Many people think that the dangers of heat exhaustion are limited to outdoor workers in the summer. If you have an industrial worksite, you know that the heat can be even worse indoors than out. And unlike outdoor worksites, the heat risks are year-round, not just seasonal. If the hot conditions at your industrial worksite are affecting your productivity and profitability, you might be searching for an industrial air conditioner.
However, before you commit to an expensive-to-install, expensive-to-run, and expensive-to-maintain industrial air conditioner, consider the alternative. Portacool industrial evaporative coolers can protect your workers and your bottom line. Our industrial evaporative coolers are effective at delivering cool air where you need it. Plus, they’re energy-efficient, highly durable, and low-maintenance which makes them easy on your cash flow. And they’re made in the USA and include the only cooling media that’s made in the USA.
When working, the human body generates considerable heat. To stay healthy and keep working effectively, the body must shed this heat. Unfortunately, when the workplace itself is hot, it can be hard for the body to release the necessary heat. Instead, the body’s core temperature increases, which can be dangerous, even deadly.
The body’s heat loss mechanisms start to lose effectiveness around 75°F. Once temperatures in the workplace reach 95°F, sweat is the only way the body can shed heat. When a person is wearing thick, protective clothing that industrial work often requires, they can’t sweat effectively.
In these situations, the body’s temperature starts to rise, which leads to problems like a loss of blood supply to the brain and muscles. This reduces your employees’ mental and physical ability to work. Over time, their body breaks down their muscles, making them less effective workers. Your employees can get heat cramps, exhaustion, heatstroke, or heart attacks. This can mean losing a skilled worker when you need them most.
For most employers, labor is the biggest expense. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re getting all you can out of the employees you are compensating for their time. OSHA guidelines say that under high heat conditions, strenuous workers might need to rest up to 45 minutes out of every hour you’re paying them to work.
Even if your employees are able to work, they won’t perform as effectively as temperatures rise. Some studies indicate that worker productivity drops by about 30% when workplace temperatures rise from 80°F to 100°F. Meanwhile, their mistakes increase. Another study showed that mistakes increased as temperature rose, with employees making about 12 times as many mistakes in 95-degree temperatures as they made at 80-degree temperatures.
To combat these issues, you need an industrial air cooling solution that keeps your workers cool even if the work is hot.
You might think that an industrial air conditioner is the right solution to your hot workspace, but you should consider a portable evaporative cooler, often referred to as a swamp cooler, instead.
While an industrial air conditioner can cool your workspace effectively, it comes with several problems. First, these industrial air conditioners can be expensive to install, costing potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars. Not only that, but industrial air conditioners use considerable energy. Your energy bill is already massive, do you need another heavy appliance sucking up the juice? The energy cost is even worse when you consider that much of it is going to cool space you don’t need to cool: all the high ceilings over your workers’ heads, where nobody works and there’s little to no harm in the rising heat. Industrial air conditioners are also expensive to maintain. Air conditioners have fans, pumps, condensers, coils, and refrigerants that need to be cleaned, repaired, and replaced.
A portable industrial evaporative cooler solves these problems:
In addition, maintenance is inexpensive and repairs, when necessary, can be done for the fraction of what it costs to repair an air conditioner. This will save your business a significant amount of money in ongoing maintenance costs over the lifetime of your evaporative cooler.
We know that many people worry an industrial swamp cooler might lead to corrosion of important metal components, but that’s not the case. All of the evaporation occurs within the media inside the cooler, preventing additional moisture from being introduced into your facility.
An industrial evaporative cooler is an effective way to keep workers cool, healthy, and productive in many workplaces. Some of the situations where they work include:
This list is by no means exhaustive. Any workplace where heat is a problem can benefit from an industrial evaporative cooler. Portable solutions like Portacool have an added benefit: they let you cool where you want without fighting directly against the heat coming off from ovens, furnaces, and other equipment.
If you are considering an industrial evaporative cooler, Portacool is the smart choice for you. Since 1990, we have earned a reputation as the leader in the evaporative cooling industry. Our standards for quality and customer service have expanded demand so we now have distributors in all 50 states as well as 56 countries around the world.
Although we serve a worldwide market, our industrial air coolers are still made in the USA at our Center, Texas facility. Plus, our subsidiary Kuul makes our evaporative media specifically for our products. This is the only evaporative media made in the USA, and 100% of our materials are sourced in the USA.
We also go above and beyond to offer our customers the best-in-class:
In addition, we know that all workplaces are unique. We will design a tailored direct service plan for your evaporative cooler to keep it working under the conditions at your facility for years to come.
Download our Guide to Evaporative Coolers for Industrial, Warehouse and Manufacturing to learn more about how evaporative coolers can help you maintain optimal conditions in your work environment.
At Portacool, we offer dozens of different models to help each of our clients to find the perfect evaporative cooler for their business. Here are some of the models that work well in industrial settings.
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
Designed to cool areas where airborne gas or debris is potentially combustible, the Hazardous Location products are equipped with sealed switches, cords, motors and pumps to prevent sparking.Grainger Motion Industries Amazon Fastenal Portable Coolers Sales & Rentals ZORO MSC Global Industrial Airrex Portable Climate Solutions Tooldom
Designed to cool areas where airborne gas or debris is potentially combustible, the Hazardous Location products are equipped with sealed switches, cords, motors and pumps to prevent sparking. Stay comfortable in any hot environment and keep yourself and your workers safe.Airrex Portable Climate Solutions Global Industrial MSC ZORO Fastenal Portable Coolers Sales & Rentals Amazon Motion Industries Grainger
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