After a long year without travel, the world has begun to take flight once again. Portacool has cooling solutions for those in the aviation industry, whether it’s a hobby or a profession. But it’s easy to wonder: why do you need cooling solutions for airplanes? In the clouds, the air certainly feels much cooler, and the exhilaration of a flight is a welcome distraction from any heat you may experience.
But back on the ground, working in aviation can get extremely hot in the summertime, whether you are a hobbyist or professional. Hangars can be a great location for any maintenance or even leisure, such as planning trips and relaxing with friends. However, they can also get sweltering, even downright dangerous, if proper measures aren’t taken to combat the heat.
Thankfully, most airplane hangars naturally provide one of the most important elements to staying cool: shade. Shade can be a solution to counter the most negative effects of heat-related illnesses. Additionally, there are other measures that can be taken to stay cool even while your head is in the clouds.
Stay hydrated. Make sure to consume plenty of water before, during, and after working in a hangar to prevent overheating and dehydration. Additionally, carefully consider what to wear in the hangar. Just as you need the proper attire to fly, it’s essential to wear the right clothing when working in the heat. Make sure to wear loose, lightweight clothing made from an open-weave material like cotton or linen.
Aside from taking proper measures to hydrate and wear the appropriate clothing, it’s also vital to consider a bigger solution that can cool an area as large as an airplane hangar. However, the most common solutions to beat the heat aren’t always the most efficient or comfortable. Fans blow hot, stagnant air around. Misters introduce unwelcome moisture to the air and ground around them. And air-conditioning is impractical in large, open, or outdoor areas. Even mobile A/C units have ductwork that makes mobility an issue to vent the heat generated from the compressor.
Dan and Hollie McNeely in northeast Texas understood exactly how essential an effective cooling solution would be for their private airplane hangar. The hangar had become a private getaway for Dan, who enjoyed working on planes and restoring vintage vehicles in the space. However, the sweltering conditions in the hangar often interfered with Dan’s activities and limited his wife and friends’ ability to visit for long time periods. As a solution, Dan and Hollie decided to purchase Portacool evaporative coolers, which use evaporative technology to cool the air in the hangar without leaving any moisture behind or circulating stagnant air.
Portacool evaporative coolers function much like human skin, as they evaporate water from a reservoir in the machine. This leaves no trace of water behind – only cool air, which a fan can blow to distribute the air throughout the entire hangar. Even better, the coolers are easily transported and can be moved around the hangar or even outdoors as needed. All Dan and Hollie had to do was plug in their Portacool evaporative coolers, and they had a no-mess, easily moved cooling solution.
As you’re planning your next adventure, don’t forget to plot your aviation journey from the ground up, including how you can stay cool while working in your hangar. For more information on which Portacool evaporative cooler options can work for your hangar – public or private –visit our product page.