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

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

The Cost of Heat-Related Injuries

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

We all know that heat intense environments are uncomfortable, but in a working environment it can be costly to a company’s bottom-line. Heat-stress and heat-related illnesses are a very real challenge in the summer months. If you are a manager or owner of a business that conducts work outdoors or in an un-air-conditioned setting, it is important to assess the risks AHEAD of a heat-related illness or injury. OSHA offers a tool that estimates just how much an accident can cost in terms of impacting profitability: https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/safetypays/estimator.html

Using the tool, if you select “Heat Prostration” as the Injury type and use their 3% default profit margin, you will find that just ONE heat-related accident can have a direct cost a direct of more than $23,000 with indirect costs doubling the amount.

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OSHA’s $afety Pays Program, “Estimated Costs of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses and Estimated Impact on a Company’s Profitability Worksheet

Studies have also shown that you risk a 16.6% decrease in productivity when working in temperatures over 92°F as noted in the following illustration. In fact, high temperatures increase the likelihood of injury or illness and that can result in higher legal and insurance costs.

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Take steps now, not after it is too late. Be proactive in guarding against heat-stress. In addition to providing hydration and scheduling breaks, consider using a portable evaporative cooler to lower ambient temperatures in the workplace. Cooler working conditions will help reduce the threat of heat-related illnesses, increase worker effectiveness and reduce the likelihood of workplace accidents.

Topics: OSHA, evaporative coolers, heat stress; productivity,, avoid heat stress, @heatstress

Every Degree Matters

Posted by Melodie Elliott on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 @ 04:30 PM

Heat related illness and deaths are a real concern for employers and workers. According to the National Safety Council, 11 American workers die on the job each day. As we continue to think about safety this month, taking preventative steps to reducing heat related illnesses is key.

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Source: http://www.nsc.org/Pages/safety-at-work.aspx National Safety Council, “Safety at Work”

Heat-related illness can be prevented. Take measures to combat heat-related injuries:

  1. Make sure you have plenty of fluids on hand.
  2. Schedule rest breaks and add a cooling station when possible with tools such as a portable evaporative cooler that works on a standard 110-V from worksites.
  3. Stay aware of conditions with your phone or tablet, especially if working outdoors. Working in full sunlight can increase heat index values by 15°F. OSHA has an app (download info here) to help calculate the heat index for the worksite and helps to identify the risk level.
  4. Be informed by reviewing the heat illness signs and symptoms. Training is this area is worthwhile.
  5. Use a buddy system. Monitor each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.

For more information about safety while working in the heat, see OSHA's heat illness webpage and online guidance page for employers that outlines how to use the heat index to protect workers.

Topics: heat stress, Extreme Heat, OSHA, evaporative coolers, National Safety Council, avoid heat stress, NSC, portabable evaporative cooler

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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