Climate control options

June 6, 2012 · Posted in Health 

There are various ways to cool an area down, when looking for cooling, it is helpful to know the best option for the area you are trying to cool before you start to shop around. Cooling equipment is expensive, and purchasing various items on trial and error can be an incredibly expensive exercise. Of course, once you have worked out the best solution for your area – hiring for a month to try the solution before buying a full installation can save thousands too!

The five main points for consideration when choosing equipment to cool an area are;

The size of the area to be cooled.

The temperature drop required in the area.

Whether the area is well insluated.

How much electricity is available.

How easy it is to make holes for ducting or pipes.

Number one, massive areas are probably going to be too expensive and power hungry for air conditioning. When the area is huge, ask yourself – ‘Will cooling fans suffice?’.

Second point, if you want to create a real temperature drop it has to be air conditioners. Fans only move the air around which can help people to feel cooler, but if you need the temperature in the area to sink significantly you have to have air conditioning.

When we come to point three, it’s a matter of thinking about point one again and considering the effect of the insulation on that size. The more poorly insulated an area is, the smaller it has to be for air conditioning to be effective. If it’s a draughty warehouse, or an area open to the elements, you need to go back to fans, air conditioning will burn itself out running and never switching off.

Point four, if you’re going to need a lot of air conditioners you are going to need a lot of power. Check your electricity supply can cope, if it can’t – look at fans and evaporative coolers.

Fifthly, can you drill holes in the building? If you’re renting then the answer might be no. If you have no opening windows you have a problem. If the room is in the centre of the building it might be an issue.

When all is said and done, cooling is harder than heating. As with anything this is reflected in the price, and getting it right first time is not only harder, but also more important.

To read more about selecting the best cooling solution for your application, please see the portable air conditioner guide

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