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The Best Portable Air Conditioner depends on your application

Hi, I’m Erik with Portable Air, and we want to talk today a little about the best portable air conditioner in our review today. It’s hot and muggy out, you don’t have any A/C. That is a bad day for you. We’ve got a couple of different options that can help provide a little more cooling and a little better comfort in the environment you’re working with. Whether it’s commercial, industrial, new construction, we have a solution for the best portable air conditioner in each area of need.

The Best Portable Air Conditioner For Indoor Applications


Indoor Portable Air Conditioners, often called Spot Coolers, from Temp-Cool and Airrex range in anywhere from 1 ton to a 5-ton unit. They are easy to move, have a small footprint and are powered by a standard wall outlet. The good thing about these is you can put them anywhere you need to. They’re an all-in-one package. Heat and humidity are sent through the refrigeration cycle and then disperse as cool dry air through two supply nozzles. With the heat the unit takes in, it will require an area to exhaust it back out of the space. Each unit comes equipped with a “Ceiling Kit” to vent the hot air up into a dropped ceiling or directed out of a window or door. Spot coolers are a great way to get heat out of the space and to make a nice comfortable cooled area.

The Best Portable Air Conditioner For Outdoor Applications


Package units range in different sizes, anywhere from a 5-ton to 50-ton units with the most common size being our 25-ton units. They are an awesome solution due to their variety of applications. They can go on any job site. These units can be trailer mounted or placed with a forklift or crane. Once the unit is in place, the flexible duct is attached and cool air is distributed wherever it’s needed. They can be powered by an available breaker or by a temporary generator. Whether installed on the ground or the roof air conditioning can be supplied where it is needed.

The Best Portable Air Conditioner For Events


Let’s say you have an outdoor event in a tent. Maybe you are having a wedding or fundraiser in the summertime. It’s hot and it’s humid and you have 200 guests that are going to be inside that tent. The event is not going to go well without A/C. The best portable air conditioner for this situation is our Vertical Package Units. They connect right into your tent walls to make a nice seamless look from inside. This is another very user-friendly piece of equipment that will ensure everyone at your event will never have to sweat a drop… least, if they don’t want to!

When your air conditioner fails it’s never a good thing, but it doesn’t have to be a miserable experience. There is a solution. It doesn’t matter what type of space you need to be cooled off, rest assured, there is a portable air conditioner solution to meet your need!


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Regardless of where it's installed an HVAC system is designed to modify the climate in every square inch of the indoor space it covers. Of course, this challenge is much greater if that space has massive horizontal or vertical sprawl, as is often the case with commercial, industrial or public venues.

But commercial HVAC systems don't just work harder than their residential counterparts. They also work differently and must do so if they are to provide effective indoor climate management in locations where the nature of the challenges to be overcome is too steep.

The designers and manufacturers of commercial heating and cooling equipment face some diverse and daunting challenges. In response, they've had to modify a steadfast and dependable technology without altering its capacity to produce impressive results.

Commercial vs. Residential: The Tale of the Tape

Let's briefly summarize the characteristics of both commercial and residential heating and cooling systems so the differences become clear.

Commercial HVAC Systems

Structure: Commercial HVAC equipment comes in large, self-contained, pre-packaged cabinets that include the compressor, the condenser and condenser fan, the evaporator and all the drainage system components.

Location: Commercial systems are usually installed on rooftops, which eliminates any possibility of noise pollution inside the building.

Heating or cooling capacity: Rather than being manufactured to specific dimensions, commercial HVAC systems are modular in design. This means extra heating/cooling elements can be added to boost the power of the system when necessary.

Exhaust ventilation: Special components are added to the system to handle the heavy responsibility of exhaust ventilation in power-packed commercial units.

Moisture collection and drainage: Commercial HVAC units produce copious amounts of moisture through condensation. They need extensive drainage systems to pipe it away for disposal.

Residential HVAC systems

Structure: Most residential HVAC units use split-system technology. An indoor unit holds the evaporator coils and the blower, while an outdoor cabinet contains the compressor and the condenser coils.

Location: Part indoor/part outdoor, at ground level outside and on the first floor inside.

Heating or cooling capacity: Residential HVAC systems come in specific sizes and cannot be expanded or contracted. Their heating and cooling capacities are locked in at the time of manufacture.

Exhaust ventilation: Exhaust is released through windows or into crawl spaces, or directly into the air outside.

Moisture collection and drainage: A simple pan is used to collect the moisture indoors, after which it can be drained away for outside release.

In the HVAC industry size doesn't really matter

As you can see, the principles behind HVAC technology are the same no matter where it is installed. The massive scale needed in some commercial settings creates a special set of demands, but commercial equipment has been modified to meet them in some very clever and inventive ways.

Reference: AC-Engs

We know when the human body is exposed to constant levels of high heat, heat stress can become a serious concern.  As temperature, humidity, and hours of high heat increase, many may be at risk of experiencing heat stress or heat stroke.  This can result in occupational injury due to irritation to the senses, sweat in the eyes, fogging safety glasses, dehydration and light headedness.  Illness is also a serious concern. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion can exaggerate and worsen symptoms of colds or other health concerns workers must contend with.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, workers that are at the highest risk are outdoor workers, and workers in hot indoor environments such as firefighters, bakery workers, farmers, construction workers, miners, boiler room workers, and factory workers. Anyone who is older than 65 years of age, is overweight, or has any type of heart disease or high blood pressure is also at a much higher risk for heat related illness and injury.

Top 8 Recommendations to Reduce Heat Stress:

  1. Increase Air Flow and Velocity by using adequate air conditioning or mobile cooling solutions such as a spot cooler or misting fan.
  2. Use heat-Absorbing or Reflective Barriers.
  3. Reduce Overall Humidity in the workplace with proper air flow or dehumidification and moisture eliminating equipment such as mobile dehumidifiers, vortex fans, and air movers.
  4. Limit the amount of time workers are in the heat.
  5. Train all workers and supervisors to recognize the signs, symptoms, and treatments of heat stress.
  6. Ensure each worker is paired up with someone else so they can monitor each other for signs of heat exhaustion.
  7. Provide cool, clean water near work areas and encourage employees to stay well hydrated.
  8. Assess the physical fitness of employees in hot environments. Do not subject anyone with ongoing serious health issues to a high heat work environment.

Many facilities may not have adequate air conditioning installations or may have remote work sites where air conditioning isn’t an option. For those businesses, it is recommended to partner with a temperature control purchase and rental company. For more information on rental a/c units or purchasing a/c units for your facility such as Spot Coolers, Air Scrubbers, Dehumidifiers, Chillers and more contact Portable Air today at or 1-877-969-2821.



Spot Coolers are a great option when considering portable cooling for your building. Spot Coolers can quickly be set up in any location and for a variety of reasons. Once set up, Spot Coolers do not have to be constantly monitored, making them easy to maintain. Here are 5 reasons why you may want to rent a Spot Cooler for your location


If you live anywhere in the south, you know how hot it gets, especially at the end of spring and during the summer months. If you are planning an event during this time, you will want to consider renting an AC Unit to ensure the comfort of your guests and the success of your event.


Ambient temperature (ABM) refers to the temperature in a specific area.  ABM can be the temperature in a specific outdoor area, the temperature around a piece of equipment, or the temperature in a room or building. It a retail store, the ABM will be impacted by the air conditioning equipment used to cool/heat the store, the number of people in the store at one time, the insulation in the store, and the equipment in the store that puts off heat such as overhead lighting, computers, and other equipment.


Have you ever gone inside on an extremely hot day and found yourself overwhelmed with gratitude for the cool air provided by your air conditioner? If you’re at home, you may be thankful for your commercial indoor air conditioner, or if you are at the office, it may be an industrial HVAC system that you find yourself thankful for. It wasn’t that long ago that we couldn’t have that gratitude for our air conditioner because air conditioning either had not been invented, or was not yet available for commercial use. Some of us can even remember not having air conditioning in our homes or place of business. If you’ve ever caught yourself wondering about your air conditioning and where it came from, here is a brief history of air conditioning and how it all got started.



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