Working outdoors in the summer heat can be dangerous, even deadly, for workers. For employers, that danger translates into extra costs in terms of insurance, potential legal costs, workers’ compensation, lower productivity, and project delays. For many outdoor industries, the more red showing on the thermometer, the more red in your books. When the dog days of summer are here, everybody wishes they could just turn down the thermostat on the world.
Portacool gives you the next best thing: an outdoor evaporative cooler that can cool off your worksite, keeping your workers safe, healthy, and productive. Our evaporative coolers are more effective, energy-efficient, and cost-conscious than alternatives such as an outdoor air conditioner. Best of all, they’re made in the USA. Our cooling media are the only ones made in the USA. We look forward to helping you find the perfect cooling solution for your outdoor worksite.
The human body must balance its temperature to avoid heat-related illnesses. Unfortunately, the body can’t do that well when the workplace is hot, and the work is demanding. The body starts losing its ability to shed heat at 75 degrees F. By the time the temperature reaches 95 degrees, only sweat can take heat away. When workers are in protective clothing, that means they can’t get rid of the heat they generate when working. At this point, their body temperature starts to rise.
When a worker’s body temperature rises, they are at risk for heat-related illness. The body tries to send more blood to the skin to shed heat, which reduces blood supply to muscles, organs, and the brain. People can get weak and irresponsible from the heat. They might feel heat cramps, exhaustion, heatstroke, or heart attacks. Even if workers can make it through the day, they can become less effective over time, as the body breaks down muscles while trying to combat the heat.
Hydration can help ward off these risks, but it’s not enough. To keep workers safe, the worksite must either be kept cool, or workers have to be allowed frequent breaks to cool down. In fact, OSHA recommends resting up to 45 minutes out of each hour in extreme heat.
The danger of heat illness is only part of the impact of heat on your workers. Multiple studies confirm that once the outdoor temperature exceeds 80 degrees F, productivity begins to decline. One showed that productivity dropped by 3% for every 1.8 degrees over 80 F. In other words, by the time temperatures reach 100 degrees, your employees’ productivity has dropped 30%. That’s when they’re working – it doesn’t account for additional breaks.
Plus, workers tend to make more mistakes in the heat. A NASA study showed workers make about twice as many errors at 90 degrees F than they do at 80 degrees F, and up to 12 times more mistakes at 95 degrees F. These mistakes can mean work that has to be redone, materials and time are wasted, or dangerous, sometimes fatal, accidents can happen.
Combined with increased time for breaks, these effects can dramatically impact your profitability. See how much with our productivity loss calculator.
How do you keep workers cool outdoors? An outdoor portable evaporative cooler might be the solution. In general, there are two popular options for creating cool air: air conditioners and evaporative coolers. An air conditioner, in the strict sense, uses compressors and refrigerants to create cool air. Evaporative coolers pass hot air over water, which cools the air through evaporation.
In a closed indoor environment, air conditioners have the advantage. They can make the air as cool as desired at a precise temperature.
However, in an outdoor environment, an evaporative cooler is a superior solution compared with outdoor air conditioners. An evaporative cooler uses the heat of the outside air to evaporate water, creating a dramatic cooling effect at a fraction of the energy cost. The air coming out of an evaporative cooler is not only cooler, but also denser and more effective at cooling than the ambient air. Plus, less energy used means less wasted heat and more energy dollars saved.
An outdoor evaporative cooler can make a difference for workers in almost any industry where they work outside. This can include:
Essentially, anyone who works outside can benefit from an outdoor evaporative cooler. Workers don’t have to be in an enclosed space. Even a slight enclosure can increase the effectiveness of cooling, but access to outdoor air helps make evaporative coolers more effective. In addition, a cooler does not have to blow directly on workers to make a difference. With some Portacool units, cool air can be felt up to 300 feet away.
If you are considering an outdoor portable evaporative cooler, Portacool is the smart choice for your worksite.
Portacool has been manufacturing evaporative coolers in the USA since 1990. We have continued to expand our product line and are now recognized as the industry leader with distributors in all 50 states and 56 countries around the world. Our inventory is ready to ship faster than anyone in the industry.
Our evaporative coolers are proudly made in the USA at our Center, Texas manufacturing facility. In addition, our subsidiary company, Kuul, makes our evaporative media. It is the only evaporative media made in the USA, and it’s made with 100% USA sourced materials.
We are dedicated to customer service. For 30 years, we have achieved high levels of customer satisfaction by offering best-in-class:
We know your workplace is unique, and we design a tailored, direct service for your product to make sure it keeps providing relief for your workers and your bottom line for years to come.
We know your workplace needs are unique, which is why we offer an extensive range of portable evaporative coolers. Here are some of the products we recommend for outdoor worksites:
Huge in performance, this easy-to-operate evaporative cooler produces cool air wherever it is needed. With its compact size, the Portacool Cyclone™ 120 portable evaporative cooler is perfect for smaller settings, yet still delivers an impressive amount of air output. Additionally, the Cyclone 120 is equipped with Kuul Comfort™ evaporative media, the highest-quality evaporative media on the market made in the USA exclusively for Portacool products to provide maximum cooling comfort.ACE The Home Depot Northern Tool + Equipment Lowes
The Portacool Cyclone™ 130 is ideal for cooling outdoor spaces such as patios, garages or hobby areas. The Cyclone 130 does more than just move hot, stale air around – it actually cools the air using the all-natural process of evaporation. Additionally, the Cyclone 130 is equipped with Kuul Comfort™ evaporative media, the highest-quality evaporative media on the market made in the USA exclusively for Portacool products to provide maximum cooling comfort.ACE The Home Depot Northern Tool + Equipment Lowes Academy
Cool down your patio, garage or favorite outdoor space with the unique Portacool Cyclone™ 140. Standing nearly five feet tall, this energy-efficient evaporative cooler elevates its airflow to provide maximum cooling comfort wherever you need it most. Additionally, the Cyclone 140 is equipped with Kuul Comfort™ evaporative media, the highest-quality evaporative media on the market made in the USA exclusively for Portacool products to provide maximum cooling comfort.Northern Tool + Equipment The Home Depot Tractor Supply Company ACE Lowes
The efficiently designed Portacool Jetstream™ 220 boasts powerful cooling in a compact size. This portable evaporative cooler is perfect for tight spaces or for spot-cooling a challenging personal workspace. Big on portability, but small in size, you can roll the Jetstream 220 where needed and the oscillating louvers will help deliver cooling comfort throughout your bay, garage or shop.Airrex Portable Climate Solutions O'Reilly Motion Industries Amazon Portable Coolers Sales & Rentals Fastenal ZORO Global Industrial MSC Tooldom NAPA Tools & Equipment Uline Grainger
The Portacool Jetstream™ 230 delivers cooling comfort to the single-person workspace. It is an efficiently designed product that offers maximum versatility for usage in open or condensed workspaces. Featuring oscillating louvers, low-water shutoff and Kuul Comfort MicroTech™ evaporative media, this cooler is an impressive cooling solution for hard-to-cool industrial and automotive shop areas.NAPA Tools & Equipment Global Industrial MSC Airrex Portable Climate Solutions ZORO Fastenal Portable Coolers Sales & Rentals Amazon Motion Industries O'Reilly Tooldom Uline
The Portacool Jetstream™ 240 provides maximum adaptability for cooling wherever needed. This evaporative cooler is not only easy to move, it can fit in the tightest of spaces. Liquid level indicator and intuitive control panel make operation a breeze.Grainger O'Reilly Motion Industries Amazon Portable Coolers Sales & Rentals Fastenal NAPA Tools & Equipment ZORO MSC Global Industrial Airrex Portable Climate Solutions 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.
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If your workers, their productivity, and your bottom line are suffering from the heat, now’s the time to act. Get an effective portable evaporative cooler solution fast from Portacool. Contact us today to buy your outdoor air conditioner.
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