Spot Coolers for Rent: 3 Things to Know to Rent the Right Unit

Renting spot coolers for events, seasonally, or for the duration of a project can offer many benefits – from cost savings to greater productivity. The key is to rent the right spot cooler unit for your needs. Here are some tips to find the optimal unit.

3 Things You Should Know Before Renting a Spot Cooler

#1. What Size Unit Do You Need?

At Cooling Power, we offer spot coolers for rent that range in size from 1 ton to 10 tons (12,000 BTU to 120,000 BTU) with voltages ranging from 115 voltage / 1 pH / 60 Hz all the way to 480 voltage / 3pH / 60 Hz.

So, how do you know which is the best unit size for you? And will one large unit or several smaller units work better at getting the job done?

For reference, a spot cooler that provides adequate cool air for one to two people is around 10,000 BTU to 14,000 BTU. Add more people to the equation, and you’re going to need more tons to keep temperatures cool. In addition, the natural temperature of a space will influence how big of a unit you need. For instance, if temps regularly exceed 105 °F, you’ll need a more powerful unit, perhaps something in the 34,000 BTU + range.

Other influencing factors:

  • Ceiling height
  • What are you cooling off – people, equipment, machinery?
  • How large of a space are you trying to cool off?
  • Will the unit be placed inside or outside?

Learn more about finding the right size unit for your needs.

Need more guidance? Contact us today, we are more than happy to help.

#2. Air Cooled vs Water Cooled Units

There are two different options: water-cooled units and air-cooled units. The ideal option for your circumstances depends on your access to water hookups and the average temperature of the space you are aiming to cool. Areas that get very hot tend to do better with a water-cooled spot cooler, while areas that see more moderate temperatures (don’t usually exceed 100°F) may be just fine with an air-cooled unit.

Air cooled units operate by blowing air over the evaporator coil, while water cooled units run water over the evaporator coil. With a water-cooled unit, you will need a water source to hook up the unit.

Since air-cooled units do not require a water source, they are more flexible and easier to install but they don’t offer the same power in high heat environments.

Learn more about the differences between air cooled and water cooled spot coolers

#3. Is On-Site Servicing Offered?

Not only do you want to find the right unit(s) for your needs, it’s equally important to find an equipment rental company that’ll stand behind their products and offer 24/7 customer support, on-site servicing, load testing and more.

Even the most perfectly paired unit won’t do its job right if it isn’t properly set up or working. If you cannot contact the company who owns the unit, what good will that do you? That’s why at Cooling Power we are available around the clock for our customers.

Additional questions to ask before renting just any spot cooler:

  • Will the unit easily connect to a standard 115 voltage outlet?
  • Is there a built-in condensate pump and emergency shut-off switch?
  • Can it be used with a water tower to reduce water waste?
  • Is there are a thermostatic valve that’ll allow for a large range of temperature control?
  • Is the unit easy to use and set up?