, or one that is not worth claiming for then the next 9 top tips are good to go, so long as you can establish that it is safe to do so by first consulting an electrician and perhaps a plumber.
2. Whats wet? No, it’s not a stupid question but the answer will affect how you dry the building and what equipment you use.
Say you have a traditional type constructed building with drywall and concrete floors, complete with wet carpets, then what you are looking at is potentially using a wet vac (to suck up any remaining flood water from your carpet), a carpet dryer fan to blow air under the carpet, dehumidifier and a radiant heater.
If you have a modern solid floor with tiles, timber or laminate flooring, then the chances are that it has been laid with an insulation layer which is saturated and needs to be dried before it can again be an effective insulating layer. For this, you will need a restorative drying unit (to suck water out from the insulation layer under the floor), a dehumidifier and a radiant heater.
3. Use as big a dehumidifier as you can afford. Basically, a little domestic plastic cased machine will not be up to it. You will need a big mobile dehumidifier – consider 30 ltr/day extraction rate as the bare minimum for drying a flood-damaged small room. Bigger is better and quicker. More than one room to dry? Then consider using extra dehumidifiers.
4. When using a dehumidifier make sure to minimise air ingress into the building. Close all doors and windows and trickle vents (if you have them). The idea here is that by keeping the building air sealed, that the air in the building can be made as dry as possible with the dehumidifier, without giving it the extra burden of drying extra air from outside.
5. Ensure the dehumidifier is positioned so that it can treat the air without any obstructions. Placement in the middle of the room is best. If you have a large room and a number of dehumidifiers working simultaneously, spread them evenly in the room and away from walls.
6. Use portable radiant heaters for heating up surfaces, such as plasterwork. Warm walls will evaporate water far quicker than cold walls. Either use conventional portable radiant heaters or use radiant masonry drying panels. Don’t put them too close to the wall otherwise, you will get a hot spot, but do place the distance away so that a greater area is gently warmed.
7. Add extra heat. Radiant heaters when used will also in time warm up the air in the building, but it is still cold put in electric space heaters in to raise the air temperature. Don’t use direct fired oil or gas heaters for this purpose as they will deplete the oxygen in the building. If you need more heating power, beyond what the mains supply to the building can safely provide via electric heaters, then use indirect fired oil or gas heating, with the heater located outside and warm air ducted in, ideally on a recirculation system so that heat is not wasted to the outside. Ideally, the building air temperature needs to get to at least 20°C. The warmer the air is the more moisture it can hold, the more water will evaporate from surfaces, and the more efficiently the dehumidifier(s) will work.
8. Work out what happens with the condensate collected by the dehumidifier. If it collects in a tank, remember to frequently empty the tank. If you do not do this the dehumidifier will stop to prevent it spilling the condensate on to the floor. If it has a continuous drainage arrangement make sure that it can flow by gravity to a suitable drain. If the dehumidifier has a condensate drain that is great because it means that you can get the condensate to a drain more or less anywhere within reach of the hose that you attach to the dehumidifier and means you can leave the machine to work for long periods.
9. Consider putting air circulator fans into the building. If there is not enough air movement from the various machines in the building, the dehumidifiers, heaters, carpet dryers etc., you may discover that some areas are holding air pockets which are being left by the general air circulation. In this situation use fans to move the air in these areas.
10. Use a moisture meter to track drying progress. With active drying, there is a danger that walls and floors appear to be dry when they are still damp under the surface. 2 pin or 4 pin moisture meters can be purchased for as little as $50 dollars and they tell you what is happening in the wall rather than what is happening on the surface. If you don’t get this right, you might think your building is dry and as soon as you remove the dehumidifiers and drop the heat to normal levels, damp will reappear. Also use feel to determine how the building is drying. Drying of walls will start at the top of the wall and dry towards the base. As you run your hand over what appears to be a drywall, top to bottom you will probably notice the temperature of the wall cool, part way down. This will be roughly where the wall has dried down to.
These Building Drying Top 10 Tips are designed to give a brief overview of the challenge drying a building or perhaps a room. The Guidance and standards for drying flood-damaged buildings provides a really comprehensive guide to the subject and has much more information.
For more information or want to hear from one of our specialists, visit our website for further details.
Bill Anderson DEHUMIDIFICATION BLOG building dryer, Building drying, carpet dryer, dehumidifier, flood damage restoration,
We know when the human body is exposed to constant levels of high heat, heat stress can become a serious concern. As temperature, humidity, and hours of high heat increase, many may be at risk of experiencing heat stress or heat stroke. This can result in occupational injury due to irritation to the senses, sweat in the eyes, fogging safety glasses, dehydration and light headedness. Illness is also a serious concern. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion can exaggerate and worsen symptoms of colds or other health concerns workers must contend with.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, workers that are at the highest risk are outdoor workers, and workers in hot indoor environments such as firefighters, bakery workers, farmers, construction workers, miners, boiler room workers, and factory workers. Anyone who is older than 65 years of age, is overweight, or has any type of heart disease or high blood pressure is also at a much higher risk for heat related illness and injury.
Top 8 Recommendations to Reduce Heat Stress:
Many facilities may not have adequate air conditioning installations or may have remote work sites where air conditioning isn’t an option. For those businesses, it is recommended to partner with a temperature control purchase and rental company. For more information on rental a/c units or purchasing a/c units for your facility such as Spot Coolers, Air Scrubbers, Dehumidifiers, Chillers and more contact Portable Air today at www.portableac.com or 1-877-969-2821.
Spot Coolers are a great option when considering portable cooling for your building. Spot Coolers can quickly be set up in any location and for a variety of reasons. Once set up, Spot Coolers do not have to be constantly monitored, making them easy to maintain. Here are 5 reasons why you may want to rent a Spot Cooler for your location
Spot Cooler rentals are ideal for many locations including hospitals, data centers, stores, schools, offices, and banks, just to name a few. They can quickly be set up in an emergency situation, rented for special events, or rented for the scheduled maintenance of a buildings HVAC system. Spot coolers are also an excellent cooling option because they can quickly be set into place, are quiet, and are easy to place in almost any location.
It is only the middle of May, and summer hasn’t even begun, yet in Central Florida and Houston, Texas it sure does feel like it! With temperatures reaching the high 80s and low 90s, you could already find yourself staying inside as much as possible to enjoy that wonderful air conditioning that we are all so thankful for this time of year!
As a small business, it can be detrimental to revenue when your air conditioning unit fails. Not only do you have to consider the comfort of your customers, but you also have to consider the comfort of your employees as well as the quality of your merchandise. As temperatures rise, customers are less likely to shop at a store where there is no air conditioning. Another factor to consider is the quality of your merchandise without air conditioning. Many types of merchandise such as books and electronics will be ruined if they are in humid, hot temperatures for too long. The lack of air conditioning can easily ruin the merchandise causing a large loss in revenue.