Industrial Air Conditioners

Industrial air conditioners are designed to keep people and equipment cool in hot working conditions. They are available in various types such as air and water cooled, split, portable, and wall and trailer mounted. They also come in a wide range of sizes along with optional performance features. Industrial air conditioners may be used in various types of environments such as computer rooms, telecommunications, hospitals, kitchens, ships, aircraft pre-launches, shipping/receiving docks, offices, shopping malls, laboratories, and factories. Industrial air conditioners also service a wide range of heavy-duty commercial and military applications.

Industrial air conditioners serve an integral need in reversing air contamination, humidity levels and controlling extreme fluctuations in temperatures that can affect manufacturing and other processes.

Almost all types of industrial and commercial air conditioners use the same method of cooling. A basic air conditioner uses five different mechanical components which are the compressor, the fan, the condenser coil, the evaporator coil, and the chemical refrigerant. Most types of industrial air conditioners will also have some additional components such as specialized filters for removing pollutants and noxious gases from the air, sparkles fans and explosion-proof motor housings. These items all work together to transfer heat from the inside of a building to the outside. Air conditioners have a hot side (outside/venting apparatus) and a cool side (the air conditioner). In general, the shorter the distance is between the cool side and hot side of the unit the more efficient the air conditioner will be.

Air-cooled models require a single exhaust duct and are ideal solutions for computer server rooms and offices. Water cooled systems are connected to an external water source. They require no exhaust ducts and are ideal in facilities that are equipped with central cooling towers. Split systems are designed to handle medium sized cooling requirements in offices, conference rooms, and lobbies, etc.

When you are selecting an industrial air conditioner you should take into consideration the unit's BTU rating as air conditioner capacity is rated in BTUs (British Thermal Units). A BTU is essentially the amount of heat energy that it takes to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree F. In the U.S., air conditioner manufacturers also describe air conditioning power in terms of tons and watts. A ton refers to the cooling power of 2000 lbs. of ice melting over a 24-hour period. One ton is equal to 12,000 BTU per hour or 3510 watts. A typical industrial air conditioner will usually have a capacity of about 60 ton/180kW. Make sure that the air conditioner you are considering is strong enough to fulfill your needs.

If you don't have money in the budget to purchase and install and air conditioner, you may want to think about renting an air conditioner. Air conditioner rentals are relatively inexpensive and they can allow you and your co-workers to keep cool on the hottest days of the year.


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