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  • What Sets Evaporative Cooling Apart from Other Cooling Methods

    by Melodie Elliott | Jul 16, 2018

    This week, as the heat keeps the Southwest and Southern Plain in 100+ degree conditions, cooling solutions will be particularly needed.
    Weather map for Southern Plains and West July 16
    Since 1990, Portacool has provided practical, effective cooling solutions for areas that typically could not be cooled by air conditioning. Unlike an air conditioner, evaporative cooling works with the ambient air and water to provide cooling.  Here’s how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yqEJw4FXW8.

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    This means our evaporative coolers provide chilled air without refrigerants and without mist.  It is a cost-effective way (operating for pennies an hour) to achieve cooling in large open spaces or outdoors on the patio or in the garage. 

    Do you have more questions?  Check out  FAQs or contact our customer service team at 1-800-695-2942.  

  • It bears repeating – Heat Safety Is Key

    by Melodie Elliott | Jun 28, 2018

    The heat is on and we hope you take proactive measures to staying safe in the heat.

    The toll heat can take on the body should not be underestimated. It's important to take precautions to ensure safety in the heat when exercising, entertaining or working outdoors or in non-air-conditioned areas like the garage.

    Hydration: The top tip for giving your body the power to beat the heat is to stay hydrated. You need water to sweat which cools the body. When sweat evaporates, it cools the air around the skin so you can maintain a comfortable body temperature. Be certain to avoid sugar or caffeinated drinks as they are not as effective as plain old H2O.

    Rest: Whether at work or play, be sure to take breaks from the heat. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, both of which are dangerous conditions caused by too much time in hot temperatures. Frequent breaks from strenuous activity allow the body to rest and cool down.

    Shade: High temperatures paired with the UV rays of the sun can be a dangerous combination. If you must spend time outdoors, try to do so in the shade. Shaded surfaces, for example, may be 20–45 degrees cooler than the peak temperatures of unshaded surfaces, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

    Cooling: While air conditioning is not an option for open areas like the patio, deck or garage, consider achieving cooling in these spaces with a portable evaporative cooler. Using the ambient air and the natural process of evaporation, these coolers produce chilled air to create a comfortably cool environment. Portacool portable evaporative coolers  offer a variety of sizes to accommodate spaces from 300 to 6,000 square feet. Most operate with a standard electrical outlet (be sure to read the electrical requirements on each product before making your final selection), are energy-efficient and are equipped with heavy-duty castors for easy mobility.

    Cyclone cooling on patio

    Clothing: Loose-fitting clothing made from lightweight materials can help keep your body cool during hot temperatures while shielding you from sunburn. This type of clothing can breathe, meaning that air can easily circulate to your body and keep you cool. Be selective when it comes to colors. Choosing light colored attire is wise because it can reflect heat more efficiently than darker tones.

    Peak hours: While it's not always possible, it's wise to avoid being outdoors during peak heat periods of the day. This is typically noon to 5 p.m. So if you must work in your garage or plan to exercise outdoors, start early in the morning. Consider planning family cookouts for later in the evening when the sun lowers and temperatures start to drop.

  • One-year Anniversary of Portacool Park

    by Melodie Elliott | Jun 15, 2018

    Our team is thrilled to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Portacool Park in Center, Texas, our hometown of 28+ years. What started out as a vision for the park’s renewal became a reality last June when the park opened with expanded facilities ranging from the covered pavilion/basketball court to updated facilities and multi-purpose areas.  There are even permanent Portacool evaporative cooler stations set-up to provide cooling on hot Texas days to park patrons.

    “It has been wonderful to see the community embrace the park and put it to good use,” says Thomas Morrison, Director of Marketing at Portacool. “We are pleased that families are enjoying the space, along with local churches and businesses. Having a nice space to host outdoor events like egg hunts and movie nights has given our hometown a wonderful boost.”

    Since the grand opening, hundreds have been visiting the park each week.

    Portacool Park
  • The official start of summer 2018

    by Melodie Elliott | Jun 22, 2018
    As of Thursday, June 21 - we are in the official summer months! That means the heat is on! We are often asked, "What sets your evaporative cooling products apart from other cooling methods?" We are happy to dive into this subject and talk about our differentiation.

    Since 1990, Portacool has provided practical, effective cooling solutions for areas that typically could not be cooled by air conditioning. Unlike an air conditioner, evaporative cooling works with the ambient air and water to provide cooling.  Here’s how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yqEJw4FXW8.

    This means our evaporative coolers provide chilled air without refrigerants and without mist.  It is a cost-effective way (operating for pennies an hour) to achieve cooling in large open spaces or outdoors on the patio or in the garage. 

    Do you have more questions?  Check out  https://www.portacool.com/en/us/support/frequently-asked-questions or contact our customer service team at 1-800-695-2942.  

    And to hear a bit more about evaporative cooling from our experts, head over to our News section to listen to two of our latest radio interviews that addressed cooling from A-Z.