Seeing Is Believing

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 04:04 PM

We all know how important it is to a company's bottom-line to keep their workforce productive. When workers are exposed to extreme heat, they can get dehydrated and begin to lose focus.   Did you know that worker reaction times can decrease by 23% with a 4% body fluid loss? While staying cool and hydrated may seem like a luxury, in a work enviornment, it is a necessity to keep workers alert and protected from the repercussions of heat stress.

Finding an efficient, yet economical cooling solution can be daunting for businesses like an automotive shop where the garage doors are constantly open in the summer. Knowing that trying a solution out for yourself is always the best way to prove effectiveness, we recently worked with a shop owner based in the hot San Jacinto Valley of California to test our new Jetstream 240. Here's what he had to say about using the Jetstream to beat the heat in his shop, as featured as a "Tool Review" by the editors of Professional Tool & Equipment News:

http://www.vehicleservicepros.com/article/12240202/tool-review-portacool-jetstream-240-evaporative-cooler

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Shops for work aren't the only ones that benefit from portable evaporative coolers. Hobbyists that tinker in the garage also find respite with the Jetstream 240. Cruiseman's Garage recently posted his review of the cooler:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocR4kvE_wOs

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Topics: garage, heat stress, Cruiseman's Garage, worker productivity, cooling fans, cooling solutions, professional tools and equpment news, jetstream 240, cooling garages

Never Looked Cooler Thanks To Counts Kustoms

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Thu, Aug 04, 2016 @ 02:59 PM

Shop owners depend on Portacool to keep their guys cool and productive in the hottest temps. For just this reason, we forged a kinship with the Counts Kustoms team – you may know them for their hit show Counting Cars seen on the History channel – a few years back when they needed dependable spot cooling to keep a few key areas of their sprawling Las Vegas shop cool.  The guys report that temps can get upwards of 115-125°F during the most brutal summer months.

This year, we gave Danny Koker and his team first dibs on the new Portacool Jetstream series of evaporative coolers to keep the guys safe and productive on the job.  They loved the new look and the awesome features! Then we had a great idea:  what if their talented paint guys customized and ‘tricked out’ a couple of the new Jetstream 240s to really show-off the new cool look?

Lead painter Ryan Evans and airbrush artist Horny Mike went to work. Our team gave them no direction – we wanted to ensure we did not limit their creativity, and who doesn’t like a little surprise?!?  We waited with nervous anticipation for a few months waiting to see what the end result would look like.  

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Lead Painter, Ryan Evans, takes care in creating his masterpiece.

However, as expected, the result was phenomenal! Look at these two “KUSTOMIZED” Portacool Jetstream 240s!

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The Counts Kustoms paint guys gather around the completed Portacool Jetstreams.

We’ll be taking one on the road with us to tradeshows such as SEMA (the largest specialty automotive event in the country that takes place each November in Las Vegas) and giving it away to one lucky winner.  Be sure to stop by and put your name in for a chance to win at our booth!

 

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One "Kustomized" Jetstream will be given away, as noted on our signage at the Sturgis booth.

Our team can’t thank Counts Kustoms enough for making the vision a tricked-out reality!

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On display in the Portacool HQ lobby. Here photographed with (from left) Kimberly McElroy, Director Customer Service; Thomas Morrison, Director Marketing; Ben Wulf CEO; and Misty Wilburn, Manager Marketing.

Topics: Jetstream Series, Counts Kustoms, Counting Cars, History Channel

Groundbreaking for Upcoming Portacool Park Took Place July 19th

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 05:41 PM

The City of Center, Texas and officials from Portacool, LLC held a ceremonial groundbreaking this week to kick-off  construction for the new Portacool Park (an expansion to the current Center Mini Park) projected to open later this year. 

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This occasion commemorated the start of construction activities first announced in March of this year.  The newly expanded park will include a quarter-mile walking trail, new restroom facilities, covered pavilion, basketball court and a multi-purpose soccer field.  Additionally, a new park parking lot will be constructed to accomodate more guests. 

“Our company’s roots are steeped in Center, and we look forward to giving back to the city that is home to our work and community family,” says Ben Wulf, CEO of Portacool, LLC, the naming sponsor of the park and funding partner.

“The Council and our friends at Portacool, LLC, desire to create a special place where our families and businesses have a beautiful place to relax and play,” added David Chadwick, Mayor of Center. “We truly could not have made this grand project without their support.” 

Topics: Portacool LLC, center, texas, portacool park

Supporting The National Future Farmers of America - FFA

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 @ 05:35 PM

Portacool is proud to have joined the National FFA Organization in 2016 as a state sponsor in California, Florida and Texas.  We’ve had the privilege to meet these outstanding students at their conventions this year. In fact, our team just got back from the last convention of the three we participated in this year - the 88th Annual Texas FFA Convention.

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Texas Convention Booth

As part of our new commitment to the FFA, Portacool has provided monetary support and product donations.  The sponsorship includes a donation of $5,000 to each state. Additionally, within the states, four chapters have been selected to receive a grant of $1,000 and a Portacool 16” Three Speed portable evaporative cooler to use through the summer and into the first part of the 2016/2017 school year.  

We’re thrilled to receive positive feedback and excitement from the chapters who received the donation. The Portacool team is excited to grow our relationship with the FFA!

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Chapters receiving the aforementioned donations:

California

  • Laton High School, Laton, CA – Jessica Chamberlain (Advisor)
  • Indio High School, Indio, CA – Melissa McBride (Advisor) 
  • East Nicolaus High School, Nicolaus, CA – Laurie Goss (Advisor) 
  • Yuba City High School, Yuba City, CA – Kayla Taylor (Advisor)California_FFA_at_the_CATA_Farm_Show.pngCalifornia Booth with Donor Recipients

 Florida:

  • West Port High School, Ocala, FL – Marion County – Cacee Ford (Advisor)
  • Mount Dora High School, Mt. Dora, FL – Lake County – Cindy Bellamy (Advisor)
  • Kathleen High School, Lakeland, FL – Polk County – Keitha Hall (Advisor)
  • Cedar Key School, Cedar Key, FL – Levy County – Rachel Wetherington (Advisor)

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 Texas:

  • Stephenville High School, Stephenville, TX – Erath County – Michael Rainey (Advisor)
  • Copperas Cove High School, Copperas Cove, TX – Coryell County – Kenneth Barnett (Advisor)
  • Midland High School, Midland, TX – Midland County – Kristy Matthies (Advisor)
  • Comfort High School, Comfort, TX – Kendall County – Ron Krobot (Advisor)

Topics: Evaporative Cooler, Texas, California, Future Farmers of America, FFA, Florida

Portacool Hazardous Location Evaporative Coolers Receive ETL Certification for Use in Class I, Division 2, Groups C & D

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 @ 01:55 PM

This week our team announced that Portacool Hazardous Location evaporative coolers are ETL Certified for use in Class I, Division 2, Groups C & D hazardous locations. This certification ensures Portacool Hazardous Location evaporative coolers are suited to provide cooling comfort that aids heat stress prevention among workers in high-heat environments where combustibles are a concern. These environments include petrochemical refineries, offshore and onshore oil/gas exploration, chemical production, fuel depots, garages or hangars where fuel is present.

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Portacool Hazardous Location evaproative coolers safely cool workers and lower temperatures in high-heat, combustible environments where airborne gas is potentially ignitable

Designed to cool areas where airborne gas is potentially ignitable, the Hazardous Location evaporative coolers harness the cooling power of evaporative technology to safely lower temperatures in extreme heat work environments. The switches, cords, motors and pumps are sealed in UL listed products to ensure an intrinsically safe design where airborne hazards exist. The heavy-duty pump, motor and switches are made to be nearly indestructible. Additionally, the housing is static resistant and comes in safety orange to aid hazardous location visibility.

The ETL certification comes from Intertek, a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) recognized by OSHA. Intertek has the authority to provide independent evaluation, product safety testing and ETL certification for electrically operated gas-or oil-fired products.  

“We are pleased that the Hazardous Location evaporative coolers have met and exceeded Intertek’s rigorous safety requirements,” said Scott Jacobs, Director, Engineering, Portacool. “We are proud to offer these rated products to the market.”
 
The evaporative coolers feature KUUL Comfort™ evaporative media and Portacool Protect, which features a one year warranty on all components, lifetime warranty on housing against manufacturing defects and U.S.-based customer service.

To learn more about these products, please click here: http://www.portacool.com/en/us/hazardous-location-solutions

Topics: Evaporative Cooler, heat stress, high heat work enviornments, Hazardous Location

The Heat is ON!

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 @ 01:12 PM

The official start to summer is on Monday, June 20th, but a good portion of the country is going to experience a huge heat wave BEFORE then. According to AccuWeather reports and Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark, the forecast for this week includes historic heat.

Full report here: http://bit.ly/25TH2zp

"Heat will build to dangerous and record-challenging levels in much of the southwestern United States toward this weekend and into early next week.

Temperatures will climb well past 100 F in parts of California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona with the worst days of heat likely from Saturday to Tuesday.

However, the heat will not stop there.

'A truly historic heat wave is likely to bring intense and all-time record challenging heat to a large part of the Southwest this weekend into next week,' says Clark."

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As we talk about regularly, the danger of heat stress and illness is real AND it CAN be prevented with precautions. Remember to protect yourself from sun and hot weather while you’re outdoors. Normally, the body cools itself by sweating, but when the weather is particularly hot and humid, you may not sweat enough to keep yourself cool. When one’s body temperature increases too much, heat-related illnesses can occur.

Here are a few tips  to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this summer:

* Choose your outdoor time wisely. Whenever possible, avoid spending time outside during the hottest parts of the day, typically noon to 5 p.m. Choose outdoor activities that you can enjoy in the early morning or evening, such as grilling or going for a walk. 

* Keep everyone hydrated. When the weather is hot, it’s more important than ever to ensure everyone in the family – from children and pets to parents and grandparents – gets enough water. While outdoors, be sure to have ample bottled water on hand and don’t forget to keep your pet’s bowl filled— especially outdoors.

* Leverage cooling technology to make outdoor spaces more comfortable. Sometimes, you have to be outside during hotter times of day. Keeping cool is key. Portable evaporative coolers like the Portacool Cyclone 1000, use the natural process of evaporation to make outdoor spaces more comfortable during hot weather. As discussed last week, these evaporative coolers move water over evaporative cooling media to produce chilled air that provides a noticeable difference. This can make outdoor spaces such as the patio, deck or garage more bearable in the heat. 

* Seek shade. If your patio or deck isn’t covered, use movable umbrellas or awnings to create plenty of shade. Going to a ballgame or the beach? Take an umbrella to shield you from the sun, or wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face.

* Choose weather-smart attire. When the weather’s very hot and the sun is bright, choose loose-fitting clothing made from lightweight materials and opt for lighter colors. This type of clothing will be more comfortable when you sweat, and lighter colors reflect heat more efficiently. If you’ll be working outdoors for any length of time, consider long-sleeved shirts and long pants in moisture-wicking materials to help shield your skin from sun exposure.

* Don’t overdo it with exercise. While vigorous exercise has many benefits, engaging in strenuous activity in extreme heat can do far more harm than good. If you enjoy an outdoor run or have yardwork to do, try to reserve it for the coolest times of day—early morning and evening. Consider taking your exercise routine indoors to a gym or your own living room when temperatures are very hot.

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Topics: Summer, heat stress, Extreme Heat, air cooler, evaporative coolers, Cyclone 1000, portabable evaporative cooler, portable coolers, Portacool cyclone 1000, record heat

Spot a Portacool this Summer, Snap a Selfie & Get Rewarded

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Fri, Jun 03, 2016 @ 12:30 PM

We're excited to announce a summer 2016 promotion perfect for everyone on Facebook and Instagram.

The Portacool team hears anecdotes like this all the time: “I saw a Portacool cooler at my mechanic shop the other day,” “Did you know you guys were on a car show the other day on TV?” or “I sure was happy my friend had a Portacool at their last BBQ!”  We love hearing how you use your Portacool or where you saw one in action. So this summer, we encourage you to not only tell us where you saw a Portacool in action, but SHOW us! You could even receive a $10 e-gift cards to Amazon or Starbucks.

It’s easy. Just take out your cell phone and snap a photo of yourself in front of a Portacool evaporative cooler. (If you aren't a selfie fan, ask a friend to snap the pic.) Just post your picture with the hashtag #CoolerThanYou on Facebook or Instagram - set to public post so we can see it!

Be sure to like and follow our pages: https://www.facebook.com/Portacool and https://www.instagram.com/portacool/

Get all the details here:  http://info.portacool.com/rules-regulations

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Topics: Portacool, facebook, Instagram, starbucks, Amazon

Today's Evaporative Coolers Are NOT Yesterday's Swamp Coolers - Here's Why

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Thu, Jun 02, 2016 @ 02:16 PM

Last week we talked about how evaporative coolers work.  Now let's explore WHY they work so well.

You may have heard the term ‘swamp cooler’ in the past used to refer to the process of using evaporation to cool an area. While evaporative coolers use the same general principles as antiquated swamp coolers, the technology of modern-day evaporative coolers has evolved to become much more energy efficient and effective.  It can be said that an evaporative cooler’s effective operation hinges squarely on technology of the evaporative media (e.g. the surface that collects the water). Quality evaporative media, manufactured in a trustworthy facility by expertly trained technicians, is an important element to selecting a long-lasting evaporative cooler. The best evaporative media features superior materials that are intelligently designed via a unique production technique that ultimately maximizes the interaction between air and water for superior cooling. 

Better Evaporative Media Matters

KUUL® evaporative media is the most advanced evaporative cooling media on the market and comes standard with every Portacool evaporative cooler we make. The KUUL Comfort™ series is made specifically to meet Portacool, LLC performance requirements and is 20% cooler than previously used evaporative media. It provides the highest efficiency cooling of any evaporative media on the market.KUUL-banner.png

The bottom line to you?  Today’s evaporative coolers are among the most energy-efficient cooling methods available thanks to the advances in technology, design and material.  Even better, most require the same amount of electricity used to run standard household appliances and operate for pennies an hour. Our Portacool products are made in the USA with domestic and global parts. We take pride in providing the most efficient evaporative cooler available.   

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Topics: swamp cooler, evaporative coolers, evaporative cooling media, kuul

A Refresher Course: What is Evaporative Cooling?

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Thu, May 26, 2016 @ 03:55 PM

Ah, the sultry days of summer are just around the corner. Depending on where you live, the mercury may already be rising. It is helpful to know your cooling options. Today, many people are familiar with traditional cooling methods ranging from air-conditioning (AC) to fans. AC works in closed spaces where the recirculated cool air can be maximized with use of refrigerant and a compressor. Fans – both oscillating and ceiling options - generate air but it is not chilled in any capacity.   

What about evaporative cooling? What is it exactly? Evaporative cooling is, quite simply, cooling with water.  A few relatable examples of evaporative cooling at work is the cooling sensation felt when climbing out of a swimming pool, perspiration as a form of natural cooling to the body or feeling the cool breeze blowing across a lake. By evaporating water, the temperature of the air in contact with the liquid water will lower as an endothermic reaction takes place.  During this reaction, the liquid water changes to a gas and the temperature of the air lowers. 

A portable evaporative cooler essentially works off this principle by acting as a cooling fan that uses water, a pump and a wetted surface to create the naturally occurring process of evaporation to cool warm air and drop temperatures.  By pulling air across water, the temperature of the air will lower.  A control system within the evaporative cooler operates the pump to assist in creating this effect and the fan distributes the cool air.

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One unique aspect of the evaporative cooler is that it actually works best with a supply of outside ambient air to deliver a temperature reduction and cooling effects.  While evaporative coolers achieve significant temperature drops in more arid climates and drier spaces, they provide relief from the heat in any climate.  For example, in regions where relative humidity reaches 70% at midday with temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, evaporative coolers have been shown to offer noteworthy relief. Given that relative humidity is lowest in the afternoon when the temperature is at its highest, an effective evaporative cooling scenario is achievable.

Example: Evaporative coolers have been proven to deliver a temperature reduction from 8 to 10 degrees in the morning in the highest humidity regions (Miami, New Orleans, or Boston), and  up to 12 to 15 degrees later in the day when the  relative humidity goes down as the temperature goes up.

The technology at the center of an evaporative cooling system is the evaporative media (e.g. the surface) that collects water. Air passes through the media and is cooled as the water evaporates. The evaporative media is specially treated to prevent deterioration and ensure a long service life.  A special water distribution system spreads water over the surface of the media within the cooling unit to ensure a uniform water supply.  This keeps the entire air to contact surface thoroughly wet. A control system operates the water pump and distributes the cool air.  What difference does this evaporative media make? We’ll take a deeper look at that in next week’s post. Stay tuned.

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Topics: evaporative cooling, evaporative cooler vs air conditioner, air cooler, evaporative cooling media

Texas-based Portacool, LLC Joins Largest-Ever U.S. Business Delegation to 2016 Hannover Messe

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 @ 06:00 AM

Portacool is One of 390 Represented as U.S. Serves as Partner Country for the First Time in Fair’s History

Center, Texas (April 25, 2016) – Portacool, LLC, the Texas-based global leader in evaporative cooling technology, today announced it is part of the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Hannover Messe. Hannover Messe is the world’s foremost trade fair for industrial technology taking place April 25-29, in Hannover, Germany. Hannover Messe typically hosts more than 200,000 attendees from more than 70 countries, including global investors, buyers, distributors, resellers and government officials.

For the first time in the Fair’s history, the United States will be the Partner Country, a status that provides the more than 390 businesses and organizations in the U.S. delegation an unprecedented opportunity to be prominently featured throughout the event. President Obama will also participate in this year’s event themed "Integrated Industry-Discover Solutions.” Portacool will exhibit in Hall 6, Stand E-10 showcasing the latest innovations in portable evaporative cooling solutions including the new Portacool Hurricane™ 370 and two of the newly introduced Portacool Jetstream™ series evaporative coolers.

“Portacool is honored to be a part of the first-ever U.S. Partner Country presence at Hannover Messe and look forward to making the most of this opportunity,” says Ben Wulf, CEO of Portacool, LLC. “As a Texas-based company with more than 25 years of experience and distributorship in 56 countries, we are thrilled to continue to expand our global impact and commitment toward providing cooling solutions that impact the safety of our customers.”

According to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, the U.S. business community and the Department of Commerce have a clear message for the world, “The United States is open for business,” says Pritzker. “We will demonstrate and deliver on that message at the 2016 Hannover Messe. We are proud to have some of America’s most innovative and forward-thinking manufacturers joining the U.S. delegation at this year’s fair.”

About Portacool, LLC

Portacool, LLC is the worldwide manufacturing leader in the portable evaporative cooling industry providing cooling solutions that protect against heat stress and discomfort in hard-to-cool work and residential spaces. The company is dedicated to worksite safety, productivity, sustainability and social responsibility by providing a variety of cooling products “When Comfort Counts™”. Headquartered in Center, Texas for more than 25 years, Portacool products are made in the USA with domestic and global parts. To learn more about the company, product line-up or find a retailer nationally or internationally in 56 countries abroad go to www.portacool.com.

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Topics: evaporative cooling, Portacool, hurricane 370, Hannover Messe 2016, U.S. commerce

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