At the best of times, farm work is hard work. However, under the heat of summer, when much of the work needs to be done, the conditions can get brutal, even dangerous or deadly. Your farmworkers are going to suffer from the heat, and this can impact the profitability of your farm. Not only that, but livestock can suffer when the heat goes up. Considering how thin your margins can be most years, you don’t need more factors that add to your costs.
Fortunately, Portacool has a solution. Our portable evaporative coolers are a better alternative to a simple barn fan. They can provide cooling for workers and animals. Plus, they do it cost-effectively, with low energy demand and minimal maintenance requirements. Perhaps, best of all, our evaporative coolers are made in the USA. Our evaporative media is the only evaporative media made in the USA and made from 100% USA-sourced materials.
When you and your workers are out in the field, the hard work means your body is generating a lot of heat. Unfortunately, the body is less able to eliminate heat when the temperature rises. This starts at around 75°F, and by the time the temperature reaches 95°F, only sweat can eliminate body heat. Since this is usually less than 25% of the heat the body eliminates, it’s usually not enough, and people’s body temperature begins to rise.
A rising body temperature immediately starts to reduce a worker’s effectiveness. At around 100°F, workers are only about 70% as productive as they are at 80°F, and they make about 12 times as many mistakes.
Not only that, but they can experience heat illnesses. Workers can start losing strength as the body redirects blood flow away from muscles and the brain. In extreme conditions, they can lose strength permanently as the body digests muscle to try to cope with heat stress. People can get heat cramps, exhaustion, heatstroke, or heart attack, which can mean you lose a worker for the day, week, or in extreme cases, forever.
This increases your labor costs. Since labor is one of your biggest expenses, all these losses can significantly decrease your profitability.
Meanwhile, it’s not just workers on your farm that are impacted by the heat. Hot days can have a negative impact on your livestock.
Recent research shows that high heat levels impact both dairy and beef cows. In both cases, heat can make the animals less able to utilize food resources, which for beef cattle can reduce weight gain and for dairy cows can reduce milk production. In addition, heat can impact your calving operations, since it reduces the fertility of both cows and bulls. Plus, calves tend to have a lower birth weight after gestating in hot temperatures.
Horses can also suffer as a result of the heat. Just like humans, you can’t expect a horse to work as hard in high heat. You have to give them more breaks. Horses are also subject to heat stroke, just like humans. It’s important to monitor the health of your horses during hot weather.
In addition, new research shows that high heat levels impact the quality of your poultry products. When stressed by heat, chickens have lower weight gain and produce fewer eggs. The eggs they do produce are smaller, have thinner shills, and are poorer quality. They also have a lower chance of hatching.
Barn fans and chicken coop fans are better than nothing. They provide air circulation and can remove hot air from inside while bringing hopefully cooler air in from outside.
But when the summer heat spikes, the air outside might not be any cooler and just moving hot air around does little to help with cooling, especially for animals who have little or no ability to sweat.
Plus, a barn fan is just wasted metal when your animals are out in the field. They get no benefit from the barn or horse stall fan they left behind. Wouldn’t you rather have a solution that can provide cool air to your animals, and that you can take out into the field to create a cooling station for livestock as well as workers when desired?
That’s what a portable evaporative cooler can be for your farm. It doesn’t just move hot air around, it cools down the air, making the environment cooler. Evaporative coolers work by pulling air over a cooling medium, similar to a sponge. As the air encounters water soaked into the medium, that water evaporates, taking heat from the air. The fan then pushes the cool air out, where it can dramatically reduce the temperature of a large area. This works in an open area, though even a small amount of enclosure can dramatically increase the effectiveness of cooling.
Evaporative coolers are very cost-efficient. They don’t require much more energy than a barn fan but provide much more cooling.
When you introduce a portable evaporative cooler to your farm, you can see extensive benefits, which might include:
One of the best things about a portable evaporative cooler is that it is portable. Just as the work on your farm moves around according to the seasons, so can the cooler. That way, it’s always where you need it.
Portacool is the smart choice for your farm.
Portacool has been manufacturing evaporative coolers in the USA since 1990. The quality of our products and our customer service have allowed us to expand with distributors in all 50 states and 56 countries around the world. We have inventory ready to ship faster than anyone in the industry.
Although we have a worldwide presence, all our coolers are still proudly made in the USA at our Center, Texas manufacturing facility. In addition, all our evaporative media are made by our subsidiary Kuul. Not only is this the only evaporative media made in the USA, but they’re also made with 100% USA-sourced materials.
We are dedicated not just to the quality of our product, but to the happiness of our clients. That’s why we offer best-in-class:
When you get your Portacool unit, we will design a custom service plan that’s right for your farm so your evaporative cooler can keep your farm, workers, and livestock cool for years to come.
At Portacool, we have a diverse line of evaporative coolers to help all our clients find the perfect solution for their needs. The ones that are most popular for use on farms include:
This midsize portable evaporative cooler can easily improve cooling over most barn fans. Moving up to 8,500 cubic feet of air per minute, this fan easily cools more than 2,000 square feet, and can make a significant difference in much larger spaces. It can also be very effective at cooling people and livestock directly.
This evaporative cooler pushes about 50% more air than the 250, making it a great solution for cooling an even larger space. Variable speeds also make it adjustable for situations where you don’t need to cool as aggressively.
Our largest portable evaporative cooler has a fan twice as large as the 250 but pushes nearly three times as much air and can cool nearly 6,000 square feet. This is a great solution if you need to upgrade from a large chicken coop fan or if you’re trying to keep cattle cool.
Don’t keep suffering losses in livestock and labor due to high heat. Let Portacool help you find the perfect evaporative cooler for your farm. Please contact us today to get started.
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