Published on August 28th, 2013 | by Greg0
Port-A-Cool Cyclone 2000: Comfort, Any Time Of Year
Sure, it’s not peak season for New Yorkers to need a break from the heat. But the temperatures have continued to be above 80-degrees here, which leaves quite a bit to be desired. And if your garage or office or attic is anything like ours, then you could use a respite from sweating. Plus, if you live in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, or anywhere with a year-round need for a bit of cooling, then today’s article should be of interest. Not traditionally meant for in-home use, units like this one are perfect for patios or rooftops, as well as most commercial or industrial applications, from sporting events to gyms.
The Port-A-Cool Cyclone 2000 is not an air conditioner- but in most respects, it’s far better. Using evaporative or water-based cooling, it offers a host of advantages, foremost among them lower power consumption. In our area, utility bills skyrocket over the hotter months, and this type of system can use as much as 75 percent less electricity as air conditioning. In addition, they add a bit of humidity to an area, so are great if you’re in a drier environment. No special power outlets or installation are required- this one rolls in and out easily, uses standard 110v power, with adjustable louvers to get cooler air to the right spot (though only really up/down, not side to side).
Of course, you need to pay attention to the size of a room and plan accordingly. While the output of air conditioners get a BTU rating (British Thermal Units), evaporative coolers are rated instead with CFMs (the cubic feet per minute of air). If you have higher ceilings, then you’ll need to take that into account, but the PAC Cyclone 2000 is rated to cool around 500 square feet of area- perfect for most spaces. Granted the unit itself is not as attractive as most air conditioners- the black plastic looks pretty industrial- but it isn’t that much larger than your typical air conditioner, 24 inches wide and 31 inches tall. You don’t need a window either or vent, which is quite handy. We set up at the back of a large room near a door, and instantly noticed the difference. Also, Port-A-Cool is made in America.
We found the unit to be a bit noisy- louder than an average air conditioner- but the bigger downside is that you need to monitor and refill the Cyclone with regular tap water. You don’t need to worry about refrigerants, which is great, but you will need to pay attention to the 10-gallon reservoir. We would’ve liked a better water indicator. Also, don’t expect a big drop in temperature- your results will depend largely on the humidity of the environment, with a drier environment being more effective, and around a 10 to 20-degree improvement in many cases. If you need more than that- if you live in 110-degree temps for instance- then this unit isn’t going to be a complete solution, though can certainly help. While it may not look pretty, you’ll find yourself thankful to have the Port-A-Cool Cyclone 2000- an easy to use, well-built, machine that does it’s job quite well. Available now online and in stores for around $600, and well worth it for a no-install, simple and effective cooling solution.