The weird philosophy behind outside HVAC units

At a local camp that I like to attend, they have a huge building where they conduct meeting and speeches during the Summer.

  • Though the area has a stage and multiple seats, it is technically outside because there are no walls on the side of this building.

The main focus of this area is to provide seating and roof over your head while you listen. However, without air conditioning, that area was uncomfortably hot. I would rather have stood in the sun than be trapped in that area. During the Wintertime, no amount of space heater could have hoped to try to make anybody comfortable. However, this year, when I returned to visit the place, they told us that they installed huge air conditioners and furnaces for the events. Apparently, they have outdoor heating and air conditioning that is supposed to make everyone comfortable. I just don’t understand the idea behind it. I can’t imagine how many thousands of dollars that HVAC equipment cost, and yet you are using it to heat and cool a building that will constantly lose that temperature. Essentially, you are just heating the entire campus! There has been a discussion of closing in this entire building with walls, but then it would lose the entire purpose of having an outdoor session. Some people have suggested installing folding walls to trap the heat or cool air while a session is going, but folding them down when the weather is nice. Either way, I wouldn’t want to be paying the electricity and gas bill to use that HVAC equipment!

 

The weird philosophy behind outside HVAC units