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Spot cooling is an effective solution for a wide range of cooling problems. Spot coolers can be set up quickly and can be used just about anywhere due to their compact size. Once they are installed, spot coolers do not have to be constantly monitored, making them easy to maintain. Here are the top 5 uses for spot coolers:

1) Server Rooms/Data Centers - Unfortunately we can’t always rely on our building's central HVAC system. With these types of rooms there is a lot of concentrated heat being generated. Spot coolers can help keep the equipment cool and alleviate any hot spots. Building HVAC systems often shut down after hours or on weekends but luckily spot coolers can run 24/7.

2) Commercial Office Space - It is proven that workers are more productive in a comfortable environment. If the HVAC goes out or is just not keeping up with the heat, a spot cooler is a perfect solution for keeping the employees cool and comfortable.

3) Healthcare Facilities - Keeping patients and labs cool is crucial and oftentimes required. Whether it is a hospital, laboratory, assisted living facility, etc., spot coolers can maximize patient comfort and usage of the space.

4) Restaurants - When working anywhere where there is a kitchen, it is bound to get really hot. And if the HVAC system fails, you're left with the possibility of customers walking out and uncomfortable employees. A spot cooler is compact and portable enough to place in the dining area and in the kitchen.

5) Educational Facilities - Spot coolers are great for schools of any size because schools have so many individual rooms. When there is a cooling problem, you can place multiple units in spaces that you need to keep cool. This will ensure the faculty and students are comfortable.

Since 1987, Portable Air has been meeting the cooling needs of businesses in Florida and Texas. We serve clients 24/7 in Orlando, Central Florida, Houston, Pearland, Southern Texas, and the Southeastern United States. Contact us today!

Event Cooling: Back to the Basics

When it comes to party planning, even the most beautiful and festive décor will not count for much if guests are sweltering or shivering. Using the right portable cooling or heating equipment is vitally important to the success of an event. Here are the basics of providing portable equipment rentals for climate control in tents and other party locales.

How Can I Keep My Party Tent Cool?

An air conditioned tent makes for comfortable guests at an outdoor wedding, party or other event. Party tent air conditioner systems can be installed inside or outside of the tent. Read on to learn about the options.

Large 12- and 25-ton mobile air conditioning units are popular for event cooling because of their high cooling capacity. These units will typically be located outdoors with the cold air ducted in. Sometimes, however, multiple spot coolers of 1- to 5-ton capacity can do the job, and these air-cooled units may be located indoors or out depending on noise and space constraints.

Some customers prefer to use two or three smaller units instead of a single larger machine to provide redundancy in the unlikely event that one of the units experiences component failure. Once you’ve determined what layout you’d like, it’s time to consider how much cooling power you’ll need. Read on to learn more about cooling recommendations based on tent size.

How Much Cooling Does My Tent Need?

Having sufficient airflow to the tent is crucial for a steady and comfortable climate. As a rule of thumb, plan on one ton of cooling for every 100 to 150 square feet of area within a tent. That can add up to a lot of tonnages, but it will be needed to compensate for the thin walls of the tent and the resulting high level of air infiltration.

Whether you opt for the low or high end of this range will depend on the calculated heat load, which must take into account factors, including:

Since comfort is a big part of success, it is wise to build a little extra cooling capacity into the game plan for your air conditioned tent.

If the event is to take place indoors, the formula changes to about one ton of cooling for every 400 to 600 square feet of space. Again, the heat load must be calculated as above to determine more precisely how much cooling is needed. An experienced portable air conditioner company can help you determine the best course of action.

Portable Cooling in Open Tents and Open Areas

Portable AC for tents is not the only option for keeping guests cool. Another popular rental option for outdoor event cooling in open areas or open-sided tents is misting fans.

The Power Breezer misting fans have a cooling range of 3000 square feet and can cool a space up to 27 degrees without getting guests wet. Misting fans are compact, quiet and easy to assemble, ideal for various applications, including commercial sites and sporting events.

Operating the Power Breezer misting fan is a breeze. The misting fan conveniently runs off a generator (under 900W) and has easy universal controls. The misting fan has a 100-gallon water tank capacity, providing 4 to 5 days of continuous use.

It’s important to note that evaporative coolers do not offer the level of performance and comfort control associated with air conditioning. However, they still provide a good way to cool on a budget.

How Does Portable Cooling in a Tent Work?

Now that we’ve covered some of the party tent air conditioner options let’s discuss how the equipment performs. As you bring conditioned outdoor air into the tent, you will want to direct the air up or down to avoid blowing directly on individuals.

Cold air will fall and form a layer of comfort here before it is drawn back into the return air duct to be re-cooled. With this approach, smaller units distributed throughout the perimeter of the tent will be advantageous. Keeping the event cooling equipment outside the tent is preferable if possible. The area should be as sealed as possible to prevent cooling loss.

An alternative method is to pressurize the tent with no return ducts, which is a very common method to deliver even cooling distribution throughout the tent. The best approach will hinge on the size of the tent, conditions outside, and other factors.

Power Sources for An Air Conditioned Tent

You also will need to consider the available power supply for your tent with AC. Will you be drawing electricity from an adjacent building or home, and if so, what type of power?

A generator is often needed to support adequate tent cooling. Determine the length of electrical cable required to hook up the portable unit(s) to the power supply. The greater the length, the bigger the size needed to maintain voltage and current draw.

Event tip: Don’t forget cable ramps to hide the cables and prevent trip hazards. Diffusers should also be considered for ease of installation.

Explore Effective, Portable Cooling and Heating Solutions For Your Event

At Portable Air, we understand the ins and outs of climate control for outdoor spaces. That’s why we’ve been the premier source for temporary cooling and heating services for over three decades. Whether we’re installing portable AC for tents at a wedding or providing heating solutions at an outdoor party, the expert team at Portable Air simplifies the process and delivers results. Finding temperature control options doesn’t have to be a hassle. Contact the knowledgeable Portable Air team with your questions. We’d love to help you find the ideal system for your event.

To the untrained eye, a server room looks like a mass of humming machines that take up space. But to a company that relies on the data stored in servers, this room powers multiple operations, keeping the business on a forward-moving path.

If your business has a large server room, protecting it from damage must be a top priority. Jumps in temperature are a threat to the security and efficiency of your server room.

In fact, inadequate server room cooling can lead to a halt in operations. This was the case for Microsoft when a portion of the company’s servers suffered a heat spike that rendered two of its websites out of service for 16 hours and impacted cloud storage software.

Understanding your options for server room cooling systems and the backup plans available arms your company with a protective shield in the face of unexpected situations.

Read on to learn about the types of data center cooling systems and how to protect your server room.

When A/C won’t cut it for server room cooling

Think that cranking up the air conditioner is a server room cooling strategy you can rely on? You may want to reconsider that. An air conditioner is a permanent system that cools a server room. But as server usage increases or the size of the server room grows, this initial system will be insufficient.

The reality is that large server rooms require more than air conditioning to regulate machine temperature. Here’s why:

Air conditioners don’t always meet data center cooling requirements. Data centers need around the clock cooling. Most air conditioners are not meant to run 24/7. Running your A/C at all times puts a strain on the machine and runs up the electric bill. So when it comes to server room cooling, air conditioning is not an ideal solution.

Another way air conditioning falls short of data center cooling requirements is the limited capability to regulate factors outside of temperature. In other words, air conditioners can’t protect your equipment from potentially damaging humidity. When humidity levels rise, condensation can form on machines, and problems ensue. Air conditioners are not designed to decrease the amount of moisture in the air and address humidity in the way that true server room cooling systems can.

Lastly, changing seasons impacts A/C settings. Data center cooling requirements indicate that servers need an environment between 68 and 72 degrees to continue operating. In the winter months, the heater is switched on in place of the air conditioner. Even when an air conditioner is running in your server room, the rise in temperature elsewhere in the building has an impact.

As you can see, an air conditioner won’t suffice for cooling a large server room. Fortunately, there are server room cooling systems that meet the needs of the equipment. Let’s explore them below!

Data center cooling solutions

We’ve covered the ways that air conditioners alone fall short of data center cooling requirements. Now it’s time to talk about a solution that can fulfill your server room cooling needs—spot coolers.

An A/C is a permanent system that needs support in cooling a server room. A supplemental machine that aids in temperature control is the ideal support system. Spot coolers are portable cooling machines designed to supplement a cooling source and address multiple temperature control issues. They operate by taking in ambient air through the return, which passes over a closed-loop coil containing refrigerant, reducing the room temperature. The cold air is then pumped back out into the room through the supply.

Unlike air conditioners, spot coolers have capabilities that tackle humidity. As mentioned above, high humidity levels lead to condensation on machines. Water droplets on machines is a server room nightmare. Spot coolers suck excess moisture out of the air to keep humidity levels in check.

In addition to their dehumidification abilities, spot coolers are also energy efficient. They utilize less power than air conditioners while delivering powerful cooling results. Since energy-efficient technologies are better for the planet and your bottom line, spot coolers are a win-win in this department. See how much energy different spot coolers require in this handy chart.

With spot coolers, you don’t have to deal with complex machinery and high maintenance types of data cooling systems. The user-friendly aspect of spot coolers is what draws many businesses to them. Installation is typically done within a couple of hours, and selecting the desired temperature is a simple process.

Why you need a backup cooling system

The importance of server room cooling systems is evident. But having a reliable backup system like a portable cooler is just as pivotal.

One key reason to add a backup cooling system is to save equipment in the case of unforeseen disasters. When hurricanes cause mass electrical power outages, air conditioners fail and leave ill-prepared companies with server rooms with no other means of regulating temperature.

Another benefit of a backup cooling system is its ability to power up at a moment’s notice. If a cooling system fails, a portable cooling system can be brought in to keep the temperature regulated. Because spikes in temperature can damage servers in a short amount of time, having a backup can prevent a company from shelling out hefty sums due to damage.

From natural disasters to machine malfunctions, there are certain situations that even the most organized companies never see coming. In these cases, you can rent a portable data center cooling system while the problem is addressed. Knowing that your servers are well protected brings peace of mind.

Keep your technology intact with portable cooling

Your servers are an asset worth safeguarding. To ensure that your server room is well-equipped for emergencies, having a supplemental cooling system is critical.

With an array of cooling systems including chillers, DX package units and spot coolers, Portable Air has the solution for your server room.

Since 1987, Portable Air has been meeting the cooling needs of businesses in Florida and Texas. We serve clients in Orlando, Central Florida, Houston, Pearland, Southern Texas, and the Southeastern United States. Plus, we can recommend other providers if you’re not in our service area.

Contact us today to learn more about our cooling systems and how we can be of service. Stay cool!

As the United States continues reopening job sites during the COVID pandemic, increased implementations of safety measures for employees and staff have become a crucial concern. This is especially true during the summer months, when the heat is unrelenting and sometimes brutal. And when you venture inside, safe air quality is something that should be a top priority, as good ventilation and airflow are vital with worries surrounding COVID. Check out Portable Air’s tips below to increase safety measures and garner quality airflow!

Ventilation and airflow

Experts such as ASHRAE have mentioned that proper ventilation can dilute virus particles in the air and help slow the spread of COVID. Experiment with airflow at your site to determine a pattern that works best for all. Airflow is essential for the health and safety of employees, so try to direct clean air towards less clean air if you can, and use open windows to bring in fresh air from outside on occasion as well. However, try not to use outside air too much, as it can impede your HVACs function by making your cooling system work overtime in summer and drive up energy costs. When outside air isn’t an option, mechanical ventilation can work beautifully as well, controlling the amount of outside air that enters your space and using ducts and fans to direct the fresh air where its needed, and to exhaust air from other spaces such as kitchens or restrooms. 

Check on your filter

A high-quality air filter can make all the difference, especially when viral contaminants are a concern. Check your air filters thoroughly to see if they need replacing and make sure to do your research when upgrading, as filters vary when it comes to the amount of particles they can remove from the air. The MERV system is a good metric to go by when it comes to this. The MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) shows how well your filter is working and filtering the air. Higher MERVs mean more particles removed; therefore the filter will be better able to reduce the spread of damaging contaminants. Your HVAC system was made with a specific amount of airflow designed to work with it, therefore the MERV should be carefully considered for the appropriate balance of efficiency and airflow your site needs. If you need to discuss with an HVAC expert, we got you there!

Safety measures for surfaces

Healthy environments need to be maintained in the air and on commonly used surfaces as well. Make sure to regularly disinfect and clean your site, and lay out plans regarding social distancing. Keep cleaning products readily on hand as well for spontaneous clean-ups where needed. While you’re transitioning back to normal, keep an eye on health official recommendations about which practices to incorporate into your site. 

Possible equipment upgrades

Portable Air is here to provide cooling and ventilation equipment that’ll improve workplace health conditions during the summer COVID pandemic and beyond. Ventilation and airflow maintenance is a tricky process for even the most experienced user, but Portable Air’s HVAC specialists can help guide you through our wide array of climate control products to ensure your facility is prepared to open up safely again. Feel free to browse our new direct sale shop, or contact us with any questions or request a quote today!

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Portable Air has been home to temporary air conditioning, heating, and power generation services for over 23 years, building client specific equipment and providing rentals to special events, businesses, and institutions. We have built a dedicated company and clientele over time which is why we’re now expanding to sell our climate control equipment direct to the consumer! Our extensive selection of rentals are temporary solutions, and our specialty manufactured equipment has customer requirements to consider and requires collaborative planning. However, we realize there are plenty in need of high-quality systems and accessories available for direct purchase. Since we are located in both warm-weathered Texas and Florida, we certainly know a thing or two about the vital importance of continuous climate control! 

Our new customer shop page will be dedicated to showcasing some of our best available products directly for sale, products are available now and ready for purchase. Check out our featured models of Airrex spot coolers, whether it’s the 1.2 ton HSC 14 or the 1.5 ton HSC 18. These highly effective and efficient spot coolers are eco-friendly, include high and low pressure warnings, and removable + washable filters for simple maintenance. We have several more Airrex spot coolers available to browse below as well. In addition, you have the option to purchase condensate pumps used to pump out the water in HVAC systems, and ceiling kits along with other HVAC accessories that will be for sale in the future. We will keep this page updated with current listings and our best HVAC direct for sale offerings! Whether you need a temporary rental for climate control, a specialty HVAC system built to your specifications, or need to purchase ASAP direct, Portable Air is confident we will be able to find a solution. Contact us today!

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2020 has been an interesting year for HVAC so far. New challenges have arisen in the form of the COVID pandemic and higher demands for green and smart technology, but the good news is our industry is thriving, with 2020 global demands for HVAC equipment set to increase 6% over the year.
Below are 5 top trends in the HVAC industry happening in 2020.

Going Green

More than ever, customers are looking for new ways to stay energy efficient and environmentally friendly. The HVAC industry will of course be influenced by new sustainable demands in the market, finding new ways to provide clean solutions. Possibilities include hydrogen or electric driven heating, as well as geothermal heat pumps, which have been an eco-friendly solution for a while. However, since Congress has reinstated a tax credit for geothermal heating technology, there may be an uptick in awareness and demand.

Exponential Growth

In the HVAC industry, a huge uptick in growth means new technological advances as well. This will bring in a new era of sustainability and lower utility bills for customers as well as innovative training for those entering the HVAC industry. The need for air conditioning optimization is growing as well, since the global demand for it is expected to triple by 2050.

Company Culture

To many workers, company culture is essential to business results. With such a huge growth in HVAC expected, this means plenty of new workers coming into the industry, therefore the company culture needs to adapt. This means thinking deeply about how work environment affects workers and their ability to perform, and to reward exceptional teamwork and jobs well done. This is one of the top trends set to increase in the coming years, and HVAC software solutions can help with tracking HVAC industry performance.

Efficient, Smart Comfort

With over 14 million homes in the U.S. using “smart” products, smart technology isn’t going away any time soon. We can expect the HVAC industry grow to meet this demand as smart HVAC systems are a top priority for many of today’s homeowners. This includes remote temperature control and integration of energy controls, self-regulation, sensors, Wi-Fi enabled products, and zoning. Zoning is energy efficient as well as convenient, therefore the ability to set different temperatures in different rooms of the home is ideal for many, and the demand for zoning is only expected to increase.

New Safety Measures Due to COVID

The HVAC industry had a bright future in 2020 but the COVID pandemic has affected it just as much as the rest of the economy. Many companies are transitioning to remote work and learning to navigate through virtual means. Moving forward, greater safety precautions for both employees and customers are vital, especially during essential repairs and service, and many of these precautions should remain once the pandemic has cleared.


Keeping an eye on industry trends is crucial to staying ahead in your business. The HVAC world is evolving fast with the times, so stay tuned for more industry trends we hope to cover in future at Portable Air.

Working in the HVAC and climate control field brings particular quirks that come with the job. Since the industry is so specific, conventions and expos can be crucial for anyone working in the HVAC industry, bringing together goldmines of industry expertise, training, networking, technology scouting, vendor research, and plenty of potential leads. Luckily there are several expansive and informative HVAC events held around the globe each year, providing a gateway for those in the field to gain first-hand knowledge, discover new ways to increase business, and arm themselves with the latest news and happenings in the world of HVAC.

Below are some local and well-attended HVAC conventions coming up in the next year. Some events are being held virtually this year due to the ongoing COVID crisis, but this list will be good to keep on hand once things return to normal and large events are able to have physical attendees again.

Navigating Turbulent Times, For Contractors by EGIA

Webinars (Free) & Virtual Training Sessions (Members Only)

Varying Dates in May/June 2020 (see links)

https://training.mycontractoruniversity.com/turbulent-times/

https://egia.org/member-benefits/business-education-training/event-calendar/

This series of webinars and virtual training sessions will be conducted by EGIA, the Electric & Gas Industries Association and taught by industry experts. ‘EGIA serves a rapidly-growing network of HVAC, Insulation, Windows, Solar and Geothermal contractors, regional distributors, product manufacturers and other trade allies,’ The virtual education series aims to keep professionals thriving during the current economic crisis.

ASHRAE 2020 – Austin, TX (Now Virtual)

June 22 – July 2nd, 2020

On-demand Technical Program: Available Monday, June 22

Live Four Day Event: Monday, June 29 - July 2

https://www.ashrae.org/conferences/ashrae-2020-virtual-conference

Originally the ‘American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE) conference was set to take place in Austin, TX this year, but it will now be held virtually. However, the information and new knowledge you’ll gain from industry experts and specialists will still be as relevant as ever, as ASHRAE has put together a comprehensive virtual schedule to keep attendees engaged and learning, whether they choose to watch live or log in to view the conference at a later date.
Virtual attendees will have access to 92 technical sessions (300 speakers), live sessions related to the COVID pandemic, virtual networking happy hours, updates from society leaders, live chats, Q&A, and much more!

Besides the June conference, ASHRAE actually has several more virtual conferences listed on their website, and a great perk is that they’re available to view for 18 months!

High-Performance HVAC Summit 2020

August 31 – Sept 3, 2020

Scottsdale, AZ

https://www.gotosummit.com/

For high-performance based contractors, this HVAC summit focuses on marketing, selling, and delivering high-performance HVAC systems. This year their theme is Coaching, where the summit aims to help you perfect your team through workshops and hands-on participation, ‘where you will experience advanced tests and calculations to diagnose and offer highly profitable system upgrades, just as your teams do in the field.’ You’ll also be invited to an idea meeting for lead generations and sales, as well as have the chance to attend an awards ceremony dedicated to the very best in HVAC.

Eastern Energy Expo

August 2020

Virtual, On Demand

https://easternenergyexpo.com/

In its fifth year, the Eastern Energy Expo (EEE) focuses on the energy and comfort industries, including wholesale and retail heating fuel marketers, propane marketers, and of course HVAC service professionals. This year, during the entire month of August, their expo will be virtual On Demand. Though the full schedule isn’t posted just yet, EEE hopes to give attendees the same rich experience online as if in person, with an interactive trade show filled to the brim with business and technical education programs, the ability to tour exhibits, chat with vendors, watch “live” seminars and business sessions, and much more.

AHR Expo

Jan 25 – 27, 2021

Chicago, IL

https://ahrexpo.com/

Known as the largest HVACR event, the AHR expo changes destinations every year and usually includes around 50 – 72,000 attendees and exhibitors, along with enormous exhibit halls ripe for exploration. Anyone who’s anyone in the HVAC industry shows up to AHR, be it manufacturers, engineers, software providers, product designers, installers, and plenty more in the field, showcasing and demonstrating the very best in HVACR-related products. In addition, thousands of products in more than 770 categories will be available, and you can keep the learning going with seminars taught by industry experts, podcast guests, and even garner professional certification opportunities!

ASHRAE Winter Conference

Jan 23 – 27, 2021

Chicago, IL

https://www.ashrae.org/conferences/2021-winter-conference-chicago

Taking place during the same weekend as the AHR Expo in Chicago, the ASHRAE Winter Conference technical program is a great opportunity for HVAC professionals to engage with leaders in the industry. This conferences’ goal is to find effective ways to reduce impact on the environment and energy use, ‘focusing on the foundations of the HVAC&R industry.’ Just a few of the programs scheduled are: Building Performance and Commissioning for Operation and Management, International Design, and Energy Conservation.

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Going to a trade show is an excellent way to network and mingle with other like-minded individuals, discover new innovative products, and grow your business. Portable Air is always seeking new ways to engage and grow with the industry. Let us know if there are any trade shows you’ve attended and enjoyed recently!

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, garnering essential supplies has become difficult, and the calls for wide-spread testing have increased the demand for screening tents. We want to do everything we can to assist in this crisis, and so far we have provided temporary air and power solutions to many emergency COVID-19 screening tents for healthcare facilities in Louisiana, Florida, and the greater Houston, TX area.

We realize that during this difficult time climate control for screening tents is more important than ever. Patients receiving their tests as well as healthcare workers deserve to be cool and comfortable, so that they’re free to focus on correct testing procedures, diagnosis, and treatment.

 

Portable Air is dedicated to working with our clients to solve specific problems. If you look to us for temporary air and power solutions, our sales team will be able to identify your based on the issues you’re facing, and will then be able to recommend a tailored plan that’s right for you. Once we’re aware of your requirements, our sales team will put together a quick and accurate quote with no hidden fees and 24/7 support.

In addition, our talented 24/7 team is ready to deliver, install, and configure your air and power solutions in one go. Let us know your time restraints and we’ll come prepared to tackle your project and solve any issues that arise, getting you up and running with climate control in one efficient trip.

 

Customers make a business thrive, and we can't thank our Portable Air customers enough. We recently had the opportunity to show our appreciation with customer events held in both Texas and Florida. We held these events at TopGolf, a fun driving range for golf-players of all skill levels, since it's such a unique way to entertain customers in a more casual and relaxed setting. Players hit microchipped golf balls that track accuracy and distance while they aim for the point-awarding targets in the field (just as fun as it sounds!) We managed to capture some of the good times on camera, too.

It was a blast to say the least, and the friendly competition made it all the more memorable. TopGolf was the perfect opportunity to share conversation and drinks, experience an amazing food buffet, and bring out the best in the people who make Portable Air the success that it is. It was wonderful to see everyone at the events and speak with our valued customers, so thank you to those who came out to see us. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Hopefully we'll see even more of you for our next event!

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