Misting Fans Save the (Race) Day in Indy

Indianapolis 500 Race Track

Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 was nearly the hottest race day on record, with the temperature topping out at 91 degrees. The on-track temperature was even warmer, hitting 133 degrees midway through the race. Luckily for race fans, officials in Indy were prepared for the heat. According to the Indianapolis Star, track officials set up 78 misting fan stations throughout the Speedway. They received rave reviews from fans too:

“Those little misting stations are awesome,” Rose said. “It’s making it easier to stay cool.”

Thanks to proper planning and the large number of misting areas available, there were fewer medical issues and emergencies than track officials had initially feared. While roughly 200 fans were treated at the Speedway on Sunday, the majority were the result of intoxication.

As the summer goes on, expect to see misting fans pop up at outdoor events across the country to keep people cool and safe from the heat.

Keeping Industrial Areas Cool with an Evaporative Cooler

Although it’s going to be pretty mild in Southern California this Memorial Day weekend, it looks like it will be a hot one all over the rest of the country. Anywhere east of Nevada will be looking at temperatures in the 90s for the next few days, and if you live in the south, get ready for almost record high temperatures in the middle to upper 90s. Overall, it looks like the heat will setting records in many parts of the country and there’s no sign of it letting up any time soon.

Like many people, our favorite way to stay cool is to stay home with the air conditioner turned on full blast with a cool, refreshing drink in hand. But what happens if you happen to get stuck in the middle of a heat wave while you’re at work?

If you’re fortunate enough to work in an office, you’ll probably be in an air conditioned environment anyway. However, if you work in a manufacturing, industrial or commercial setting such as a warehouse, large commercial building, factory or jobsite, staying cool may not be so simple.

Since these types of commercial properties usually have large numbers of people and equipment, they add a lot more heat to the property, which means you’d need a very powerful (and costly) system to adequately cool the entire area. Plus these areas are subject to abrupt temperature changes, so installing industrial-sized air conditioners may not even be a feasible cooling solution.

A more effective and less expensive way to keep employees cool in commercial and industrial environments is to cool individual workspaces separately. Another benefit to this is that it keeps the remaining environment at room temperature, which may be important if there’s temperature-sensitive machinery or merchandise being stored.

We recommend using evaporative coolers in these situations because they offer a mobile, installation-free climate control solution that’s both inexpensive and eco-friendly. The Luma Comfort EC220W is designed for commercial/industrial settings and brings instant cooling to areas up to 650 square feet for just a few cents a day.

The EC220W works without a compressor yet cools the air in your workplace naturally – maximizing energy efficiency and keeping operating costs low. When warm air first enters the cooler, it’s passed through a dust and odor-reducing carbon filter. This filtered air then enters a rigid cooling pad where water channeled from the water tank absorbs heat from the warm air. This cools and humidifies the air before it’s propelled back into your immediate area. By using an evaporative cooler like the EC220W in your warehouse or job site, you’ll not only prevent heat stress and other health issues such as dehydration and exhaustion, but you’ll also feel more comfortable and experience increased productivity!

The Luma Comfort EC220W is currently available through our network of authorized dealers.

Planning the Perfect Memorial Day Party

Memorial Day Party Ideas

Memorial Day is coming up, which means summer is just around the corner.  We can’t think of a better excuse to throw an outdoor party, so follow these tips and let the fun begin!

Setting the Theme

We’re traditionalists and like to show off our patriotic side whenever we can.  But instead of having stars and stripes everywhere, we suggest decorating your outdoor space with red, navy blue and white pieces, with just a few key items adorned with the flag.  These key items can be elements such as your centerpiece, your cupcake toppers or even printed menu cards.  Not having too much flag stuff keeps your party fresh and modern.

Food and Drinks

Burgers and hot dogs are pretty much expected at any BBQ, but you can mix things up a bit by serving gourmet versions of these 2 grilling mainstays.  For example, instead of regular burgers and hot dogs, why not serve Kobe sliders and turkey dogs on French rolls?  You can also set up a fixings bar with a variety of tasty toppings for your guests.  An array of marinated veggies, hummus, bacon and different types of shredded cheeses all make wonderful burger/hot dog accompaniments.  Don’t forget your classic condiments like ketchup and mustard for those who want to keep it simple, though.

For beverages, grab a stainless steel beverage cooler and keep it stocked with 2 or 3 varieties of your favorite bottled microbrews.  While we’re a fan of cocktails, instead of playing bartender and mixing different drinks all night, why not make a few pitchers of just one killer drink.  Mix together some strawberry schnapps, vodka and club soda together.  Grab some lowball glasses, dip the rims in some blue colored sugar, fill with ice and pour this yummy concoction over it for a spectacular summer thirst quencher.

Last but not least, you’ll need a dessert.  You can make regular store bought ice cream sandwiches festive by dipping the edges in red and blue sprinkles and serving them on a pretty platter.

Keep Your Guests Comfy

Depending on where you live, it may already feel like the middle of summer during your party, so it’s important to think of your guests’ comfort.  Purchase some mini red, white and blue folding fans at your local party supply store and put one by each place setting.  Last but not least, you can also have a misting fan set up in your backyard for even more cooling!

Tips for Finding an HVAC Professional

HVAC ContractorAs we get closer to summer, you may need to find a contractor to help ensure your HVAC system is running in tip-top shape.  A home’s HVAC system encompasses the furnace, condenser, fan, air conditioner, ductwork and more.  It’s the most extensive (and oftentimes most expensive) combination of equipment in your home and accounts for almost 45% of your home energy usage, so it makes sense to find the right HVAC contractor for you.

Improper HVAC installation and maintenance not only interferes with your comfort, but it can also result in excess electricity usage, which also makes your AC system work harder and shorten its life.  We suggest following these tips when selecting an HVAC professional:

  • Hire a licensed contractor.  Although this may seem obvious, always make sure you’re hiring someone who’s licensed.  In general, licensed HVAC contractors will have at least 4 years of experience under their belt, have taken a trade exam, will have a bond and are regulated by the state you’re in.
  • Always call references.  Ask your HVAC contractor to provide a list of customer references and call them.  You’ll want to ask about the contractor’s work and if the job was completed on time and within the agreed upon budget.
  • Ask for a written, itemized estimated.  If you’re comparing bids from several contractors, make sure you have everything listed out and compare things such as energy costs and warranties.
  • Look for rebates and other special offers.  As one of the largest and most important purchases you’ll make as a homeowner, it’s a good idea to look for special rebates, incentives and offers on qualified cooling and heating equipment.  Start by contacting your electric company to get an idea of what deals are available.  After all, every penny counts!
  • Check to see if you’ll need a permit.  Building permits may be required for HVAC installations and modifications, and they’re typically issued by a local authority.  This is especially true if you’re looking to get a new HVAC system installed, adding ducting or removing an entire system from your home.
  • Be prepared for an inspection after the job is done.  Your newly installed cooling and heating system may need to be inspected by a building inspector to ensure it complies with all necessary codes.  This is a good thing because it serves as a quality assurance check on the work your contractor has done.

 

 

How Do Evaporative Coolers Work?

How Evaporative Coolers WorkWith the summer months quickly approaching, most consumers will be considering how their air conditioners will affect their electric bill.  But what many consumers don’t realize is that there’s a more natural, energy-efficient way to stay cool without breaking the bank.

In less humid climates such as Arizona, Utah or even parts of Southern California, an evaporative cooler is a viable cooling option for many homes in that it’s capable of significantly lowering indoor temperatures by using very little energy.   Your average evaporative cooler can cost up to half as much to operate than an air conditioner, and most portable household models use only as much electricity as a light bulb.  Large evaporative coolers can also be used for automotive, industrial, agriculture and horticulture applications.

An evaporative cooler is basically a large fan with a water-soaked cooling pad in front of it.  The fan brings in warm air from the outside and blows it through the pad, which cools the air and distributes it back into your room.  A water pump helps to continuously soak the cooling pad with water.  Some units, like the Luma Comfort EC45S and EC110S, also have built-in dust filters to capture any airborne particles that might be lurking in the air you breathe.

Just keep in mind that evaporative coolers work best in hot, dry climates.  Since an evaporative cooler basically uses humidity as the main element in the cooling process, it will slightly raise moisture levels, which may or may not be a good thing, depending on where you live.

How to Choose a Misting Fan

The summer heat can be absolutely brutal, particularly if there are activities or outdoor chores that need to be taken care of. The ideal solution is to figure out a way to get some relief from the stifling heat while you’re outdoors, and thankfully there’s a product that’s surprisingly effective and eco-friendly: the misting fan.

The technology behind a misting fan is similar to that of an evaporative cooler, and it all begins with water.  Misting fans have special high pressure pumps that generate water pressure while nozzles or misting plates reduce this pressure to tiny droplets.  This creates a fine mist that evaporates upon contact with the air and sunlight, resulting in a cooling effect of as much as 20 – 30°F.

When shopping for a misting fan, you’ll find both inexpensive residential models that are priced under $100 to commercial units priced in the thousands.  To ensure you’re getting the right misting fan for your needs, take into account these key points:

  • Pay attention to the fan’s construction.  Misting fans are constructed of either plastic or metal, with the latter obviously being the more expensive.  While it’s tempting to save a few dollars by purchasing a plastic unit, keep in mind that your fan will most likely be used outdoors where it will be exposed to the elements.  Opt for a fan with at least an all-metal fan head and blades – the extra cost is worth it in the long run.
  • Look for a powerful motor.  A misting fan’s motor should be powerful enough to be able to turn the blades and sufficiently move the air. Keep in mind that the air outside can provide a certain amount of resistance, which is why it’s important to get a fan with a powerful motor.
  • Choose between a centrifugal or nozzle system.  There are pros and cons to both types.  In general, misting fans with nozzles produce a mist you can feel, but these nozzles can get clogged constantly if you have hard water.  Centrifugal systems make use of misting plates that won’t clog, but the mist tends to be finer and drier.
  • Don’t forget about noise.  Misting fans aren’t exactly silent, but you’ll want one that makes the least amount of noise possible.  After all, you don’t want a loud fan to get in the way of your next outdoor party.  With the exception of a heavy-duty industrial mister with an extra-powerful motor, a home misting fan that makes less noise also usually means that it’s built with more precision and accuracy.

When shopping for misting fans, we recommend taking note of these tips.  By following these suggestions, you’ll find a misting fan that will last for years to come.