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WHY COOL YOUR WEDDING?
W
hen outdoor temperatures are expected to be high, it's
important to keep a tented event cool. Tina Behnke, chief
experience offi cer at AirPac Inc., shares four reasons why:
1. The bride: We've all heard of a blushing bride,
but a hot, sticky, sweaty bride? Enough said.
2. The guests: If you can't cool the entire tent, think
about having an area with spot coolers to keep the
elderly (and even the cranky) comfortable.
3. The food: To avoid illness from spoiled food, serve
food in optimum conditions and temperatures. Extreme
temperatures present a problem with presentation as well.
4. The fl owers: Most fl owers prefer temperatures between 65
and 75°F. Unless you have exotic tropicals, the fl owers you've
paid a pretty penny for will wilt before the event is over.
that works well for tents that only need
slight cooling. " The system wets a pad
and blows water over the pad, and it
takes the temperature down 10 degrees
or so, depending on the humidity, and it
blows cool air throughout the tent, " says
Chris Smith, vice president of marketing.
SYSTEM DESIGNED FOR
SMALLER TENTS
" So many bigger tents use big machines
that do both heating and cooling,
and they can get as big as a small
building, " Smith says. " Our system is
designed more for the smaller tent
that's up for maybe a weekend, and
our unit is just rolled in and out. "
Smith offers another tip: " One of
the problems people often have with a
tented event is that it's hot in one area
and cool in another. It's really about
the air circulation. Make sure you have
that air circulating. If there is a heater
or cooler set up in one corner, put a stir
fan down the road a little bit from it and
have it kind of blow the air around. Or,
instead of using one big unit use two
smaller units and separate them a bit. "
Also, aesthetics do matter at some
" It's not just the temperature that determines
how much cooling or heating you might need
for an event, " says Erik Thornton, senior account
manager at Portable Air, which installed cooling
equipment for this tented event. " It's what kinds
of activities that take place inside as well, " he
says. Photo courtesy of Portable Air.
events more than others. " There
are general rental companies that
have large trailer-mounted units, "
says Behnke. " You have ducts that go
into the tent that kind of look like an
octopus. Some people don't like that, so
that's not how we do it. AirPac offers a
more visually appealing alternative to
ducted air conditioning.
" Just remember, " Behnke says, " it's
all about making the environment
appealing and comfortable for your
guests. What will they remember when
they leave? You don't want it to be about
how miserable they were. "
Jeff Moravec is a freelance writer based
in Minneapolis, Minn.
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