Everything you need to know about hiring an air conditioner/ air handler/ fluid chiller
An air conditioner is designed to dehumidify and remove heat from an area through a refrigeration cycle involving a condenser which removes heat from the system. Condensers are heat exchangers that can transfer heat to air or heat to fluid (such as water or glycol) to carry the heat away. An air handler or air handling unit (AHU) is used to condition and circulate air as part of a HVAC system. An air handler usually contains a blower, heating or cooling elements, filter racks or chambers, sound attenuators and dampers. Air handlers usually connect to ductwork that distribute the conditioned air through the building and return it to the AHU. A fluid chiller is a system that cools various fluids such as water, water/glycol or oil down to, or below, the ambient temperature. The cooling system, which consists of a chiller, pump, tank and electronic control, operates independently and highly accurately to a specific set point.
Types of air conditioners/ handlers and fluid chillers:
There are four different types of air conditioners including:
- Window air conditioner: This type is the most commonly used system for single rooms. In this air conditioner, a single box houses all the components, namely the condenser, evaporator, compressor, cooling coil, and expansion valve. A window air conditioner unit is fitted in a window sill or a slot in the room’s wall that is specially made for it.
- Split or ductless air conditioners: This system is called a “split” system because it is made up of two units: one indoor and one outdoor. The former houses the evaporator and cooling fan. The latter, meanwhile, houses the compressor, expansion valve, and condenser.
- Portable air conditioners: This is a variation of the unitary air conditioning system. This type has a mobile air conditioning system placed on the floor inside a room. It discharges exhaust heat through the exterior wall by means of a hose vent.
- Central air conditioning: This type of system makes use of a large compressor. The condensing unit is placed outside the establishment and contains the condensing fan, compressor, and condenser coil. The internal evaporative unit, consisting of the evaporator coil and expansion valve, is placed in the plenum of your furnace.
Air handlers are delivered in various case sizes with airflow from 0.2m³/s to 50m³/s. The larger the flow rate required, the larger the case size required. They are different air handlers to cater to indoor or outdoor, side by side or stack, roof or floor mounted AHUs.
How much does an air conditioner/ air handler/ fluid chiller cost to hire?
The cost of hiring an air conditioner/ air handler/ fluid chiller will depend on the type and size you require. The length of the project and if you require a wet or dry hire will also factor into the cost. If you are looking to hire an air conditioner/ air handler/ fluid chiller and would like some advice on which air device to hire for your project, you can reach out to our equipment hire experts on 1300 550 434, or by getting air conditioner/ air handler/ fluid chiller quotes online from local suppliers with PlantMiner.
We have a number of air conditioners/ air handlers/ fluid chillers available for hire across Australia as well. Select your city below for quotes: