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.
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!”