In the summer, everyone wants to be outdoors, enjoying the sunshine. As part of their plans to enjoy the summer sun, there are thousands of events across the country every summer. Not to mention all the verandas, patios, and beer gardens restaurants have set up for outdoor dining. Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys the summer heat. Instead of becoming a pleasant way for people to spend a day or enjoy a meal, outdoor events and venues can become stiflingly unpleasant. If only there were a way to enjoy time outside in the summer without the oppressive heat.
Oh wait, there is! You just need a Portacool portable evaporative cooler. These evaporative coolers can create islands of cool where people can stop and rest, enjoying your venue and events in the sun without having to suffer from the tremendous heat that summer can bring. Portacool evaporative air coolers are very efficient to run, and they’re made in the USA at our Center, Texas manufacturing facility.
The Portacool® 510 Portable Evaporative Cooler is a compact unit that offers powerful cooling capacity. It cools up to 300 sq. ft., making it ideal for a patio that accommodates 2–4 people. Equipped with Kuul® Control MicroTech™ evaporative media, oscillating louvers, water fill door, low-water shutoff and sturdy casters, the Portacool™ 510 is designed to provide maximum cooling comfort. This unit features a manual fill door with no hose connection. No assembly required.
It’s hard for people to enjoy themselves outside when the heat is high. That’s because the human body needs to shed excess heat, and its ability to lose heat starts dropping when the temperature exceeds 75°F.
When people get hot, they have a hard time enjoying themselves. The body shifts blood flow from the brain and muscles to the skin to try to shed more heat. People get tired and lose the ability to notice details. They also lose interest in most forms of activity. They stop paying attention to, or even seeing, advertising, merchandise, or attractions at an outdoor event.
When temperatures reach 95°F, the only way the body can lose heat is through sweat. While sweat can help people keep cool, it’s also unpleasant for most people. Once their clothes get soaked and they have a sense of being coated with sweat, they just want to go home, abandoning your venue or event instead of spending more time (and money).
It’s not just patrons that suffer from the heat. Your employees will find it hard to work when the heat increases. Productivity can drop by 30% when the heat reaches 100°F. Plus, employees are more likely to make mistakes, and they can experience heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and even heatstroke from working in the heat.
Sweat is the one way the body can keep losing heat as temperatures climb. Sweat cools the body with evaporation. Turning water into a gas takes the same amount of energy whether you’re boiling water in a kettle or evaporating it naturally with hot air. When air loses that energy, it cools immediately. This strategy is so effective that all land plants and animals use it in some form to keep themselves cool.
While sweating is unpleasant for most people, there’s a way to get the same cooling effect without all that perspiration. Evaporative coolers work by pulling hot air over a cooling medium, similar to a sponge. As the air encounters water soaked into the medium, that water evaporates, removing heat from the air. The fan then pushes the cool air out, where it can dramatically reduce the temperature of a large area.
You can use evaporative coolers to create “chill zones” at an outdoor event or venue. A large evaporative cooler can provide significant cooling even outdoors, keeping a patio, veranda, or biergarten significantly cooler than the ambient temperature.
Hotel breezeways benefit especially from evaporative coolers. While they are open and have access to outside air, they’re also partially enclosed, which traps some amount of cool air, helping them stay comfortable with a relatively low influx of cool air.
There are many ways to help people cool down, but of all the solutions, evaporative coolers are the most efficient and effective.
First, you might try simple fans. A fan can work to some extent, but it only moves hot air around. This can help people sweat more effectively, but it rarely makes them feel more comfortable. Cooling is still limited, and people are still experiencing the side effects of profuse sweating.
You might think that providing misters will help. They can, but they are like supplemental sweat and don’t necessarily make people feel better. In addition, they interfere with people eating and drinking and can damage purchases that are vulnerable to water.
You might then think about an air conditioner. Air conditioners can cool the air, but they are very inefficient. They require tremendous amounts of energy to cool even a small amount of air, and they can’t provide significant cooling unless they can collect their cooled air in an enclosed place. Plus, most of the energy AC uses will then turn into heat. If the AC unit is in the same place you’re trying to cool, it can be counterproductive.
An evaporative cooler works great in both inside and outside spaces. As long as it has access to outdoor air to evaporate the water, it can keep producing cool air. Because most of the energy comes from the hot air, evaporative coolers don’t become significant heat sources. Also, the air that emerges from the evaporative cooler does not feel wet. People can eat in front of the cooler and stay dry.
With evaporative coolers, your restaurant, amphitheater, or festival might enjoy:
All these benefits will help make events more successful year after year. Your event will grow as more and more people report their positive experiences, despite the heat.
We have introduced Portacool coolers at events, and we know many restaurants that use them in their dining areas. Read some stories from people who have improved experiences at their venues and events with Portacool.
If you are looking for evaporative coolers to improve the experience of employees and patrons at your restaurant, venue, or event, Portacool is the smart choice.
We’ve been making evaporative coolers since 1990, and in that time, we’ve developed a devoted following. We are now recognized as a leader in the industry, and we have distributors in all 50 states and in 56 countries around the world.
We are known not just for the quality of our product, but for the quality of our customer service. We offer best-in-class:
We also provide our clients with customized service plans designed to meet the demands of your particular business. This will help keep your evaporative cooler keeping your event or venue cool year after year.
At Portacool, we make a full range of portable evaporative coolers so that we can help people keep cool in a wide range of situations. However, the most popular Portacools for hospitality and events settings include:
The Portacool Cyclone™ 120 is perfect for smaller settings, yet still delivers an impressive amount of air output. The Cyclone 120 provides mobile, energy-efficient, refreshing comfort to your outdoor or open spaces. Perfect for cooling spaces where traditional methods of cooling are inefficient - small patios, garages, hobby areas or single-stalls. We do NOT recommend this product being used inside homes or closed spaces where no ventilation is available.ACE The Home Depot Northern Tool + Equipment Lowes Academy Portacool Sylvane
The Portacool Cyclone™ 130 is ideal for smaller spaces that require a little more air output than the smaller model. The Cyclone 130 is equipped with Kuul Comfort™ evaporative media, the highest-quality evaporative media on the market made in the USA exclusively for Portacool coolers to provide maximum cooling comfort. Perfect for cooling spaces where traditional methods of cooling are inefficient - patios, garages, hobby areas or single-stalls. We do NOT recommend this product being used inside homes or closed spaces where no ventilation is available.ACE The Home Depot Northern Tool + Equipment Lowes Academy Portacool Sylvane
Cool down your patio, garage or favorite outdoor space with the unique Portacool Cyclone™ 140. Standing nearly five feet tall, this energy-efficient evaporative cooler elevates its airflow to provide maximum cooling comfort wherever you need it most. Additionally, the Cyclone 140 is equipped with Kuul Comfort™ evaporative media, the highest-quality evaporative media on the market made in the USA exclusively for Portacool coolers to provide maximum cooling comfort. Perfect for cooling spaces where traditional methods of cooling are inefficient - large patios, garages, barns or hobby areas. We do NOT recommend this product being used inside homes or closed spaces where no ventilation is available.Northern Tool + Equipment The Home Depot Tractor Supply Company ACE Lowes Academy Portacool
The efficiently designed Portacool Jetstream™ 220 boasts powerful cooling in a compact size. This portable evaporative cooler is perfect for tight spaces or for spot-cooling a challenging personal workspace. Big on portability, but small in size, you can roll the Jetstream 220 where needed and the oscillating louvers will help deliver cooling comfort for cooling spaces where traditional methods of cooling are inefficient - individual work stations, small patios, pet kennels or hobby areas. We do NOT recommend this product being used inside homes or closed spaces where no ventilation is available.Airrex Portable Climate Solutions O'Reilly Motion Industries Amazon Portable Coolers Sales & Rentals Fastenal ZORO Global Industrial MSC Tooldom NAPA Tools & Equipment Uline Grainger Portacool
The Portacool Jetstream™ 230 delivers cooling comfort to the single-person workspace. It is an efficiently designed cooler that offers maximum versatility for usage in open or condensed workspaces. Featuring oscillating louvers, low-water shutoff and Kuul Comfort MicroTech™ evaporative media, this cooler is an impressive cooling solution for spaces where traditional methods of cooling are inefficient - individual work stations, small patios, pet kennels or hobby areas. We do NOT recommend this product being used inside homes or closed spaces where no ventilation is available.NAPA Tools & Equipment Global Industrial MSC Airrex Portable Climate Solutions ZORO Fastenal Portable Coolers Sales & Rentals Amazon Motion Industries O'Reilly Tooldom Uline Portacool
Step up the cooling game with the Portacool Jetstream™ 250. Cool larger groups of employees, or use multiple to increase overall airflow. User-friendly features include easy-roll casters, cord wrap and streamlined maintenance. Perfect for cooling spaces where traditional methods of cooling are inefficient – shops, warehouses, outdoor events, athletic facilities and more. We do NOT recommend this product being used inside homes or closed spaces where no ventilation is available.NAPA Tools & Equipment Global Industrial MSC ZORO Fastenal TEMP-AIR Equipment Sales Portable Coolers Sales & Rentals Amazon Motion Industries O'Reilly Grainger Tooldom Uline
Keep work areas cool and comfortable with the Portacool Jetstream™ 260. This evaporative cooler features greater airflow and a unique cooler design that provides a perfectly calculated media surface area via its Kuul Comfort™ evaporative media set to achieve maximum cooling comfort. Perfect for cooling spaces where traditional methods of cooling are inefficient - shops, warehouses, outdoor events, athletic facilities and more. We do NOT recommend this product being used inside homes or closed spaces where no ventilation is available.Grainger O'Reilly Motion Industries Amazon Portable Coolers Sales & Rentals Fastenal NAPA Tools & Equipment ZORO MSC Global Industrial Airrex Portable Climate Solutions Tooldom Uline Portacool