Temporary HVAC systems come in handy in many situations. It is widely used throughout the country in hospitals, schools, offices, industries and homes for taking care of one’s temporary heating or cooling needs. Hospitals may need it to continue providing critical health-care emergency services during natural disasters. Schools might need cooling solutions during the summer months or heating solutions in those cold winter months. Offices might need them for special outdoor events. Homeowners might need them when their house has been flooded.
A good heating ventilation and cooling system is the need of the hour for everyone. But a breakdown of one’s HVAC can lead to big losses for businesses and the industrial sector. A professional contractor can instantly arrange for the installation of a temporary HVAC system in such situations.
Just imagine what could happen when a hurricane hits a town and the only medical center providing emergency services is flooded with water with all its electrical systems down. The medical equipments cannot be used in such a situation. The HVAC systems are not working. Furthermore, a hospital is supposed to be a place where diseases caused by different microorganisms are cured. But with the flood water entering the hospital building, disease causing contaminants are all over the place. In such a scenario, a temporary HVAC contractor company can help in drying out the water, restoring the use of the essential medical equipment and in providing the temporary HVAC facilities.
Disaster relief and breakdown of the usual HVAC system are only two of the situations where temporary HVAC can come in handy. Schools often rent temporary heating systems for the winter months and temporary cooling systems for the summer months. What’s more, there are indoor and outdoor events for which temporary HVACs are often used in schools.
Offices need it to cater to their needs in case of a breakdown of their permanent heating and cooling systems. They need these systems to help provide cooling and heating when outdoor seminars and office parties are organized.
So temporary HVACs indeed have manifold uses. Now what are the equipments which you can rent for your temporary heating, ventilation and cooling needs? You can rent air conditioners, air handlers, chillers, cooling towers, spot coolers, dehumidifiers, heaters, heat exchangers, boilers and generators. All these different equipments can be rented for providing temporary heat and temporary coolness for your homes, offices and warehouses.
There are many temporary HVAC products available for rental or for purchasing. However, there are a lot of factors which need to be considered in renting or purchasing temporary HVAC unit and using them safely. We will outline some of the factors here.
Check out various temporary service providers to find out who understands your temporary HVAC needs the best and who can provide you with the best solutions. Visit at least 3 to 4 service providers if you are thinking of renting a HVAC unit.
Ask each HVAC service provider for references. Follow up on these references to find out if any of these customers had any problems with the service provider. If there were any issues, probe the reasons for the problems and find out whether the service provider was able to resolve them or not.
Clearly specify to each contractor the area which needs cooling or heating. If the cooling or heating requirements are for a medical center or hospital, the temporary HVAC unit should be such that it can handle the cooling and heating needs throughout the hospital. The IAQ or Indoor Air Quality is very important in a hospital setting. An experienced and qualified contractor will anyway know these factors but make sure you specify to the service provider that infection control is very important for you.
Similarly if the temporary HVAC is required for an educational setting, the requirements will be different. Although indoor air quality is important in every setting, the requirements will be more towards protecting the students from extreme heat or extreme cold weather. This will help the students and teachers to continue with their lessons without any interruptions.
Make sure you specify to the service provider the duration of use of the temporary HVAC. If it is for an event, specify the amount of days or hours that the event will go on. Specify the setting where the event is going to take place. If it is outdoors, the HVAC equipment would be different than if the event is being organized in an indoor setting. If you need cooling solutions for the event, it will also vary depending on the area. An experienced HVAC contractor can help you calculate the total area which needs HVAC and suggest the right equipment for it. You do not want too much cooling or too less heating at the event. For a hall, it would be different than it would be for an auditorium. If there are heat-generating sources present at the event, then more cooling will be needed. If the event is mainly a night time event, then cooling requirements will be less.
If you are thinking of buying temporary HVAC units, then visit at least two or three showrooms before picking the right product for your self. If you want to buy a table fan for your porch, make sure it will provide adequate cooling and circulation in that area of your house where you need it. If you want a ceiling fan in your house to take care of your cooling needs in the summers, make sure that it will provide the adequate effect depending on the size of the room and the location of the room in the house. Make sure that it has a good motor and it can handle at least three speeds.
Cost is definitely one of the most important factors which will determine what kind of equipment you can rent or purchase for your temporary needs. Depending on your budget you might think of installing an air conditioner in your house to take care of the cooling needs in the summers. Or you might just want to purchase a fan. If you are looking at installing HVAC units at your office, it will again depend on a lot of factors. If the office has heat-sensitive equipment such as computers, then you will need a good cooling air conditioner for the office setting.
If you are renting a temporary HVAC unit, make sure you clearly ask the service provider about the costs involved. If you need the unit for seasonal heating, then make sure that the service provider provides you with an exact and not a rough estimate of the total charges. Compare the total cost-estimate provided by the different service providers. It may not be necessary that the service provider charging you less is the right one. But at the same time you should consider your budget before deciding to rent a temporary HVAC. You do not want to rent a unit which you cannot afford. But at the same time you do not want to rent a unit which does not provide you with the required HVAC.
Always consider the quality of your indoor air. Make sure that the equipment does not lead to deterioration of indoor air quality. It should in fact improve the quality of your indoor air by throwing out the unclean air from your house and should circulate fresh outside air inside the house.
If you are using a unit which tends to emit smoke or gases, then make sure that a window or door is left slightly open. This will prevent the build up of these harmful gases inside the room.
Make sure that the unit is kept at a place where it is safe. Since most temporary HVAC units are usually portable systems, make sure that they are kept at a safe distance from combustible and flammable items. Otherwise they can easily catch fire and lead to a mishap.
Make sure that the unit which you select is safe for you, your family and especially for your children. Ask the service provider or the salesman about the safety considerations involved in operating or using the unit. Although all HVAC units have their own advantages and disadvantages, safety should always be one of the major factors in selecting a unit.
If you are getting the unit installed in your house, be extra careful with pets and children. Children are very curious and may want to touch or may attempt to operate the unit. If they are old enough to understand your instructions, then instruct them not to touch them at all. If they are not old enough to understand your instructions, then the best possible solution is to keep the unit in a place where they cannot reach it.
Also always makes sure that the temporary HVAC units are used according to instructions given in their usage manual. Attempting to use them in haphazard or careless manner can lead to unwanted mishaps.
Avoid using heating devices which emit smoke if you have any existent respiratory problems such as asthma. It can trigger off an asthmatic attack.
Temporary HVAC is definitely something that more and more people are going for nowadays to take care of their heating, ventilation and cooling needs. It can be for seasonal needs or it can be for an event. Whatever be the requirement, they can indeed solve your problems if they are carefully selected and operated.