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From the sideline to the tailgate -

Posted by Melodie Elliott

Fri, Aug 22, 2014 @ 04:30 PM

Take a close look at the sideline of your favorite NFL, collegiate or even high school team and you may just see a Port-A-Cool unit.  Yep, that's not just a fan you are seeing.  It is an evaporative cooler that is providing cooling effects up to 30 degrees for the players when the mercury is high!

You can get in on the cooling action too.  The concrete tailgating areas can get super hot super fast - especially for the person at the grill. The portablility of our Cyclone and Jetstream units makes keeping the tailgate party cool and comforable easy.  With a standard 110 outlet or an inverter, it is easy - and the ampage is low - perfect for any avid fan. So with the gridiron on - get your Port-A-Cool on as well.

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To see Tailgater Monthly's review click here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lFKatbw1RA

Topics: evaporative cooling, Port-A-Cool, evaporative coolers, Tailgating

Getting on Track

Posted by Melodie Elliott

Fri, Aug 15, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

Port-A-Cool is proud to keep comeptitive drivers and their teams cool in the hottest weather.  Any car or bike enthusiast knows how hot it can get in the garage. With an evaporative cooler you can achieve cooling effects as much as 30 degrees F! Staying cool allows you to stay focused and productive in the hottest temps.

From Japan's Super GT race at Fuji Speedway on August 8 to the track at Texas Motor Speedway - we are thrilled to be a part of the action. 

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And, we are gearing up for another exciting dirt track race season.  We'll be at the Texas Motor Speedway September 11 to 13th. Go to http://bit.ly/1oKuYow to find out more.TMS_Sept_12

International Presence With An Expanded Supply Chain

Posted by Melodie Elliott

Fri, Aug 08, 2014 @ 04:18 PM

Port-A-Cool was recently featured on ArabianSupplyChain.com.  Here's an exceprt of the article highlighting an interview with CEO Ben Wulf:

Expansion of its regional supply chain through new warehousing capabilities in Dubai is giving Port-A-Cool direct access to the region and drastically reducing delivery time for customers.

It’s an exciting time for Port-A-Cool, recognised as the worldwide leader in the portable evaporative cooling industry; just four months after new CEO and president Ben Wulf took the reins, the US-based company has achieved one of its biggest goals for the MENA region for 2014 with the launch of new warehousing capabilities in the UAE.

Basing operations in the new UPS full-service warehouse in the South Zone of Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), Dubai, has enabled Port-A-Cool to streamline customer support and supply capabilities throughout the region, significantly reducing transit times for delivery.

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“Customers can’t wait two to three months to get our products from Texas, where we’re headquartered, so by partnering with UPS we can have our products locally available and delivered within days,” Wulf said, when Logistics Middle East sat down with him in May to discuss the company’s growing presence in the Middle East.

“Not only does UPS have the warehouse facilities but it has the logistical means that we need to make sure our products and services are reaching our customers in the time and manner they would expect.”

Wulf said launching the new facility was “a crucial milestone” he wanted to achieve this year and part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the region, with Jafza, which currently houses over 7,300 companies, representing the obvious choice of location.

The construction and manufacturing industries in the GCC region key for Port-A-Cool as a high standard of worker safety becomes increasingly prevalent in the GCC region. While cities like Dubai and Doha are enjoying a greater global profile now, they are under greater scrutiny in terms of labourers’ welfare.

“With the Expo 2020 in Dubai and the World Cup in 2022 in Qatar, the Middle East as a whole, but specifically the UAE and Qatar, is in the spotlight,” Wulf asserted. “Everybody is looking and scrutinising the region, wanting to understand what’s happening here.

“Worker safety is going to become a more meaningful topic as we move forward and think about keeping workers cool, comfortable and in a safe working condition. Our customers are looking to address heat stress and a hot working environment, so they need products like Port-A-Cool to eliminate uncomfortable conditions.”

Keeping workers comfortable is also an important productivity measure, which is something employers cannot ignore.

“We’re trying to raise awareness that when you get to high temperatures, the inaccuracy for workers exposed to it is quite high,” Wulf shared. “Workers need a cool environment that allows them to get their core body temperatures down and it only costs about seven dirhams a day to run the units, which includes the water and electricity, making it a cost effective alternative to air conditioning.”

 

Topics: @ASC_dotcom; UPSm,, customer service, Jafza,, warehousing,

Beat the heat: Simple solutions for keeping outdoor spaces cool and comfortable

Posted by Melodie Elliott

Fri, Aug 01, 2014 @ 06:04 PM

Are summer’s sizzling temperatures causing you to retreat from your favorite outdoor spaces? Decks, patios and other outdoor areas should be enjoyed throughout the year, but heat, sun and humidity can quickly make being outside intolerable during the dog days of summer. Beat the heat and take back your favorite outdoor areas by utilizing these helpful solutions to some of the most common challenges of being outdoors during hot weather:

Challenge: Scorching sun     Solution: Strategic shading
Shade can reduce heat considerably, but in order to maximize the effect shade has on your outdoor space, evaluate sun patterns to identify the hottest areas. After doing so, you can strategically implement shade features for maximum effect. For example, umbrellas and awnings add instant shade and ambience when placed to block the noon sun.

Challenge: Sweltering temperatures   Solution: Portable evaporative coolers
Even with shade, outdoor heat can be unbearable. Fortunately, you can quickly cool outdoor spaces like patios, garages, greenhouses and work areas with evaporative coolers. For example, a portable evaporative cooler such as the Port-A-Cool Cyclone can provide a cooling effect by as much as 30 degrees Fahrenheit in spaces up to 700 square feet.

 Challenge: Uncomfortable furniture   Solution: Cushions/new materials
Furniture is a necessary for a comfortable, inviting outdoor environment but popular wrought-iron and metal furniture can become griddle-hot in the summer sun. Cut the burn and maximize furniture use all year long by covering metal furniture with cushions made from a durable, breathable material like cotton. Or invest in new furniture made from alternative materials like wicker, light-colored plastic and wood that tend to reflect the sun and stay cooler to the touch.

 Challenge: Blistering flooring   Solution: Outdoor rugs
Summer weather can heat outdoor flooring to blistering temperatures, making it nearly impossible to go barefoot outside. Bring the heat down to toe-safe temperatures with outdoor rugs in light colors that reflect the sun. Opt for one large area rug or place a few smaller rugs throughout the space where foot traffic is heaviest. Bonus: rugs help collect sand and dirt from feet so less gets tracked inside.

Challenge: Phantom heat   Solution: Seek the source
If you feel like you’ve done everything possible to cut heat but your outdoor spaces are still uncomfortable, look for phantom heat sources. For example, grilling is a popular summertime activity, but grills put off a ton of heat even after they have been turned off. Try moving the grill away from lounging areas and downwind from where people are located and see if it helps reduce the heat in your area.

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Topics: Summer, Outdoor Living, heat stress, cooling solutions

Airplanes, hangars and heat – oh my!

Posted by Melodie Elliott

Fri, Jul 25, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

The Port-A-Cool team is taking flight to Oshkosh, Wisconsin next week to showcase cooling solutions at the annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Show . According to the EAA, this week-long fly-in convention attracts more than 500,000 people and 10,000 airplanes each July.   In fact, it was a show such as this that led us to the gentleman we are highlighting today.  Following is a real-life example of an airplane enthusiast who ‘lives’ his hobby, makes his home at an airpark in Texas and needed a viable cooling solution.

 A Sweltering Problem

Dan and Hollie McNeely live in an airpark in northeast Texas – a neighborhood specifically developed around an airstrip. Most of the 80 houses in the airpark have a private airplane hangar located in the backyard.

 Dan spends many hours in his personal airplane hangar – working on planes, relaxing with friends, planning trips and much more. As well as working on his planes, Dan loves restoring and driving vintage cars. During the summer, however, the sweltering conditions in his hangar often interfered with his activities and kept his wife and friends completely out of the hangar.

 “The heat doesn’t bother Dan too much,” Hollie said. “I just cannot take it for very long though. I hated not being out there with him, but it was much too hot and humid for me to stay for more than short periods.”

 Dan needed a quick fix to reclaim his hangar from the heat – one that was not only cost effective - but also practical for the open-area hangar.

 A Simple Solution

In his travels to airplane tradeshows, Dan had met a Port-A-Cool® representative who suggested Dan test out a portable evaporative cooler. In 2001, Dan decided to give it a try and purchased two evaporative coolers.

 Powerful Results

Since his purchase, Dan is much more comfortable outside during the warm months. Not only can the evaporative coolers easily be moved to cool exactly where needed – from the hangar to his garage or to the back porch for a special night on the patio – they can drop the overall temperature in Dan’s hangar as much as 30 degrees F.

 “Because of my Port-A-Cool portable evaporative coolers, I have my hangar back during the summer,” Dan said. “After hanging out here at my hangar, many of my friends have purchased Port-A-Cool units as well!”

 Dan has been so pleased with his Port-A-Cool evaporative coolers that he now has two of the newer models offered – a Hurricane 3600 and a JetStream 2400.

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Topics: cooling solutions, @EAAUpdate, Aviation, EAA, evaporative coolers

Hard at work - a customer testimonial on evaporative cooling solution

Posted by Melodie Elliott

Fri, Jul 18, 2014 @ 03:52 PM

We love hearing from our customers. Hunter Austin, Operations Manager at Fastenal Manufacturing sent us the following upate.  Thanks, Hunter!

"Our Port-A-Cool evaporative cooler is doing exactly what the sales representative said it would and maybe even a little more. We were struggling with such a large area – 30,000+ square feet — trying to keep the temperature at a safe working level. With our Port-A-Cool evaporative coolers we’re not going to have that issue any longer! 

It’s so easy to operate! It took only a few minutes to figure out optimal ways of running it, which is also a nice feature. It’s as easy as plug and play!  It’s so nice to be able to move it wherever its needed and not just stay stationary and it only takes one person to move it. 

We were able to run a direct water line to the machine with no issues and if we aren’t able to run a line to it due to the area it’s in, it is simple to fill the LARGE reservoir and go. We will definitely be purchasing a second, third and fourth Port-A-Cool evaporative coolers for our areas. Thanks for your great product and on point customer service!"

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 We'd love to hear YOUR stories. 

 

Topics: Evaporative Cooler, customer testimonials, ease of use, cooling solutions

Local Roots - at the "Center" of it all...

Posted by Melodie Elliott

Fri, Jul 11, 2014 @ 04:48 PM

Next year, Port-A-Cool will celebrate its 25th anniversary.  At the ‘center’ of the company’s rich history is its involvement in the community it calls home in Center, Texas.  Center is located in the piney woods of East Texas in Shelby County. From the Rotary Club to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce,  Port-A-Cool takes pride in helping the community in a variety of civic and philanthropic ways. 

This weekend, festival participants will keep cool at the 25th annual What-A-Melon festival with our portable evaporative coolers.  Our own Misty Wilburn talks about the festival in this interview:

http://www.kltv.com/story/25980894/25th-annual-what-a-melon-festival-starts-thursday-in-center

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Criteria for selecting the RIGHT evaporative cooler for you

Posted by Melodie Elliott

Fri, Jul 04, 2014 @ 01:39 PM

If you are looking to purchase an evaporative cooler, there are several things to take into consideration before making your purchase.  Here are some criteria to consider:

Size. Evaporative coolers are available in a variety of sizes, making it simple to customize cooling for both indoor and outdoor spaces.  Units are typically available to accommodate areas ranging from 500 to 4,000 square feet.  To cool even larger areas, two or more evaporative coolers can be used together to create a comfortable environment.

 Portability and easy control functions. Portability is an enormous benefit of evaporative coolers. With heavy-duty casters, evaporative cooling units can be easily moved from smooth to rough terrain by one person.  Water hose connections also enhance mobility, as there is no need to stay near a faucet in order to refill the water reservoir.  Look for a model that gives you the most flexibility and ease of usage.

Manufacturer. When researching and selecting the best evaporative cooler for your needs, a great place to begin is with the manufacturer. Choose a company that manufacturers their own parts in reputable facilities.  Be certain to understand the kinds of pads and cooling technology that is utilized in the evaporative cooler you select. This extra research upfront will provide peace-of-mind in ensuring product longevity. 

Preventing heat stress on the job to ensure worker safety and productivity

Posted by Melodie Elliott

Fri, Jun 27, 2014 @ 09:08 AM

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Guest Author:  Scott Jacobs, PE, Director of Engineering at Port-A-Cool, LLC

Recently, I had the pleasure of providing a white paper to Plant Services magazine. Here, please find the opening preview to the white paper:

Many industries face challenges when it comes to providing a cool working environment, particularly in heat-susceptible areas such as industrial plants, warehouses, manufacturing facilities and outdoor jobsites. These extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and certainly, the company’s bottom-line. Without adequate cooling, workers are put in danger while equipment and manufactured products are at an increased risk for failure.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA), thousands of workers become sick from occupational heat exposure each year.  However, heat-related illnesses are preventable. “The best way to prevent heat-related illness is to make the work environment cooler,” OSHA states.  The dilemma becomes how to effectively and economically cool large, open areas where high-ambient outdoor temperatures and heat-generating machinery are factors.

 Weighing the drawbacks of typical cooling methods 

Traditionally, air conditioning (A/C) is a go-to cooling method.  However, in large open spaces, the first impediment is the inability to close the space off and contain the inside air to achieve maximum cooling. Areas where outside doors will be open, such as in a warehouse, allow air to escape and render A/C an impractical solution.   Another drawback is that air conditioners require compressors and a place to ventilate the heat generated from the compressor.  This limits the mobility of an A/C unit given the fixed-ductwork and adds another point of heat generation.  Harsh refrigerants and energy consumption are other downfalls.  Refrigerants are an integral part of air conditioning systems to emit cool air, and A/C can pull a great deal of energy that translates to more energy expense.

Fans – both oscillating and ceiling options – seem like a quick, inexpensive fix to cooling workers and machinery. However, fans simply circulate stagnate air throughout the space. The air is not chilled in any capacity and cannot reach all areas of the large space to be cooled. In fact, industrial ceiling fans seem to be particularly more effective in the winter to improve heating operations by giving airflow to warm air. 

An energy-efficient and cost-effective approach

OSHA provides clear guidelines for heat-related illness prevention, listing cooling fans as one of the top “engineering controls” for reducing workers’ exposure to heat. 

In this white paper, Here, we review the efficiencies of utilizing an evaporative cooler.

 

Topics: evaporative cooling, heat, heat stress, OSHA, evap vs ac, Port-A-Cool, worker productivity, cooling fans, e

It's Official - Summer Starts Tomorrow

Posted by Melodie Elliott

Fri, Jun 20, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

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Yep, tomorrow is the official start of summer with the beginning of the summer solstice.  That also means that it is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year.  What will you do this weekend to take in all that sunshine?

Besides sunny skies, when we think about the summer we often think ‘hotsoaring summer resized 600 temperatures.’  However, it is more than just what the mercury reads on the thermometer to give us the perception of heat.  The heat index and relative humidity can have a huge impact. We want to have fun in the sun, but we also want to stay cool and comfortable. 

We know using an air conditioner is impractical outdoors, but did you know an evaporative cooler actually works best with a supply of outside ambient air to deliver a temperature reduction by as much as 30° Fahrenheit?  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.

 

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*Also explained by psychrometrics. See the Psychrometric Chart at left.

 

With units to accommodate 500 square feet up to 4,000 square feet, take a look at the unit  that may be right for your home or business space to achieve effective spot cooling this summer. You don’t have to limit your activity in the heat when you have the right cooling accessory!

Topics: Evaporative Cooler, Summer, heat index, Psychrometrics, psychometrics, psychromatic chart, relative humidity