To provide temporary cooling in institutional and commercial facilities, maintenance and engineering managers have the option of renting or buying specific pieces of equipment. Either option works well for most applications — as long as managers do not wait until an outage occurs.
Based on the critical applications managers identify and the required cooling load for each application, managers can purchase a number of the units in advance, or they can develop a contract to rent the units. Such preplanning can eliminate wasted time trying to find units to buy or rent when an outage occurs, and it can eliminate any resulting losses or damage to equipment.
Facilities most often rent the largest temporary cooling units. Here, too, managers can make arrangements ahead of time that will guarantee unit availability, timely delivery and proper installation.
James Piper, P.E., is a national consultant based in Bowie, Md., with more than 25 years of experience in facility maintenance and engineering issues.
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