Automobile work often involves solving complex problems and doing precision work, but that’s hard to do when the temperature climbs. Garages are usually poorly insulated, which means they can get stiflingly hot during the warmer months. Working around hot equipment, like welders, and in tight spaces can make it even harder to stay cool, especially when you’re wearing protective clothing and coated in grease. This makes it imperative to find a cooling solution for your shop if you want mechanics to stay focused and productive.
Portacool evaporative coolers are the perfect solution for any automotive shop – better than a fan for the garage or air conditioning. They can make a tremendous difference, overcoming heat from the weather and machinery to create cool working conditions. They can also move around the shop, following you as you transition between bays and other workstations.
Portacool evaporative coolers are made in the USA at our Center, Texas manufacturing facility. This includes our Kuul evaporative media, the only media manufactured in the USA and made from 100% USA-sourced materials.
When working, the human body generates extra heat. To avoid heat-related illnesses, the body must shed this heat. That’s tough to do when the temperature rises. The body’s techniques for getting rid of excess heat start to lose effectiveness at 75°F. Once the temperature reaches 95°F, only sweat effectively removes any heat. But when a mechanic is wearing coveralls and has their exposed skin covered with grease, sweat can do little good.
As a result, the body’s temperature starts to rise. Sensing the risk of heat-related illness, the body sends more blood to the skin and less to the brain and muscles. This makes it difficult to think, problem-solve, and hard to work. If nothing is done, a worker faces even more serious consequences:
Over time, intense heat exposure can cause the body to break down muscles, which reduces a worker’s strength and can damage the kidneys and liver.
People don’t work as well when the temperature rises. When temperatures approach 100°F, worker productivity is only 70% of what it was at 80°F.
Increasing heat also leads to increased mistakes. A NASA study showed that workers made up to 12 times as many errors at 95°F as they did at 80°F. Mistakes can be very bad for business at your shop. At a minimum, they will waste time and resources. They can keep you from delivering cars by the promised deadline. At worst, repair mistakes can go unnoticed when a car gets returned to its owner, only to fail later, possibly causing additional damage. This can destroy your shop’s all-important reputation and business.
There’s also the issue of required breaks. When heat conditions become severe, OSHA recommends that workers might have to rest for 45 minutes or more out of each working hour. This can dramatically increase the cost of labor in your shop. Find out how much extra you’re paying for labor using our productivity loss calculator.
When they realize heat is a problem, many people consider garage air conditioning. However, a quick search will teach you why an evaporative cooler is a better option for you.
Installing garage air conditioning can be expensive, possibly $100,000 or more to achieve a sufficient level of cooling. While a ductless air conditioner for the garage has a lower install cost, they are still expensive to run. These units use compressors and refrigerants to create cool air, which takes a lot of power. The power demands are even greater because a garage air conditioner will want to cool all the space in your garage, including the headspace where no one is working. In most garages, the doors will open and close all day – if they aren’t simply open all day – letting all the cool air escape.
A fan for your garage also isn’t a good solution. While this can keep the air moving, in hot conditions garage cooling fans just blow hot air around. This provides limited improvement in your working conditions.
On the other hand, a portable evaporative cooler works great in a garage. It works by drawing in hot air and passing it over water in a cooling medium similar to a sponge. This evaporates the water, taking heat out of the air. The cool air then blows out. This takes only a fraction of the energy used by a garage air conditioner. You can also roll the portable garage evaporative cooler around your shop to wherever it’s needed, rather than trying to cool the entire garage.
You might worry that an evaporative cooler could lead to rust in your garage, but that’s not the case. Read case studies from people in metal shops and garages. Some of these people have been using our evaporative coolers for nearly three decades and haven’t had a problem with excess rust.
If you are tired of the heat in your garage, service station, or machine shop, it’s time to get an evaporative cooler. This can help your garage:
All these can improve the profitability of your garage as well as make it a more popular choice for people who need repairs.
If you’ve realized that an evaporative cooler is the right solution for your garage, Portacool is your best choice.
Since 1990, Portacool evaporative coolers have been made in the USA. Although we have distributors in all 50 states and 56 countries, plus a warehouse facility in the Netherlands, all our evaporative coolers are made at our manufacturing facility in Center, Texas. This includes the only evaporative media made in the USA by our subsidiary, Kuul.
We have been able to grow to such a leadership position in the industry in part because of the quality of our product and in part because of our devotion to customer service. We offer best-in-class:
Plus, we go the extra mile and design a tailored, direct service plan for your product. This is based on your specific business and cooling needs so your evaporative cooler will keep your garage cool for years to come.
Portacool offers a wide range of evaporative coolers so you can find the perfect one for your garage. Some of the more popular models people use in garages are:
Step up the cooling game with the Portacool Jetstream™ 250. This mid-range evaporative cooler is perfect for keeping your small spaces cool. User-friendly features include easy-roll casters, cord wrap and streamlined maintenance.NAPA Tools & Equipment Global Industrial MSC ZORO Fastenal Airrex Portable Climate Solutions Portable Coolers Sales & Rentals Amazon Motion Industries O'Reilly Grainger Tooldom
Keep work areas cool and comfortable with the Portacool Jetstream™ 260. This evaporative cooler features greater airflow and a unique product design that provides a perfectly calculated media surface area via its Kuul Comfort™ evaporative media set to achieve maximum cooling comfort.Grainger O'Reilly Motion Industries Amazon Portable Coolers Sales & Rentals Fastenal NAPA Tools & Equipment ZORO MSC Global Industrial Airrex Portable Climate Solutions Tooldom Uline
Maintain shop comfort with the most powerful evaporative cooler in the Portacool Jetstream series. The Portacool Jetstream™ 270 packs the biggest cooling punch by combining impressive airflow with the highest quality evaporative media on the market. The Jetstream 270 provides maximum comfort when it counts.Airrex Portable Climate Solutions Global Industrial MSC ZORO NAPA Tools & Equipment Fastenal Portable Coolers Sales & Rentals Amazon Motion Industries O'Reilly Grainger Tooldom Uline
The newest accessory to beat the heat whether you are hard at work or play is the Portacool® 510. This compact, yet powerful evaporative cooler has a small footprint and can be moved anywhere you need cooling comfort. From patios, pets and hobby space to automotive bays, industrial settings and warehouses this evaporative cooler has you covered! Equipped with Kuul Control MicroTech™ evaporative media, oscillating louvers, water fill door, low-water shutoff and sturdy casters, the Portacool 510 is designed to provide maximum cooling comfort.
This product is currently only sold in the USA
Don’t let the heat keep your garage from offering fast, accurate repairs. Keep it cool to keep employees and customers happy. Portacool’s inventory is ready to ship faster than anyone in the industry. You can find a retailer today to get your portable evaporative cooler as soon as possible. Or you can contact us for more information.
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