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All About Spot Coolers

MovinCool Spot Cooler

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.

A Brief History of Spot Coolers

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.

Patents Related to Spot Coolers

Several patents cover air conditioning technology. Two patents in particular cover portable cooling units and spot coolers.

  • Patent US2708835: This 1955 patent covers a design for a mobile and portable air conditioner. A precursor to a spot cooler, this machine features a compressor and a condenser connected by a cable. This machine is designed for indoor use and can be moved from room to room.
  • Patent US6568202B1: This 2003 patent covers a design for a portable air conditioner. This machine has several flexible hoses that can direct cool air to specific areas in an indoor space.

Current Spot Cooler Manufacturers

Which spot cooler manufacturer is right for your job site? Get to know five of the biggest makers in the United States.

AmeriCool

AmeriCool Spot Cooler

AmeriCool WPC-7000

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

Global Industrial Spot Cooler

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.

Koldwave

Koldwave Spot Cooler

Koldwave 6KK61

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.

Kwikool

Kwikool Spot Cooler

Kwikool KPAC1411-2

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

MovinCool Spot Cooler

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.

Most Popular Spot Cooler Models

Looking for the best spot coolers on the market? Rent one of the best-equipped machines or one of the most popular models.

  • AmeriCool WMC-2500: This small unit has cooling power up to 10,000 BTUs. It has a single cooling phase and works best in tight indoor spaces.
  • AmeriCool WPC-7000: This mid-size spot cooler has 2.5 tons of cooling power and single-phase cooling. It can work in spaces up to 113 degrees. That makes it ideal for hot areas.
  • AmeriCool WPC-23000: This large unit has a 7.5-ton capacity. It operates at 460 volts and has three cooling phases. Its air filters offer better air quality no matter where you use the unit.
  • Global Industrial WG796000: This small model has 6,200 BTUs of cooling power and one speed. It features a 0.9-gallon tank and runs at 115 volts. This quiet unit has a maximum volume of 50 decibels.
  • Global Industrial WG292661: This two-speed unit has a capacity of 1.5 tons. It can cool a space up to 440 square feet. It can also handle temperatures up to 113 degrees. Its washable air filters help it clean the air as it runs.
  • Global Industrial WG292663: This 29,000-BTU unit is the largest model from this maker. It has three cooling nozzles and runs at 230 volts.
  • Koldwave 6CC10: This small model has 10,000 BTUs of cooling power and runs efficiently. It has one cooling nozzle and works best in tight indoor spaces.
  • Koldwave 5KK30: This mid-size unit is easy to install and use and has up to 29,000 BTUs. Its multi-speed fan lets it keep your crew comfortable in any conditions.
  • Koldwave 6KK92: This large model has cooling power up to 92,000 BTUs. It can cool indoors or outdoors. It operates at 460 volts and runs very quietly. This spot cooler features three nozzles for ultimate control.
  • Kwikool KPAC1411-2: This small unit has cooling power up to 13,700 BTUs. It runs at 115 volts and has two cooling nozzles. It offers strong airflow and can reduce the temperature by up to 20 degrees.
  • Kwikool KPAC1811-2: This mid-size unit has a 1.5-ton capacity. Its small footprint makes it ideal for tight indoor spaces. It can lower the temperature by up to 20 degrees. This model also restarts automatically after a power failure.
  • Kwikool KPAC2421-2: This mid-size unit has 2 tons of cooling power. It’s made to cool people up to 7 feet from the unit. This model runs at 230 volts and can be up and running in 10 minutes.
  • MovinCool Classic 10: This small unit offers up to 10,000 BTUs of cooling power. It operates at 115 volts and can run in spaces up to 105 degrees.
  • MovinCool Classic Plus 26: This mid-size unit offers up to 24,000 BTUs of cooling power. It can work in areas up to 113 degrees and has easy digital temperature controls.

Spot Cooler Reviews

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.

Portable AC Comparison

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.

Video Reviews

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.

Best Uses for Spot Coolers

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MovinCool Climate Pro 18

Spot coolers are ideal for many job sites. Take a look at some best uses for these portable cooling systems.

Targeted Cooling

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.

Cooling in Extreme Weather

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.

Quiet Cooling

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.

Automatic Cooling

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.

Better Indoor Air Quality

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.

Potential Spot Cooler Hazards

Spot Cooler Hazards

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.

Incorrect Unit Sizing

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.

Voltage and Power Issues

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.

Condensate Pump Malfunction

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.

Condensate Tank Overflow

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.

Hosing Connection Problems

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.

Safety Protocols for Spot Coolers

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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.

Use Protective Gear

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.

Install Hoses Properly

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.

Exhaust Air Correctly

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.

Watch for Warnings

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.

Essential Spot Cooler Training

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.

Spot Cooler Basics

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.

Model Manuals

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.

Hands-On Training

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.

Daily Checks

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.

Frequently Answered Questions About Spot Coolers

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.

What Spot Cooler Size Do I 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.

What Type of Power Does a Spot Cooler Need?

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.

Where Can I Use a Spot Cooler?

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.

Do Spot Coolers Need Maintenance?

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.

How Long Can I Rent a Spot Cooler?

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.

Where Can I Rent a Spot Cooler?

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.

What Are the Benefits of Renting a Spot Cooler?

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 [phone] or rent a spot cooler online to cool your job site today.

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