Conklin is marketing and sales leader for the Rental Services business of Trane. He works with clients in the education, industrial and health care sectors, providing them with temporary heating, cooling, and power-generation systems. Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, is also a leading HVAC rental services provider with more than 25 rental stocking locations nationwide.
School districts have known for quite some time that temporary equipment can assist in passing the tests of renovations or the pop quizzes of unexpected equipment failure. The lesser-known lesson is that having the plan in place can save significant time and money on top of the equipment’s basic benefits.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.