I'm not gonna lie, planning for a Thanksgiving meal takes quite a bit of time. Or maybe I should rephrase that and say planning for a SUCCESSFUL Thanksgiving meal takes quite a bit of time! And actually, believe it or not, it's a lot like preparing for temporary cooling whether it's for data center cooling or special event tent air conditioning.
The Guest List
First of all, you need to figure out who you want to invite so you'll know who you'll be feeding. Same concept for cooling a tent -- it's good to know how many people will be at the event so you can factor that into the cooling equation. In a data center or server room you'll have to take an inventory of the equipment you need to cool because that stuff puts off a lot of heat!
Seating and Eating Arrangements
It's so nice to have a big party but you have to figure out where all these people are going to sit when they eat. Are you going to have table settings and a plated dinner or will you serve it family style? Maybe a buffet will work if you have a good traffic pattern in the room. Floor space is at a premium in crowded data centers so you need to make sure the air conditioners will fit down the server-packed rows and aisles. With tent cooling, you need to determine optimum placement of the air conditioners and decide if they will be inside or outside the structure.
Ahhhh... now we're getting to the good stuff! The appetizers, main meal, sides, desserts and drinks! There are lots of palettes to please and you want to plan a feast that's sure to wow the adults, kids and picky eaters. When you need temporary cooling in the data center you need to deal with the data center manager, the facility manager, maybe even a property manager and a portable air conditioner rental company. With tent cooling you have to satisfy the venue owner and work with the tent rental company, event planner, caterer and the air conditioner rental company.
Thanksgiving Day Activities
Once you get all these people over to your house you need to orchestrate the fun. Give them something to do! Sure, people will want to chat and visit with one another but you might want to have some outdoor activities for the young and young at heart. How about some board games or even a holiday movie playing for the kids to watch? When temporary cooling is needed for preventative maintenance of the main air conditioner in a data center, then it's best to plan it over a weekend or at a time when most of the folks aren't working -- that'll give you less moving parts to worry about. If it's emergency cooling you need, well, just do your best to control the chaos! Each special event has a unique agenda. Will there be presentations, dancing, performances or just socializing -- all the activities affect the amount of cooling required to keep the tent comfortable.
Well, I hope I haven't overwhelmed you with a laundry list of things required to pull off a successful Thanksgiving Day feast! The truth is, the more prep work you do before the event, the more you'll be able to enjoy yourself and your guests. Here's an infographic to help you out.
And if you need help with Need help planning for temporary cooling in your data center or server room. Well, by golly, we can give you a hand with that as well. Download the 10 point emergency cooling checklist.
And if you need some help planning an outdoor special event you can check out this detailed guide to figure out more about how to air condition a special event tent.