Staying Cool Outdoors during the Covid-19 Pandemic: A guide for restaurants, hotels, schools, and outdoor gatherings

Over the last six months, the WHO and CDC have continued to evolve their recommendations about coronavirus. However, one piece of advice has remained consistent—being outdoors is safer than being indoors.

To survive in the new normal, businesses, schools, and associations have started to adapt by transitioning their operations to outside. Legendary delis have added al fresco dining, universities are moving to circus tent classrooms, and town halls have been held in parking lots.

Outdoor Air Cooling is Now Essential

Outdoor air cooling is now a vital part of any business transition plan to ensure customers stay safe during extreme temperatures and have an enjoyable and comfortable experience.

It’s critical to get your cooling solution in place now so you’re ready by the first summer heat wave. 

The CDC’s Recommendation: Evaporative Air Coolers (Swamp Coolers)

Honeywell Portable Evaporative Air Cooler

The CDC states that "...cross-draft airflow augmented by evaporative coolers may provide a safer alternative.” Air coolers provide cool, mist-less breeze in any outdoor climate (indoors coolers work best when humidity is <60%). Unlike a fan that just blows hot air around, an evaporative air cooler reduces the air temperature.

Outdoor coolers are easy to install in any setting with an outlet and easily moved around as your needs change. Best of all, air coolers consume very little power, minimizing your energy costs.

The Best Air Coolers for Closer Range Cooling

Ideal for Restaurants, Outdoor Classrooms, Medical Facilities, & Children’s Outdoor Play Areas

Fan based air coolers like the Honeywell CO60PM or the Honeywell CO810PM provide robust and broad airflow that’s perfect for wider, closer-in spaces. Extra-wide fan blades cool large spaces with minimal effort.

Honeywell fan-based air coolers are built with heat-proof aluminum fan blades that withstand extreme temperatures. Some brands cut corners with cheaper plastic blades that could deform during a heatwave or when exposed under direct sunlight for long periods of time.

The Best Air Coolers for Larger and Longer Spaces

Ideal for Outdoor Events, Cafeterias, Weddings, Theme Parks, Concerts

Blower based air coolers are good for instant cooling in a specific area. They’re designed for range and will cool longer distances with strong air throw. 

Case Study: Six Flags Over Texas Theme Park, September 9, 2019. Honeywell Portable Outdoor Air Coolers cooling guests in cafeteria and ride lines during summer of 2019.

We suggest the Honeywell CO70PE with double high-pressure blower technology. For even larger spaces up to 610 Sq. feet, the Honeywell CO301PC has you covered. Both models come with multiple blower speeds, full-function remote control, and an energy-saving off timer.

To Ensure Safety and Longevity Get Outdoor Rated Air Coolers:

Source:, June 2020. “GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter): These devices protect you from electrical shocks due to faults. Per the UL 507 standard, products marketed and intended for outdoor use must have GFCI plugs to meet this standard.”

 All Honeywell outdoor air coolers are outdoor rated:


  • Certified by ETL to meet strict UL* outdoor appliance regulations.
  • GFCI safety plug provides extra protection against any potential electrical shock.
  • Rugged UV-Resistant Plastics prevent fading or cracking.
  • Waterproof to withstand the elements.
  • Aluminum heat proof fan blades withstand extreme temperatures; unlike, cheaper plastic blades used by other brands.

Need a Personalized Recommendation for Your Business?

Contact us! Whether you manage a restaurant, run a daycare, or host outdoor classes for students, we’re happy to suggest the best coolers for your business needs. Our portable air coolers are ready to ship so you can restart your business ASAP.

Honeywell Outdoor Air Coolers Sales Contact: 

Mark Lomauro:

Stay safe and well!


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