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This L.B. White unit provides heating for
tented events. The proper temperature in
a tent is all about air circulation, says Chris
Smith, company vice president, who recommends
the use of a stir fan to blow air around.
Photo courtesy of L.B. White Co.
says. " If it's just a speaking engagement,
with not a lot of people moving around,
there won't be a lot of people generating
heat. But other activities that might
generate more heat need different
accommodations.
" The biggest thing is the actual date
of the event, " he adds. " For example, for
a June wedding on a Saturday with the
whole thing from noon to 10 p.m., I irst
need to ind out the average temperature
on that date for that location. If it's in
the state of Florida, that could be 90
degrees. From there, I'll igure out what
type of tent you're using, what the square
footage is. "
According to Thornton, by Portable
Air calculations, every 100 square feet
of tent requires one ton of air. " If it's 90
degrees outside, I'm going to be able
to maintain a 72-degree temperature
inside, " he says. " It doesn't matter if
the doors are open or what's going
on inside.
" You also need to plan for the number
of people who are going to be inside, "
he notes. " So another rule that I use is
every additional 33 people requires
another ton. If there are 300 people
coming, I'll need at least another 10 tons
on top of whatever the square footage
calls for. "
PANDEMIC REQUIRES BETTER AIR EXCHANGE
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anufacturers and vendors of climate control equipment faced challenges in 2020 because of
the pandemic, mainly because any system pumping air into a space was automatically suspect.
" It was hard, " says Tina Behnke, chief experience offi cer at AirPac Inc., Front Royal, Va. " It was really hard. "
Initially, with so much shut down, there was not much call for climate control services. But then, as
the need for COVID-19 screening increased, AirPac started servicing such activities. " We needed to be
sure to make the air as clean as possible, " Behnke says. " For example, we added UVC [ultraviolet-C]
germicidal lights to the air intake on our heat pumps; as air is being circulated it is also being sanitized
because it comes across the UVC lights. We had to do whatever we could to modify our product
offerings, so we were doing everything possible to make the environment as safe as it could be for
guests and event staff inside the tent. "
Before COVID-19, companies designed climate control in tents strictly based on how much heating
and cooling was needed. But with the pandemic, the number of air changes is an important factor, says
Daryl Benz, national event specialist for Aggreko Event Services in Houston, Texas.
" Before, one or two air changes wasn't a big deal for a temporary structure, " he says. " With COVID,
you need at least four to six air changes. You don't necessarily increase the amount of cooling; you
increase the amount of ventilation. "
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