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HVAC EFFICIENCY FOR HIRE


Andrews Sykes’ UK HVAC & Specialist Hire Sales Director, Carl Webb, outlines the importance of getting the most from your HVAC arrangement and the advantages of doing so.


With businesses across the UK becoming increasingly mindful about promoting the concept of energy efficiency, acquiring temporary, economical HVAC solutions has never been a bigger priority for most organisations.


Facilities managers and those responsible for maintaining the property of a client or third party share a common goal when it comes to increasing efficiency – and there are various reasons for this.


In many instances, it is more cost-effective to source HVAC units for a set period of time rather than purchase them outright. When this is the case – and there are many scenarios where it might be – the onus is on those responsible for your budget to procure the required kit without overspending on fuel or manpower. Increasing the efficiency of any climate control hire package is therefore crucial. But how do you guarantee value for money?


“Investing capital funds on a large unit that has been designed for an


application far bigger than the area in which it has been deployed is extremely counterproductive.”


Firstly, project managers must ensure they obtain the most appropriate unit, or series of units, for the task at hand. Failure to address this point will have far-reaching ramifications and almost certainly become a financial burden at a later stage.


It is futile to install a new high-efficiency boiler – even on a temporary basis – if it has not been sized correctly beforehand. Bigger is not always better, despite what we’re sometimes led to believe. In fact, investing capital funds on a large unit that has been designed for an application far bigger than the area in which it has been deployed is extremely counterproductive. Rather than save you money, a boiler arrangement like this will actually lead to higher energy costs even if the unit itself boasts economical specifications and functionality.


To avoid this, it is advisable that a specialist engineer is consulted before any equipment is commissioned on your premises. All dependable HVAC rental companies should offer free site surveys on a nationwide basis with technicians on hand to recommend the best course of action – securing customer peace of mind.


Before a boiler is fitted, the hot water needs of a client should be evaluated by an expert to ensure the unit performs to expectations once connected. This assessment will include a heat loss calculation and it is


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important the entire process is conducted properly in order to amplify overall efficiency. These considerations must all be taken prior to installation.


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 may otherwise not be possible if no such plan existed.


Every facilities manager will be aware that it is your reputation among clients that preserves relationships and ultimately yields additional business, so there’s no excuse for failing to take precautions.


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 or supplementary equipment within a quick turnaround time is vital and will save you significant sums via salvaged productivity and labour.


By arranging a reliable contingency service, you safeguard against any unfortunate situation that might lead to your customer’s business being negatively impacted. This will also prevent panic setting in should adversity strike, as following a succinct plan of action eliminates uncertainty and accelerates any necessary recovery.


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.


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