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

June is National Safety Month

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Tue, Jun 02, 2015 @ 10:45 AM

This month, via promotion of National Safety Month, the National Security Council is encouraging everyone to take extra care and precaution to maintain personal and work safety. As you can imagine, heat is one of the biggest safety concerns during the summer. Working in a hot environment can be more than uncomfortable, it can be a health risk and dangerous. According to the Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, each year thousands of people become sick from heat-related illnesses. Last year, at least 30 workers in this country died from heat exposure.

It is important to understand how the body handles heat and hot conditions. As temperatures rise, the body releases heat more slowly. As humidity increases, sweat evaporation decreases and stagnant air makes sweat evaporation more difficult. When these three factors are combined, you have a higher potential for health and safety concerns.*

In addition to the personal health risks, it is important to note that you are putting yourself and others in your work environment at risk when you are not properly prepared for the heat. The chances for accidents due to sweaty hands, dizziness and decreased mental alertness go up considerably in hot conditions. Additionally, increased body temperature and discomfort can lead to irritability and frustration that could lend to more careless behavior.

The key to staying safe in the heat is to take preventative measures. OSHA advises workers to follow these simple steps:

  • WATER: You need plenty of water throughout the day—every 15 minutes. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty.
  • REST: Rest breaks help your body recover.
  • SHADE: Resting in the shade or in air-conditioning helps you cool down.

 Keep in mind that cool air from evaporative coolers can also be a practical alternative when air conditioned spaces are unavailable as noted in the “shade” step. Portacool evaporative coolers are portable and work off a standard 110-V plug making accessibility easy in hard-to-cool spaces or outdoors. You could even consider setting-up a cooling station.

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Taking care to follow these tips can go a long way. This month we’ll continue to explore various heat-safety topics. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

*Source: Click-Safety http://www.clicksafety.com Heat Stress Course

Topics: evaporative cooling, heat stress, OSHA, cooling station, cooling solutions, National Safety Month

Heat is on the way...

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Thu, May 14, 2015 @ 07:00 PM

As we draw closer to June, one thing is certain: the heat is coming! Weather predictions indicate a majority of the country can expect a hotter summer than last. In fact, much of the USA will experience 90°+ temperatures.

Now is the time to prepare for these conditions BEFORE the mercury rises. If you manage work spaces that are open and difficult to cool, or if you are planning significant work outdoors or even entertaining this summer by the grill,  begin assessing your cooling needs now. High temperature environments can contribute to a slower work pace and increase the need for frequent breaks. In fact, studies show that worker productivity will decrease by more than 1% for every two degrees when temperatures rise over 77°F. At temperatures of 92°F or higher, there is a 16.6% decrease in productivity.  And, working in high temperature areas also increases the threat of heat-related illnesses.

Securing effective, affordable cooling solutions ahead of time will be a huge relief when respite from the heat is needed in those hard-to-cool spaces. Consider your cooling options.  Oscillating and ceiling fans simply blow stagnant warm air around.  Smaller fans are portable, but may not be powerful enough to cover a large, open area effectively.  Ceiling fans offer no portability and installation can be costly in an industrial environment.  Misters pose a drenching side effect when used outdoors and often not conducive in a working environment. Evaporative coolers are designed to create a noticeable difference by lowering temperatures by as much as 30°F.  

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Portacool portable evaporative cooling products combine the natural power of evaporation with the highest quality evaporative media to provide maximum cooling efficiency.  The portability of these evaporative coolers is particularly convenient. They can go anywhere they are needed:  in the garage, shop, auto bay, patio or outdoor work area.  As you begin assessing your needs, we appreciate your consideration. When comfort counts, Portacool™ portable evaporative coolers offer the lowest-cost, most effective cooling solution available.

Visit our products pages to check out our portable evaporative coolers to select the product that is right for you.

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Topics: evaporative cooling, heat stress, Extreme Heat, weather, cooling solutions, evaporative coolers, Portacool, affordable cooling

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