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MovinCool spot coolers are a safe solution for cooling down server rooms.
When you need to cool a space quickly, spot coolers can do the job. Easy to use and install, these portable air conditioners can work indoors or outdoors. No matter the weather or the type of job site, spot coolers are made to keep your crew cool.
Not sure if renting a spot cooler is the right choice for your job site? This guide will tell you everything you need to know about renting these cooling systems. Find out when and where to use spot coolers, get to know makes and models, and learn how to use these portable cooling systems safely.
Willis Carrier developed the first air conditioners in 1902. Portable air conditioners and spot coolers emerged several decades later, around 1950. Both types of cooling systems use similar technology. They relocate heat from one area to another using a condenser and an evaporator.
While standard air conditioners cool large rooms or entire homes, spot coolers focus on very specific areas. Spot coolers are designed for commercial and industrial settings and can cool work zones and job sites even in extreme temperatures.
Several patents cover air conditioning technology. Two patents in particular cover portable cooling units and spot coolers.
Which spot cooler manufacturer is right for your job site? Get to know five of the biggest makers in the United States.
AmeriCool is the American label for Korean spot cooler manufacturer Weltem Co., Ltd. The company has been making air conditioners and spot coolers since 1989. However, the AmeriCool label first debuted in 2011.
The Boston-based company is known for its high-quality products and rugged design. AmeriCool products are designed for commercial and industrial jobs. They can handle constant use on demanding job sites.
Global Industrial WG292661
Global Industrial makes white-label cooling equipment for commercial and industrial jobs. This company is known for its affordable prices and basic yet functional cooling equipment.
The company has been making portable cooling equipment for more than 60 years. Global Industrial has headquarters in Port Washington, New York. It distributes products throughout North America.
For over six decades, Koldwave has been an industry leader. The company makes spot coolers for commercial clients. The company is based in Westfield, Massachusetts, and belongs to the Mestek family.
Koldwave makes spot coolers with air-cooled technology. The company’s durable spot coolers are made to withstand long-term use in a range of conditions. Koldwave also prides itself on its reliable spot coolers. They’re ideal for both outdoor job sites and indoor commercial settings.
Since 1997, Kwikool has been making portable cooling products. The company has headquarters in Houston, Texas, and distributes across the United States.
All of Kwikool’s portable cooling products are made for commercial use. However, the company makes a wide range of spot coolers, with a catalog of over 50 machines. The manufacturer offers both indoor and outdoor spot coolers that use air-based technology.
Kwikool prides itself on its innovative and durable products. Its spot coolers stand the test of time. Some offer cutting-edge features like capturing and killing bacteria.
MovinCool Classic 10
MovinCool is part of DENSO Corporation, a major automotive parts manufacturer. All MovinCool spot coolers must meet the company’s standards for auto parts. Each machine must also pass 50 high-level tests to prove its reliability.
The company has been making high-quality portable spot coolers since 1982. MovinCool has headquarters in Long Beach, California, and DENSO Corporation is based in Kariya, Japan.
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Can’t decide which make or model to rent? Reading and watching reviews can help you identify which spot cooler will work best for your needs. Checking equipment reviews can also help you spot common issues and potential problems that could impact your job.
With nearly 200 reviews of portable cooling systems, Portable AC Comparison features both basic specs and reviews for most major manufacturers. Keep in mind, though, that this website doesn’t feature the latest models, so it may not help you review the newest technology.
Reading reviews can help you assess what the unit can do and how well it works. However, watching video reviews give you a chance to see spot coolers in action. Manufacturers like Global Industrial and review sites like Best Reviews both offer helpful videos on YouTube. Search for “spot cooler reviews,” and you’ll find dozens of professional and consumer reviews.
MovinCool Climate Pro 18
Spot coolers are ideal for many job sites. Take a look at some best uses for these portable cooling systems.
Spot coolers offer serious cooling in limited areas. Some can cool spaces that span a few hundred feet. However, others are made to cool only a few square feet. When your cooling needs are well-defined, a spot cooler is a great choice.
Most spot coolers have one or more nozzles. Your crew can position them for even more exact cooling in a small space.
Fans and misters can help your crew stay cool. In extreme weather, however, your team needs something extra. After all, when it’s too hot, your crew may need extra breaks or limited hours to stay safe.
Most spot coolers work in areas up to 113 degrees. Many models can cool limited areas by 20 degrees or more. That can take a job site from unsafe to bearable, saving you time and money.
Many portable cooling systems add to the overall noise level at a job site. However, spot coolers are made to run quietly. That means they won’t distract or drown out your crew members.
Once you set a spot cooler, it can work indoors or outdoors for an entire shift. Many models will even restart automatically after power issues so your crew won’t miss a beat.
Spot coolers can do more than just cool. These models can remove moisture from the air and lower humidity levels. Most models also have air filters to remove dust and debris from the air.
One must make sure to maintain a spot cooler (including dumping the water tray) properly in order to ensure proper functionality.
Spot coolers are fairly simple machines, but in some cases, they can still create dangerous situations. Get to know some of the most serious issues that can arise to keep your crew out of harm’s way.
Choosing the wrong unit size is the most common spot cooler problem. Renting an overly big unit for a quick job might cost you extra, but it won’t lead to serious issues.
In contrast, renting a too-small unit for a longer job can be a big problem. After all, each unit is designed to cool a certain amount of space. Using an overly small spot cooler for days or weeks on end can overwork the machine and lead to failure.
Powering a spot cooler isn’t always as simple as turning on a fan or a portable air conditioner. While smaller spot coolers may run on 115 volts, larger units may need up to 460 volts. Turning on a spot cooler without checking the voltage needs first can result in a power outage at your job site.
Many spot coolers rely on pumps to drain condensation around the clock. Although the pump should drain all liquid automatically, pump failures can lead to leaks and equipment problems. Regular spot cooler inspections can help your crew find and fix pump issues before they become major problems.
Spot coolers without pumps often use tanks to store the liquid that the cooling process produces. Most units are designed to shut off when the tank approaches capacity. Emptying the tank at the start or end of each shift can help avoid unexpected shutoffs.
Other spot coolers use drainage hoses to handle excess liquid. Poor connections can lead to leaks and pooled water, which may cause structural damage or encourage slips and falls.
Hoses are attached to the top of spot coolers to exhaust air out a of space safely.
When using or installing a spot cooler, take care to do so safely. Your crew should follow basic protocols to keep both the area and the other workers safe.
Spot coolers may not seem dangerous. However, workers should always wear personal protective equipment when moving or installing a spot cooler. Make sure your crew members wear gloves to protect their hands. This gear is especially important when placing ducts and moving tanks.
Many spot coolers use hoses to collect and drain condensate away from the machine. Before turning the spot cooler on, confirm that you’ve installed the hose properly. Screw it tightly to the spot cooler, and place the opposite end in a working drain. Always position the hose at a slight decline so the liquid will empty into the drain.
If the hose crosses a high-traffic area, secure it in place. Taking this step will prevent tripping and will help avoid drainage issues.
Like air conditioners, spot coolers work by removing heat and humidity from the air. To keep the space cool, they need to exhaust excess heat and moisture. Take the time to set up the duct carefully, and make sure it exhausts into a safe place, such as outdoors.
Never exhaust the spot cooler into the same space you want to cool. If you do, the indoor temperature may never go down, and you could overwork the machine.
Most spot coolers are designed to warn you when they experience a problem or if they’re on the verge of shutting down. From red lights to text messages, these machines can use different methods to warn you. Make sure your crew knows what to look for and how to react when they see these warning signs.
Before installing or using a spot cooler at a job site, your crew members should know how to use the equipment safely. Any spot cooler training session you offer should include the following aspects.
An effective training program should start with the basics of spot coolers. First, offer an overview of how air conditioning works. Then introduce key parts, such as the condenser and the evaporator. Show where these parts are and explain how they work.
Next, explain how the duct exhausts warm air. Locate the tanks, and discuss how they fill with liquid during use. Explain when and how to empty the tanks.
All spot coolers have the same basic build and functions. However, each model is slightly different from the next, and each has unique features. To make sure your crew knows how to use the model you plan to rent, give them access to the manual. Store the manual in a central location, so your team knows where to get quick answers to their questions or help with troubleshooting.
Every equipment training session should include classroom time and virtual lessons. You should always include hands-on training, too. Show your crew how to find and use the controls, and help your team get familiar with the machine. Make sure they know where to find the data readout and how to spot equipment problems.
End your training session by showing your team how to do daily checks. Your crew should always check for leaks and other warning signs before turning on the machine at the start of the shift. Show your crew how to shut down and store the machine at the end of the shift, too.
Want to rent a spot cooler but don’t know how to get started? Review a few common questions to get the answers you need.
You can rent spot coolers in a wide range of sizes, from 1 to 5 tons. The size you need depends on the space, the number of workers, and the outdoor temperature. To cool two workers in a single room, you’ll need a 1-ton or 12,000-BTU unit. To tackle extreme temperatures over 100 degrees, a 2.5- or 3-ton unit will better meet your needs. For a warehouse or industrial space, consider renting two or more 5-ton units to do the job.
All spot coolers run on electricity. Most smaller units need standard 115-volt outlets. Medium-size units often need 220-volt outlets. Larger spot coolers may need up to 460 volts. Always check the outlet capacity before plugging in one of these units.
Spot coolers use electricity and don’t emit harmful substances. However, most units need a source of fresh air and a space to expel heat. You can use them in almost any indoor space, from residential to industrial. Just make sure you have access to safe supply and exhaust outlets.
Spot coolers with pumps need very little maintenance, as they remove liquid automatically. If your spot cooler doesn’t have a pump, you’ll need to empty the condensate tanks regularly.
If your spot cooler breaks down or isn’t working properly, call BigRentz for help. Your Rental Coordinator will schedule any repairs or maintenance as soon as possible.
BigRentz offers equipment rentals as short as one day and as long as one month. Ideal for quick jobs, daily rentals last for up to eight working hours in a 24-hour period. For bigger jobs, weekly rentals include five eight-hour shifts spanning seven days. For ongoing jobs, monthly rentals include 20 eight-hour shifts in 28 days.
BigRentz has over 8,000 rental locations in the United States. That means you can rent a spot cooler almost anywhere across the country. To find your nearest location, enter your job site city and ZIP code into the BigRentz map.
Renting a spot cooler helps you save time and money. With a rental, you’ll only pay for the equipment when you need it. If you only need a spot cooler during the summer months, you won’t have to keep paying for a rental when the weather cools down. Since rentals last for a limited time, you won’t have to waste time and space storing your rented spot cooler all year round.
When you rent equipment, you’ll usually get the newest model and the latest technology. Since new tech can save you time and money, renting gives you access to the best equipment without breaking your job budget.
No matter when or where you need a spot cooler, BigRentz has you covered. From daily to monthly rentals, we can handle all of your crew’s cooling needs. Call BigRentz at (888) 325-5172 or rent a spot cooler online to cool your job site today.