Andrews Sykes’ HVAC Sales Director, Carl Webb, reviews the importance of energy efficiency and maximising the effect of a temporary climate control solution
With British companies becoming increasingly committed to conserving energy wherever possible, the acquisition of economical short-term operational equipment – including HVAC systems – has become a main priority for many businesses.
Facilities managers, plant supervisors and industrial resource owners all share a common objective when it comes to increasing efficiency, and there are various reasons for this. In the modern day, decision makers are constantly being made aware of the many ways in which efficiency can be boosted within the workplace.
But have you ever considered that the plant equipment currently in place within your facility could be outdated or even defective? An ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ mantra often inhibits proactivity when it comes to making positive changes and this unquestionably holds some organisations back.
The concept of efficiency should be ingrained in the approach of any company with aspirations of succeeding in their industry – and the reasons for this are endless. Whether you’re looking to save money via reduced energy costs, lower operating costs or by carrying out fewer repairs on obsolete equipment, there’s no doubt that being energy conscious can lead to noticeable savings.
Generally speaking, it’s more cost-effective to hire HVAC units for the period of time in which they are required instead of purchasing them outright. In such instances – and there are plenty of scenarios where this might be applicable – it is the duty of those responsible for budgets to procure the necessary kit without overspeculating on manpower or fuel. Increasing the efficiency of any climate control hire package is therefore crucial. So, how do you get value for money?
Firstly, project managers must ensure they get the most appropriate unit, or series of units, for the assignment in question. Failure to address this point will have far-reaching consequences and almost certainly become a financial burden further down the line.
There is no point installing a new high-efficiency boiler – even on a short-term basis – if it has not been correctly sized beforehand. Having a larger unit is not always better. On the contrary, investing capital funds on a high capacity unit that has been designed for an application far bigger than where it has been deployed is extremely counterproductive. Rather than save you money, a boiler arrangement like this will actually lead to energy costs rising even if the unit itself boasts economical specifications and functionality.
To avoid this, it is advisable that a trained technician is consulted prior to any equipment being commissioned on your premises. Arranging a site assessment in advance guarantees peace of mind and enables a qualified engineer to guide you towards the best solution for your unique circumstances.
Before connecting a boiler, your client’s hot water requirements should be calculated by an expert to ensure the unit performs to the expected level once it has been set up. This process will include a heat loss calculation and it is important the entire procedure is professionally overseen to maximise efficiency. These steps must be carried out before installation takes place.
Another crucial yet often overlooked factor in maximising efficiency within the field of HVAC is to have a tangible contingency plan in case things go wrong. By activating a backup strategy when disaster strikes, a company can limit hampering disruption and maintain a level of productivity that would be impossible if no such plan was in place.
A faltering heating system, for example, may one day break down completely and leave your business unable to achieve expected output targets. In such scenarios, having the ability to acquire replacement equipment within a quick turnaround time is absolutely vital and will save you thousands of pounds in salvaged productivity and labour.
By arranging a reliable contingency service, you safeguard against any unfortunate situation that could lead to the continuous operation of your business being harmed. This will also prevent panic setting in if and when adversity strikes, as following a succinct plan of action eliminates uncertainty and accelerates a recovery when necessary.
As far as heating, air conditioning and ventilation are concerned, there are countless advantages of obtaining highly efficient equipment when things go wrong – with a reduction in energy costs perhaps being the most obvious.
High capacity indirect fired heaters are perfect for large open areas and will even recirculate warm air safely and inexpensively. This type of unit has been specifically designed to deliver large volumes of clean, dry air without incurring the extortionate running costs you might associate with such a product.
Similarly, temperature-critical environments like data centres and server rooms may require emergency cooling if their existing equipment fails. This may happen completely unexpectedly but there will also be occasions where organised maintenance stipulates the need for an alternative cooling solution.
For either purpose, portable air conditioners with high efficiency ratings are the most suitable option. Even larger applications may benefit from the deployment of heat pump chillers which feature inverter technologies and heat recovery capabilities – optimising performance and limiting running costs via reduced energy consumption.
To ensure you get the most from any HVAC hire, a customer must take a number of variables into account which, when combined, lead to substantial cost savings. The type and size of your equipment, nature of the application and the availability of equipment, a power source and a trained technician will all contrive to affect the efficiency of a project – underlining the importance of selecting a trusted supplier.
One of the most understated benefits of renting a climate control solution, though, is not having to concern yourself with any maintenance or repair works. As part of any contract you have in place with your provider, their technicians should be on call 24 hours a day to support you in the event of a breakdown.
When a fixed system undergoes a period of planned upkeep, the installation of durable yet economical units represent the perfect replacement. This arrangement guarantees the implementation of a comfortable environment until either the scheduled repairs have been completed or the requirement otherwise ends.
Outdoor temperatures may fluctuate on a day-to-day basis and heating and hot water requirements often vary, but a rapid response to emergencies or planned maintenance work will ensure your business continues to function in line with typical expectations.