June 5, 2018 at 8:41 am #2124 Susan DobieParticipant Our home is in a hot, dry, north Texas climate where sometimes cooling is even needed in the winter. We are slowly renovating a home, plus my husband works in the garage on vehicles as a hobby, so trying to maintain some comfort can be a real challenge. We bought a Luma Comfort portable cooler to help out. It had a water container capacity of a little over 10 gallons, and at first, we lugged water back and forth which was a real pain. We finally got smart and connected the garden hose, which was a fantastic feature, and that made filling very convenient. The unit was on caster wheels for portability, however we did find it to difficult because the wheels tended to lock up (even while “unlocked”, especially when the water reservoir was full. More than once the air cooler almost took a tumble or got stuck in cracks when husband tried to push it out of his way. Luckily, even when full with water, it would weigh approximately 50 pounds so it wasn’t outrageously difficult to lift and move – we just wished we didn’t have to. The cooler was rated to cool about a 650 square foot space but we found that was a generous estimation. It worked fine when you sat or stood close, but it seemed the fans didn’t put out as much air circulation as we had hoped, even at high speed. Our back patio is about 800 square feet and is not only a gathering place for cookouts and conversation, but it’s also a work station for carpentry and crafts from the house. There is rarely only one person on the patio so it was a bit sad that we would have to rotate bodies to get closer to the cooling unit as we worked. A little bit more coverage would have been ideal. I was glad to have it while I was out cutting and sanding, but I did wish there would have been a remote control because on those fickle Texas days, when the wind blows all directions and the temperature varies by the hour, it became surprisingly tedious to stop what I was doing to walk over to the unit to manage the controls. Ultimately, it made an appreciated improvement while it lasted, but the water pump failed and we had only had it for three months. The life-span seemed unacceptably short.