Get Cooling Systems Ready For Summer Heat, Advises Dallas Spot Cooler Company Tip Sheet

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A good "spring cleaning" helps prepare air conditioners for the hot Texas summer, says Portable Rental Solutions.

People may joke about the lazy days of summer, but cooling systems work hard when temperatures rise.

With Texas in the grip of one of the worst droughts in 500 years, residents need to prepare their cooling systems for another summer of extreme temperatures, says Shane McCourt, regional sales manager for Portable Rental Solutions, a leading provider of portable spot coolers. McCourt has prepared a checklist to help companies ensure optimum performance from their HVAC systems.

"People may joke about the lazy days of summer, but cooling systems work hard when temperatures rise," says McCourt. "Spring is the best time to do preventative maintenance that will help keep the system operating efficiently and avoid expensive repairs later."

He offers the following tips for HVAC spring cleaning and maintenance:

1. Change the air filters. Clean filters improve air quality and circulate air more efficiently so the air conditioning system doesn't have to work as hard.

2. Check refrigerant levels. Refrigerant may leak from the unit even when it's not in use. Too much or too little refrigerant affects the system's operating efficiency and increases energy costs.

3. Clean the outside of the unit. Check the unit thoroughly and remove any debris like sticks and small branches that could damage the fan and other components. Be sure to clean the unit's coils as well: dirty coils don't cool as efficiently, so the system has to run longer to cool the area.

4. Check the condensation drain to make sure it's working properly. A clogged drain can overflow and cause water damage, unpleasant odors, and increase humidity levels inside.

5. Have a backup plan in case of unit failure. Even with regular maintenance, cooling systems may still fail due to age or mechanical problems.

Cooling systems that appear to be working normally under moderate conditions may fail during the hottest part of summer when temperatures top 100 degrees. McCourt says. "Problems often happen at the absolute worst time: temperatures spike, marginal systems fail, repair companies are stretched thin, and the people inside the building are miserable."

Companies with a plan for emergency cooling systems can react quickly and avoid business disruptions. "Know your system and have a backup plan in case of a failure," advises McCourt.

About Portable Rental Solutions

Portable Rental Solutions provides portable air conditioning units, evaporative "swamp coolers," dehumidifiers and HEPA air scrubbers, as well as a range of portable heating equipment to businesses that have a short-term or emergency need for additional HVAC equipment.

The company’s self-contained air conditioning units roll into place on casters and feature simple installation, allowing them to direct cold air to a hot spot that needs cooling. The company’s products are ETL listed for safety and are environmentally friendly.

Portable Rental Solutions can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For more information, call Portable Rental Solutions at 800-699-8998 or visit their web site at

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