Portable heating and cooling equipment in greater demand
Manufacturers of portable heating and cooling equipment are reporting increasing demand for their products. Last winter was one of the coldest on record and this summer is only just starting to heat up; weather forecasters believe that this summer will be extremely hot.
All of this is increasing the demand for HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) equipment. In recent years portable equipment has gone from being a luxury for wealthier people during extreme weather conditions, to a necessity in many situations.
Garth Tagge of Spot Coolers talked about some of the changes he has witnessed in the market: “I think of the evolution of portable HVAC equipment in the same vein as cable TV. When it was first introduced into the marketplace, cable was a luxury that many people wanted, but not all could justify. However, over time, cable TV has transformed itself from a luxury to a utility, similar to telephone or power.”
Tagge also explained how more people are using portable HVAC when repairing or renovating existing systems: “While not quite at that same level, portable air conditioning is now expected to be part of most a/c shutdowns, installations, or repair projects to provide either temporary or supplemental cooling while the main source is nonoperational.”
In the past, people would have simply tolerated cold or hot conditions while work was being carried out. Today this is no longer accepted. One of the reasons for this is the growth of IT in all businesses. Computer servers need to be cooled because overheating results in immediate shutdown. If an office experiences an air conditioning failure, portable air conditioning units must be installed and activated to help keep the servers cool.
Clark Michel of Atlas Sales & Rentals Inc. has also seen a growth in demand for their products in recent years, saying that interest in portables is becoming much stronger and this was great for business. Michel said: “This equipment has become widely accepted by contractors and building owners for a broader range of applications, both temporary and permanent.” He goes on to explain how the versatility of these products allows comfortable conditions to be maintained with relative ease when central systems have to be turned off.
Tina Behnke of AirPac Inc. has seen a slightly different trend. While interest in portables is increasing, the demand from server rooms and industrial plant applications has remained consistent. It is in construction that the biggest changes have been seen.
Behnke explained that: “Interest is emerging in rental markets for both air conditioners and heaters, where governmental and industry regulations dictate use of temporary air conditioning and heating during construction and the build-out phase of LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] and environmentally conscious construction projects.”
It seems that new government regulation has prompted a boom in the industry, at least for some suppliers.
The future of HVAC
The future of HVAC certainly looks promising. It is not clear, however, exactly where it is heading. David Keller of MovinCool believes that there is a growing shift in the need to cool rooms and service a new focus on cooling people. Keller believes that the future emphasis will be on portable units that provide more localized cooling.
Keller wishes to see improved standards to protect consumers. Currently it is difficult to know how well individual units perform, as some are far more efficient than others.
An electric problem
This highlights the biggest problem with portable heating and cooling – they all are run on electricity. Heating a room by electricity is considerably more expensive than using oil or gas.
Although all air conditioning is run on electricity, central systems are well designed to be efficient and use less electricity. Portable units use a lot of electricity and they do not always provide the best cooling option. Modern models, however, are becoming more energy efficient.
Portable units to last
The best portable heating and air conditioning units have a long lifespan, with many current models lasting for 15 to 20 years. This means that choosing the right appliance for your specific needs is more important than ever. These portable devices are a big investment but can get you out of trouble for many years to come.
In the long term it is usually better to have a fixed heating or cooling system installed in a home or office. Portable equipment is excellent for emergencies and to cope with extreme weather conditions, but they are not recommended in homes and offices as a replacement for standard central heating and air conditioning systems.
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