Portable air conditioning has been in Australia for over 40 years and has seen exceptional growth due to its easy install, temporary nature and outstanding efficiency.Most people don’t realise that portable air conditioners vary in size from 3kW to a huge 20kW making them highly versatile. They have wheels for easy maneuvering and even the large 20kW unit can be wheeled through a standard doorway. The majority plug into standard 10amp sockets and vent their hot air through temporary ducting.Due to their versatility and ease of use, portable air conditioners are used in places you would never think of; off-shore oil rigs, crane cabs, war ships, prisons, mental health units, dog kennels, air craft, super computers, exclusive VIP events…the list is endless! A 4.5kW unit was even used to keep the Queen cool when she stayed at Kirribilli House back in 2006! Portable air conditioners are also used in the more mundane, but equally important, offices, retail, hospitality, construction, manufacturing, mining and emergency camps.Additionally, as the reliance on IT ever increases, temporary portable air conditioners are now the default choice for keeping server rooms cool during scheduled maintenance or in emergency breakdowns.So although most people think they know air conditioners, there are a few things they should be aware of when hiring them for commercial or industrial use.
There are also a few tricks for new players. The key to an efficient portable air conditioner is removing the heat as quickly as possible. Try to avoid putting the hot air back into the existing air conditioning system as the heat will enter one part of the room but appear in another.
Additionally, portable air conditioners should generally not be used on double adaptors or power boards due to their electrical draw.
As well as technical requirements, softer factors are equally important when hiring a portable air conditioner: