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NOT ALL EQUIPMENT IS EQUAL
Equipment matters as well, Thornton
says. " An upright vertical package that
goes right in line with the sidewalls
of the tent gives a nice seamless
look inside. It produces just like a
standard AC would at your house. "
However, he adds, " If it's a big
speaking engagement, with a lot of
speeches or people talking inside, the
vertical uprights might not be the best
scenario. In that case, we'd set up an air
conditioner just outside the tent and
duct it inside the tent. All of the sound of
the air conditioning would be outside;
inside, you'd just hear a little breeze. "
The larger an event becomes, the
more complex the heating and cooling
system that's required, says Benz. " For
a smaller tent, you maybe can use a
simple stand-alone air conditioner, for
example, " he says. " But if you get into
huge structures, you might need water
chillers and air handlers to supply the
amount of airlow you will need. "
Other factors?
" If you do a clear top or a translucent
top, it can almost double the cooling
power you're going to need compared to
a solid white blackout top, " Benz says.
" I've done weddings where they didn't
want any ducts coming through the wall, "
he adds. " They wanted everything to come
up through the loor, which may require
you to add more equipment to get the
proper amount of air distribution. "
If a large air-conditioning system is
overkill, L.B. White Co. LLC, an Onalaska,
Wisc.-based company that made its
name in agricultural heating and
portable temporary heaters, has come
out with a portable evaporative cooler
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Aggreko Event Services provided the cooling
units for this event. Daryl Benz, national
event specialist for Aggreko, says event
planners need to be careful not to underestimate
the costs and amount of heating or
cooling they might need. Photo courtesy of
Aggreko Event Services.
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