There's never a good time for an air conditioner to fail. It's not a matter of ‘will’ my air conditioning unit fail, but ‘when’ will it fail. With data centers, proper temperature control is required because servers and computers have specific temperature requirements to function efficiently and effectively. It can be a challenging task keeping your data centers at optimum temperatures as any deviation from such temperatures could cause servers to overheat resulting in crashes or failures. This possible data loss can be detrimental to a company.
To be prepared for this situation, facility managers and network managers should have several portable air conditioning units or spot coolers readily available, or a temporary air conditioning company on speed dial. The best option for this situation is a spot cooler. There are several advantages to using spot coolers in data centers and server rooms including:
Portable Air spot coolers are a great temporary cooling option for server rooms as they can be quickly moved and directed to concentrate on specific equipment hot spots. Our units are easy to manage and maintain and they are the perfect choice to have on hand. Portable Air offers 24/7 service for these types of emergencies.
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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!
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!
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
Summers in the south can be unbearable. It is not uncommon for temperatures to soar over 100 degrees and make air conditioning failure feel like an apocalypse. If you live in an area that commonly experiences high temperatures, it is a good idea to be prepared. Being ready with a provider of portable, rental air conditioning units is one primary step, particularly spot coolers for an office or other facility. However, you can’t always get your temporary unit right away, so there are some tips for keeping things cool while you wait for your backup.
Use water and ice. It is a temporary solution, but it can make a noticeable difference and make the room feel much better until you get your spot cooler. All you need is a fan—most people who live in areas prone to heatwaves own more than one—and some ice, or wet cloth. Just fill a bowl with ice, or wet a cloth with cool water, and position it in front of the fan. If you have a rotating fan and you can find a way to rotate the ice and cloth as well, that is even better. If there is a breeze outdoors, open the windows and do the same.
Invest in good fans. Even though they do not cool the air, they keep it circulating. They help prevent the room’s heat from becoming oppressive. This goes for AC fans, too; even if your AC is not functioning properly, running the fan—assuming it still works—promotes air movement until things are working again. Be careful, however, not to run it too long if you are without cooling for a significant period; it could affect your energy bill.
Keep out the sun. Even if the windows are closed, incoming sunlight can warm things more than you may realize. Keep the shades drawn and prevent that additional warming light from making the heat any worse.
We hope you don’t experience air conditioning failure this summer. However, should you be in need of some temporary fixes, these tips should help, and make certain to call your portable air conditioning provider for more reliable and thorough temporary solutions.
Spot Coolers might be your perfect solution and your wallet's best friend. You’ve got a lot to consider as a business when it comes to failed AC. You have to consider the comfort and well being of employees and guests, but also decide whether or not to close until repairs can be completed. A 3 day AC repair would mean the loss of $93,000 of revenue for the average U.S. small business if they closed for that time period. In the big picture, renting spot coolers would be much more cost effective than losing those business hours.
Did You Know? The average Summer temperature in the South East U.S. and South East U.S. is 93 degrees and the average time it takes to repair or replace a business's HVAC system is 2-3 days. According to the IRS and the Small Business Administration, the average U.S. small business makes $31,000 in sales revenue per day. That means if a business is forced to close for repairs, potential lost revenue could be devastating.
Even if your business only faces 2 AC outages per year, whether that be from system failure, storm damage, or power outages, the average U.S. small business could save over $180,000 in income per year, simply by not having to shut down business while repairs are underway.