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Choosing the right temporary heating solution

Choosing the right temporary heating solution

On construction sites, sudden changes in outside temperature, failures in temperature control systems or increased heat demands may necessitate a temporary heating solution.

According to Kurt Edwards, Power and HVAC manager at Coates, much of the support provided by Coates helps customers resolve these types of issues.

“When customers are operating in temporary workspaces or with temperature-sensitive materials, temporary heating systems are often needed to help get the job done,” he says. “For example, most will know that chemical products produce heat as they ‘go off’ but these processes also require a suitable environment to get started.”

“This is where heating systems can be used as a safety line to meet production deadlines.”

Ventilation is also important in chemical applications, especially when fresh air and exhaust systems are required, as low outside temperatures can put additional loads on heating equipment. “We can introduce complex controls to maintain stable temperatures and optimal ventilation conditions regardless of outdoor temperature fluctuations,” says Edwards.

Temporary event spaces often require heating solutions too, particularly in marquees or halls that aren’t geared for climate control. “When the temperature drops, various heating products can be hired to maintain a comfortable temperature,” says Edwards. “Our solutions specialists can advise on the most suitable equipment for your requirements.”

How can a temporary heating solution help?

Temporary heating solutions can be configured in a variety of different ways to help customers:

  • Rapidly deploy a heating system following an equipment fault or breakdown;
  • Provide heat to meet personnel safety standards;
  • Support manufacturing and industrial applications that require fluids to be heated;
  • Create the optimal environment for working with temperature-sensitive products and materials;
  • Speed up processes like industrial drying and curing;
  • Create a comfortable climate for temporary venues and large open-plan working areas; and
  • Integrate additional heating with existing infrastructure where greater capacity is required.

Designing the right heating solution

There are some important factors to consider when designing temporary heating solutions:

Heating requirement – The choice of heating products depends on the size of the area to be heated and the temperature range that needs to be maintained. “Consider the use and construction of the space, how quickly you need to get it to temperature, and outdoor temperature variations,” says Edwards.

Capacity and scalability – Temporary heating requirements may be shaped by the capacity of existing temperature control systems. “Short or long-term, Coates can supply a customised temporary solution to increase your heating capacity,” says Edwards.

Integration – Do temporary heating solutions need to integrate with existing infrastructure? “Many of Coates’ products work seamlessly alongside customers’ permanent temperature control systems, bringing additional capacity without the need for complex installation or integration,” says Edwards.

Air quality – Industrial processes that emit fumes have a significant ventilation requirement. A reliable supply of fresh air is also needed when large numbers of people gather in an enclosed space – how can project teams meet this need?

Space and noise – Diesel and gas-fired furnaces provide relatively easy and low-cost heat but may not be suitable for indoor use due to the fumes emitted, so Coates’ electric blower heaters provide a clean alternative. Noise is another factor, depending on where and when the heating solution needs to operate.

Cost and efficiency – Accurately scoping and understanding heating, ventilation and power requirements is key to designing an efficient and affordable temporary solution.

What products can be used to create a temporary heating solution?

Coates continues to grow its range of hire-ready heating products to meet customer demand, with a fleet that now includes:

  • Custom 21kW electric blower heaters – high-powered heaters that double as load banks for testing electrical equipment or commissioning cooling systems.
  • Hot water boilers – versatile units that can be combined with air handling units to heat large spaces or used with fluid heat exchangers to manage fluid temperatures. Customers can hire single units up to 500kW, or multiple units to create megawatt heating systems.
  • Packaged air conditioners – units with up to 100kW capacity for ventilation and heating needs that are quiet and easy to install for rapid deployment.
  • Air handling units single units with up to 300kW capacity or arranged in parallel to scale-up heating systems. They can recirculate air indoors for quick heating or provide high volumes of tempered fresh air from outside.
  • Custom-built heat pump chillers, pumps and heat exchangers units for year-round thermal control. They are ideal for shoulder months, when heating may be required overnight and some cooling during the day.
Coates’ packaged air conditioners for heating or ventilation.
Coates’ packaged air conditioners for heating or ventilation.

“The breadth of Coates’ fleet enables us to provide efficient and cost-effective heating solutions for a diverse customer base with diverse needs,” says Edwards. “This is backed by the deep product and industry knowledge of our mechanical and electrical engineering team, and field staff including solutions specialists and maintenance personnel.”

“Urgency is common for temporary heating solutions. With branches in key locations across Australia, Coates provides the fast and responsive service that customers need.”

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