Home Evaporative Coolers

Summer months can be excruciatingly hot in many parts of the country, making it difficult to enjoy your home. If you’re unable to maintain a comfortable environment in your house, it can make daily life downright unpleasant. While air conditioning is an effective solution to cool your home in many instances, there are situations when it’s simply not practical. In addition, the cost associated with running the air conditioning all summer long may push your energy bills to a level that you find unacceptable.

Fortunately, there is an alternative which can cool your home when air conditioning isn’t ideal. Residential evaporative coolers provide an effective and affordable solution that will work for many home cooling applications. Portacool portable home evaporative coolers can be used to improve the comfort of your:

Portacool 510

The Portacool® 510 Portable Evaporative Cooler is a compact unit that offers powerful cooling capacity. It cools up to 300 sq. ft., making it ideal for a patio that accommodates 2–4 people. Equipped with Portacool evaporative media, oscillating louvers, water fill door, low-water shutoff and sturdy casters, the Portacool™ 510 is designed to provide maximum cooling comfort. This unit features a manual fill door with no hose connection. No assembly required.

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Evaporative Coolers for Home Workshops

Home workshops are a great way to flex your DIY building skills. For many people, home workshop projects fill a significant amount of their free time, and understandably so. You get to pursue a hobby that you find extremely enjoyable, and the finished projects will enhance your quality of life in many ways.

Unfortunately, most home workshops are poorly insulated. That means they can become unbearably hot during the summer months. Spending hours on end in a sweltering workshop will make it hard for you to enjoy the building experience. This makes finding a good cooling solution essential.

In most instances, air conditioning will be a poor solution to cool your workshop for several reasons:

  • It’s an energy-intensive process that will potentially put unnecessary strain on your electrical system in an area of your house that is already using a significant amount of energy to run your workshop machinery
  • Dust, which builds up fast in a workshop, can clog up and damage an air conditioner
  • If you’re unable to keep all doors and windows in your workshop closed at all times, the outside air will limit the effectiveness of your air conditioner and force it to work even harder to cool your space

Fans are also a poor solution to cool your home workshop. Fans effectively circulate the air in the room, but they don’t actually cool the air. So if you’re using a fan in a hot workshop, all you’re doing is pushing around the hot air.

Evaporative coolers provide the most effective solution to stay cool and comfortable in your workshop. Home evaporative coolers use hot outside air to initiate the cooling process. This air runs over evaporative media that is saturated with water, causing the water to evaporate. As part of the evaporation process, the temperature of the air can drop as much as 30°F.

Evaporative coolers for home workshops provide the most effective cooling solution for a variety of reasons:

  • They require very little energy to run, so they won’t overload your electrical system or drive up the cost of your energy bill
  • They can be moved around the workshop, allowing you to cool the specific area(s) you need cooled when you jump from one machine to another
  • They work best when there is access to outside air, making it easy for you to keep your workshop doors and windows open to air out the room
  • They don’t add any moisture to the air, so your machines won’t sustain any damage from corrosion or mold
  • They draw outside air to initiate the cooling process, so they won’t get clogged by dust circulating in your workshop

Portacool residential evaporative coolers come in a wide range of sizes, ensuring that we have a model to meet the specific needs of your workshop. With sturdy wheels, they are easy to move around your workshop, and they can be stored in an out-of-the-way location in your workshop when they aren’t in use. Enjoy significantly cooler, more comfortable temperatures in your home workshop all summer with a Portacool.

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Evaporative Coolers for Residential Patios

Outdoor patios can be a significant enhancement to your home, providing you with an ideal space to spend time with your family and friends. Whether you’re enjoying a summer BBQ, entertaining family on a holiday, celebrating a special occasion, or just relaxing with friends on a summer weekend, your patio allows you to host just about any gathering you want.

Unfortunately, the sweltering summer heat can often make patio time unbearable. When the heat spikes into the 90s, the only method your body can use to cool itself is sweat, and no one wants to sit around sweating on a hot patio. To avoid this problem, you may need to find a cooling solution to keep your patio comfortable during the peak heat of summer.

Air conditioners aren’t viable solutions in an outdoor environment since they require an enclosed space to achieve their optimal cooling effects. Outdoor patio fans are equally ineffective, as they will just blow the hot air directly onto your guests. A home evaporative cooler, on the other hand, can effectively keep your patio comfortable on the hottest days of the year.

Residential evaporative coolers provide powerful cooling benefits. As discussed earlier, you can lower the air temperature by as much as 30°F. Because evaporative coolers only consume enough energy to power the fan in the machine, they are extremely energy efficient and cost-effective. Since no moisture is emitted from an evaporative cooler, your guests will stay dry and comfortable all day.

With a wide range of patio evaporative cooler models, you can be confident there is a Portacool that will be right for your specific needs. You can easily move the cooler around your outdoor space, ensuring your guests are comfortable regardless of the particular area in your yard that is being used to entertain.

Evaporative Coolers for Home Garages

evaporative coolers for home garagesMost people view their garage as a place to store their vehicles. However, this space can be used for a wide range of purposes if you get a little creative. Musicians can have a great place for their bands to practice. DIYers can set up a great workshop if they don’t have another dedicated space for this purpose. You can have a great workout room filled with cardio machines, free weights, and other equipment to keep you in shape. The possibilities are endless.

But since the primary purpose of a garage is to store your vehicle, these spaces are usually poorly insulated. This means you will need an effective cooling solution during the peak summer heat if you want to use your garage for a different purpose. Air conditioning is often not practical if you will have the garage door open when using this space, and fans won’t provide any cooling relief – all they do is push around the hot air. If you want an effective cooling solution for your garage, evaporative coolers are typically the best option.

Because home evaporative coolers require access to outdoor air to operate at peak effectiveness, they are an ideal solution to cool a garage. This hot outside air will be drawn into the cooler, where it will cause water stored in the evaporative media to evaporate. This powerful process will significantly drop the temperature of the air, and this cooler air is then blown out into the garage.

Rehearse with your band without sweating all over your gear. Stay cool when completing your next DIY project. Work out in comfort. With a residential evaporative cooler, your garage becomes a comfortable extra room that adds a lot of value to your home enjoyment.

Portacool’s 510 model is compact yet powerful, providing the cooling you need for a garage. Its smaller size makes it easy to store. All Portacools come equipped with wheels, making them easy to move around your garage. This ensures you receive the cool air in the exact location where it will make the most impact on your enjoyment of the space.

Download our Free Guide to Residential Evaporative Coolers

Download our free ebook providing comprehensive information about residential evaporative coolers. In this guide, you’ll learn about:

  • Why it’s hard for your body to stay cool on hot days
  • Ways in which a hot environment detracts from your ability to enjoy your home
  • Impact of a hot home on the well being of your pets
  • Cooling solutions for your home
  • Benefits of using evaporative coolers in your home
  • Portacool solutions to improve your enjoyment of your home

Keep Cool with a Portacool

Portacool has been the industry leader in evaporative cooling technology since 1990. Our portable home evaporative coolers are made locally in our Center, Texas manufacturing facility and feature the most advanced technology available.

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In addition, all of our evaporative coolers use media produced by our subsidiary company, Kuul. This ensures they are made to the exact specifications of our residential evaporative coolers for optimal efficiency. Kuul manufactures the only evaporative media made in the USA, and it is sourced with the finest quality materials to maximize performance.

At Portacool, we’re committed to providing the best experience throughout the life of your evaporative cooler. This not only means producing a superior quality product but also delivering unmatched levels of customer service. You’ll benefit from best-in-class:

We believe in the value of keeping our services local. Our customer service center is also located in Texas, so you won’t ever be routed to large international call centers. You’ll receive assistance from one of our customer care team members who can help with just about any need you may have.

Find the Right Portacool for Your Home

Portacool offers a variety of evaporative coolers for homes. The right model for you will depend on your specific needs. You can use our online tool to find the right Portacool for you or simply fill out the fields in the form below.

  • Overall room / area size

  • People to cool?

  • Access to constant water supply?

  • Exterior Openings (doors & windows)

  • Electrical Options

Disclaimer: This is a reference tool to provide basic information on which evaporative cooler might be best for your application. Your specific location may require a combination of multiple models and/or sizes to provide the most effective cooling experience. If you believe this might be the case, please sign up for a demo or contact our Customer Service team. WARRANTIES

Some of our most popular home evaporative coolers include:

Portacool Cyclone 120 Evaporative Cooler


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Portacool Cyclone 130 Evaporative Cooler


Cyclone 130

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Portacool Cyclone 140 Evaporative Cooler


Cyclone 140

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510 Portable Evaporative Cooler


Portacool 510

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Keep Your Home Cool All Summer Long

Portacool home evaporative coolers are the ideal solution to stay comfortable during the peak summer heat. Visit a local retailer or contact us today to learn about the best evaporative cooler options for your specific needs.

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