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  1. Keeping Cool Beyond OSHA

    Keeping Cool Beyond OSHA

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can trace its history back to President Nixon’s signature in 1970.  Driven by calls from labor unions and the increasing reality of deaths and disabilities in many industries, both OSHA and its sidekick NIOSH were born.  Interestingly, OSHA became a division of the Department of Labor while NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) reported into the CDC, alias Health and Human Services.  Clearly the former deals with enforcement and the latter with research. Since its inception OSHA has done much to improve industrial safety, often in response to tragic episodes.  Many efforts and compliance directives have focused on chemicals and pollutants such as asbestos, vinyl chloride, arsenic, lead, benzene, and carcinogens.  Unsafe working conditions have been eliminated or diminished in many industries including shipbuilding, meat packing, petroleum refining, sugar, grain, construction,

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  2. Creative & Fun Holiday Gift Ideas & Patio Accessories Buying Guide

    Creative & Fun Holiday Gift Ideas & Patio Accessories Buying Guide

    Believe it or not, the holidays are fast approaching, which means many of us will be scrambling to come up with the perfect gift idea for each of our loved ones. But what about those on your list who are incredibly hard to buy for? What about the person who “has everything”? How can you manage to find the ideal gift that will not only wow them, but will have them thanking you for weeks, months and years to come? Here are a few ideas for you to consider.

     

    Patio Heater – This is the perfect time of year to start thinking about how best to stay warm, and there’s no better solution than a patio heaters. Not only will this keep those on your gift list cozy as the temperatures continue to drop, but they’ll also get the added bonus of being able to enjoy their time outdoors for longer. And since you’re the one who thought of the most awesome gift idea, you know you’ll be at the top of their invite list, so it’s a win-win!

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  3. Cool Off in Your Very Own Cabana or Keep Your Guests Cool Under a Shade Sail

    Cool Off in Your Very Own Cabana or Keep Your Guests Cool Under a Shade Sail

    When the temperatures rise, all creatures great and small suffer from the effects of the heat. Due to the recent extreme water shortages and arid conditions in the Western United States, plants, animals, and people alike are in search of relief from the outdoor inferno. Finding relief from the heat in these areas of the country is no longer a luxury; it is a necessity. Installing one of our natural misting and cooling systems at a home or business will deliver the comfort that everyone seeks from the unrelenting heat of the sun. Installing a cooling component such as a covered structure, will deliver a shaded refuge from the insistent heat. Adding a misting system to the structure will help to make the temperature of the area feel much cooler and tolerable. When a sturdily built fan is added to these shade producing structures, the experience is guaranteed to be a pleasurable one for all present. Using these cooling components will help to lower the risk of heat illnesses such as heat

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  4. Patio Umbrellas & Misting Fans Make Any Weekenders Back Yard the Cool Spot in Town

    Patio Umbrellas & Misting Fans Make Any Weekenders Back Yard the Cool Spot in Town

    It should go without saying that summer heat is inconvenient at best and unbearable at worst. If you're tired of putting up with the heat and humidity at home, misting can be an excellent way to lower the temperature and bring moisture to otherwise dry air. An important fact to remember is that air conditioners won't work for the open air; it won't works with closed windows as it pulls in from the air. With that in mind, you'll need an outdoor cooling system. Properly installed patio umbrellas and misting fans will make patios and gardens much more comfortable. Benefits of Patio Umbrellas The patio umbrella is considered one of the most common outdoor furniture accessories for the home. Most choose to use umbrellas as a means to get shade from the sun to keep guests comfortable and free from sun rays. There are other important benefits to owning such an accessory, however. As previously stated, the umbrella serves as shelter from the sun, but when using the right fabric,

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  5. Get More Time Outside This Summer with Our Portable Misting Fans & Tents

    Get More Time Outside This Summer with Our Portable Misting Fans & Tents

    The hot summer temperatures in your area will drive you inside or in the pool, but you can stay outside using the special misting fans and misting tents created for home use. You have seen large misting systems at sports stadiums, but these systems are designed for home use. You may place a portable misting fan in your backyard, and all your guests will rest in cool comfort during your summer parties. This article explores how these fans work, how to set up the tents and when to make best use of these systems. #1: What Is A Misting Fan? A large misting fan using air power to blow cool water vapor over a large area. The fans alone are several feet in diameter, and you may adjust the speed of the fan to meet your needs. The lowest setting on each fan will calmly blow water vapor in your face, and the highest setting on the fan will blow the mist over a large area. You may cover a small backyard with just one fan, or you can blow the water vapor into an enclosed deck.

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  6. Our Misting Fans & Misting Systems Are The Answer to Your Summer Heat Wave

    Our Misting Fans & Misting Systems Are The Answer to Your Summer Heat Wave

    If you are like many other people across the country, you do not need to turn on the news to know that heat waves are plaguing the nation. You may only have to step outside to feel the intense, stifling heat overwhelm you. In many locations, the heat is so oppressive that people will spend most of the days during the summer indoors and may only venture outdoors when the temperature lowers at night. Others, however, have found a great way to beat the heat without being cooped up indoors all summer long through the installation of misting systems and misting fans. While summer may be coming to an end, you can continue to stay cool for the rest of the season and can prepare for the inevitable summer heat wave next year by investing in cooling fans and systems for your patio space. What Are Misting Systems? There are cooling systems available for both residential and commercial use, and these vary by their size, power and capabilities. They can just as well be used on a

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  7. HUGE SALE on Our 24" Misting Fans Now, ONLY at Cool-Off.com

    Misting fans are all the rage for summer. However, with summer coming to a close, they're all going on sale. 24 inch misting fans from Cool-Off work amazingly well. Why should you get a misting fan? To start, misting in the environment can help keep you and your employees cool. In a business where your employees spend a lot of time outside, this could be the difference between a working employee and an employee in the hospital with heat stroke. The large area that many fans cover could be the difference between a full paycheck and hospital bills. If you don't have a business to run, misting fans still benefit you. The area on your porch that always seems to be ten degrees hotter can be cooled with something like a 24 inch misting fan. Not only will you create a breeze, but the mist itself will be dispersed around the area and help cool it off. Even if your porch stays fairly cool in the summer, it would be nice to make it a little cooler.
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  8. Cool-Off Suggests Shade Sail Best Practices

    Shade sails are among the most revolutionary products designed to make time spent outdoors more pleasant. They are highly effective at providing shade from the hot sun and protecting against dangerous UV rays. At the same time, shade sails are also aesthetically pleasing, extremely versatile and can really pull together the look and design of your residential or commercial outdoor space. If you’re considering investing in a shade sail, here are a few best practices to keep in mind.

    Shade sails are ideal in the following scenarios… Outdoor spaces that feature contemporary architecture. The sharp lines and linear shapes make shade sails the perfect addition to these types of designs. They can also add a much needed splash of color to brighten up the area.

    People who don’t want permanent structures. Let’s say you’d like to have shade from the sun during the summer months, but prefer to

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  9. 5 Reasons You Should Invest in an Outdoor Cabana

    67 You’ve probably seen them at resorts and other commercial places that have pools. Maybe you’ve even seen one in the backyard of a friend or colleague. Outdoor cabanas are structures that are typically placed near a pool or in a patio area. They serve as shelter from the elements, but they are much more than that. If you’re thinking of investing in a cabana for your own yard, but you’re not completely convinced yet, here are 5 reasons you should take the plunge. Increase the Value of Your Home – Imagine for a moment
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  10. Creative Ways to Use a Misting System

    greenhouse We’ve spent the past several months sharing thoughts, ideas and tips on how to best leverage a misting system for your home or business. Aside from the more common uses, such as cooling a private patio area or a public space like a restaurant’s outdoor dining section, there are literally dozens of different ways you can use a misting system to your advantage. Let’s take a look at a few more creative ideas that may just surprise you.

    Farms – Whether you’re raising dairy cows and beef cattle for profit or you’re breeding prize stallions, one thing all farmers have in common is the experience of unpleasant summer heat. Not only does this affect all the people who

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