7 Benefits Of Portable Air Conditioners
Do you have exceptionally hot and or humid rooms in your office building, manufacturing plant or industrial warehouse? Installing one or more portable air conditioners can improve employee comfort and safety by providing cool air and dehumidifying the surrounding air. It is recommend that utilizing portable or mobile air conditioning units in offices, equipment rooms (for the cooling of electronic equipment), computer rooms (helps to reduce heat damage and malfunctions of computers), manufacturing workstations, loading docks, warehouses and even outdoor areas for happier and more productive workers.
1. Increases Productivity
According to a study by the International Center for Indoor Environment and Energy, improved thermal comfort can increase productivity by 5 to 10 percent. Conversely, for each 10 percent increase in thermal discomfort, employee productivity decreased 1 percent. This means that if your employees are too hot, they will not produce as much work, which could affect your business’ bottom line. In order to increase productivity, we recommend installing portable air conditioning units in conjunction with ceiling fans and workstation fans. This will help improve cooling and air circulation.
2. Dehumidify and Cool
Mobile air conditioning equipment will both dehumidify and cool the room in which they are placed. When the moisture content of the air is decreased, it can help the area feel cooler than the actual thermostat setting. Not to mention, most portable air conditioning units' water reservoirs do not need to be emptied via a bucket or drain. Instead, the moisture is evaporated and removed via the exhaust system.
3. Great for Spot Cooling
A portable air conditioner is great for spot cooling specific rooms and hot areas of varying sizes, depending on the size of the unit. For example, we have units that range in size from 1.1 to 10 tons. Our 1.1-ton air conditioners are perfect for cooling up to 400 square feet, which is great for an office or workstation, while our 10-ton air conditioning units can dehumidify and cool up to 4,000 square feet, which is perfect for warehouses, loading docks and machine shops.
4. Place Anywhere
Portable air conditioners can be placed anywhere where there is a window or existing exhaust air ducts. This is because there are only two requirements for a portable air conditioner. There must be a direct power supply via a wall outlet, and there must be a place to attach the exhaust hoses. Most larger units can be quickly connected to existing exhaust air ducts, while smaller units only require a window that opens, and for units connected to windows, the entire window is not covered. Instead, the hose and window insert, only occupy about six to eight inches of window space, which leaves the view intact.
5. Easily Movable
As your cooling needs change within the building, you can move your portable air conditioners from rooms that no longer need extra cooling to rooms that are too hot. All you have to do is disconnect the electrical cord from the power outlet and the exhaust hoses and reconnect them in the new room. If the room where the portable air conditioner was removed still needs air flow, fans can be installed in order to improve airflow and prevent stuffy, stagnant air.
6. Reduces Instances of Heat Stress
According to the CDC, employees that work around hot equipment and in hot environments, including warehouse workers, bakery employees, boiler room employees and factory workers, are at an increased risk for heat stress and heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke, heat exhaustion, cramps and rashes. Employees who are over the age of 65, have certain illnesses or are overweight are also more susceptible to heat stress than other demographics. Installing portable air conditioners around machinery workstations and in hot rooms can help prevent heat-related illnesses by decreasing the temperature around the workstation and removing excess humidity.
7. Affordable and Energy Efficient
Modern portable air conditioners are extremely affordable when compared to purchasing a new central air conditioner or upgrading your current central air conditioner to a unit that has more capacity. For example, if you have a garage or warehouse where the doors are left open during business hours, you wouldn’t want to supply cool air from a central unit since it would just exit out your open doors and possibly trigger the unit to work longer and harder to compensate for the escaping air, but placing one or more portable air conditioning units near the areas where employees spend the most time can help keep the space comfortable while not dramatically increasing your energy bills.
To learn more about our portable air conditioning units and place an order, give us a call at 866.727.1060 or request a quote.