Have you ever considered how much you rely on cooling in your building? If your facility’s cooling system quit working suddenly, how would it adversely affect your data centers, patient rooms, surgery suites, classrooms or manufacturing processes? How much would it cost you in a day, a week or a month?
Emergencies can come from mechanical breakdowns, weather phenomena or fires and occur at any time. To ensure you are prepared for an unplanned cooling outage, building owners should consider implementing a cooling contingency plan, which is nothing more than preparations made to your building or facility in advance of an emergency. However, building owners often don’t consider planning for cooling emergencies because either they don’t understand the importance of pre-planning or think an emergency “won’t happen to us.”
“Contingency planning is vital when your business cannot afford to be down,” says Ryan Whittaker, a marketing engineer for Trane Rental Services. “From hospitals and hotels to manufacturing, one day down can cost millions in production loss or upset customers.”
Since rental equipment comes in a variety of sizes from small, portable one-ton units that plug into a wall up to semi-trailer mounted, water-cooled machines that provide 1,000-plus tons of cooling, building owners have a number of options available to them to meet emergencies. Other rental options include rooftop units, air-handling units, cooling towers, boilers and generators. Industry experts agree that larger and more critical buildings and facilities require more complex plans.
When creating a cooling contingency plan, building owners should consider three things, Whittaker says.
Other considerations include:
Building and facility owners who recognize the need for a cooling contingency plan, who put a plan in place and identify an outside vendor to supply emergency cooling have placed themselves in a favorable position when an emergency strikes and likely will save their buildings thousands of dollars in unnecessary downtimes and human discomfort.
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