Preventive maintenance (PM) plays an essential role in keeping your HVAC unit or units running smoothly and efficiently for years on end. Anticipating potential problems and issues upstream – before they occur – can save you big money and keep your tenants happy and productive.


Still, even the healthiest rooftop units can break down or even fail due to any number of factors. Geography and environmental conditions are prime examples; excessive seasonal temperatures or air quality issues could stress system parts and cause problems. Age is another; a 20-year-old unit in the best possible condition is still a 20-year-old unit nearing the end of its useful life.

As we work our way through the unusually cold weather and your unit malfunctions or fails during the cooler winter months (these brutal cold snaps in particular), you can’t afford to be without heat while parts are ordered, entire units are shipped, or technicians work through other appointments before getting to yours. You need heat now.

Thankfully, temporary heating solutions are available in cases like these. When HVAC units fail in the hot summer, temporary cooling is available through customized options. Likewise, Portable Air provides clients in retail, office spaces and industrial buildings, a temporary heating solution when units go offline during the winter. These solutions are anywhere from an indoor 1-ton heat pump that can be placed in service areas of a building that requires temporary heat, and plugged directly into a grounded wall outlet, up to 5 tons, which requires 240 volts of electricity to operate (similar to a residential clothes dryer) and therefore require different power outlets. There are even larger options that we can have a turnkey solution for up to 50 tons in a single footprint!

When it comes to implementing a temporary heating solution, logistics are always the key consideration and challenge – particularly ventilation. To install temporary heating in an interior space, that space must have access to proper ventilation. In cases where a drop ceiling exists, installing a smokestack-style ductwork from the unit to an exterior venting spot. In buildings without drop ceilings, ventilation options still exist; but due to health and safety concerns, it’s critically important to consult with a professional who can devise and implement the proper solution, including the proper size unit for the given space.

If unit breakdowns do occur, and heat is needed until that time when your unit gets fixed or replaced, know that temporary heating solutions are available to you. In these cases, we believe calling an established company with professional experts at Portable Air to implement the solution quickly, safely, cost effectively, and with minimal disruption to tenants/customers is a great way to go!

For more information about heating start-up and process, setting up a meeting or just have a question about anything, feel free in giving us a call at anytime!