Outdoor Misting Fan: The Top 3 for Workers Compared

Outdoor Works Misting Fan

There’s work and then there’s hard labor. While people sitting in their office cubicle complain about their coffee being too cold, men and women everywhere are scooping, digging, raking, picking, scrubbing, lugging, and more. And on most days, they’re outside at the mercy of the elements. As the weather warms up, overheating becomes an increasing concern for these workers.The United States Department of Labor even has an ongoing “Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers.”

Outdoor Workers Heat

Outdoor workers are susceptible to heat illness when temperatures rise.

One way to combat hot temperatures in such workplaces is with an outdoor misting fan. This appliances work exactly as the name suggests: they use water, combined with air blown by a fan, to cool an area down. The fan head usually has several nozzles or a centrifugal pump system through which the water is sprayed, and this cool mist is then spread and circulated by the fan. Some mister fans draw water from a storage tank, while others can be directly connected to a hose.

There are many outdoor mist fans on the market, but not all will get the job done. Whether you’re an employer seeking to keep your hard-working crew cool, or an employee who wants to take the initiative to prevent heat stress, or a DIY enthusiast looking for a solution to being too hot in your own backyard, the below guide summarizes 3 popular outdoor misting fans so you can make a quick decision on which one to purchase. At the bottom of the article, you can find a quick reference chart of each mister’s main specs.

Lasko 7050 Misto Outdoor Misting Fan

Lasko 7050 Misto Outdoor Misting Fan for Work

Lasko 7050 Misto Outdoor Misting Fan

Cooling Coverage Area

The Lasko 7050 is one of the most popular outdoor misting fans because it’s a compact, low profile unit at a low price. Customers have found that this product can cool areas up to about 30 square feet. This means this fan is more suited for personal use in an outdoor work space, and you would need one of these for every few workers.

Temperature Drop and Water Connection

Within its cooling radius, Lasko’s outdoor misting fan can drop temperatures by about 25°F. To use this appliance, you must have access to a continuous water supply, and it comes with a 9’ water hose that attaches to a standard garden hose. This fan mister has no water tank and so will only run for as long as you have the spigot turned on.

Oscillation, SpRAY, and Fan Speeds

The actual fan component on the Lasko 7050 Misto does not oscillate, but it can be pivoted on a 90° angle. It also has louvers that automatically oscillate/move to create a wide misting sweep. You can choose between 3 fan speeds — low, medium, and high — and there are 3 misting nozzles. This outdoor mist fan is very effective at cooling within a close range, though one customer complaint is that it gets everything which is too close — i.e. under 5 feet — too wet.

Lasko 7050 Misto Outdoor Misting Fan Nozzles

The Lasko 7050 Misto Fan front misting nozzles and fan louvers.

Base, Dimensions, and Construction

The Lasko outdoor misting fan is very small, but heavy for its size. It measures 12.3″L x 16.25″W x 14.85″H and weighs 16.7 pounds. The fan sits very low to the ground and so you’ll need to use the pivot feature to direct the mist upwards. It does not have wheels, but does have a large carrying handle on the rear. This misting fan is made out of plastic and is designated as weather, UV, and rust-resistant. It’s also intended for outdoor use only, and so is engineered to hold up under the elements.

Price

The Lasko 7050 outdoor misting fan runs for about $115. This is fairly inexpensive, but it’s important to remember that this model has a relatively small cooling area. Thus, this portable mister would be most suitable and cost-effective for small outdoor crews or for home outdoor projects.

Luma Comfort MF26B 26″ Commercial Misting Fan

Luma Comfort MF26B Outdoor Misting Fan for Workers

Luma Comfort MF26B Commercial Outdoor Misting Fan

Cooling Coverage Area

The Luma Comfort MF26B is considered a commercial misting fan and is ideal for larger-scale applications than the Lasko 7050. That’s because it offers a substantially wider coverage area of 1,000 square feet. This mister fan is specifically designed for cooling big areas such as athletic fields, greenhouses, and more.

Temperature Drop and WaTer Connection

The MF26B commercial mist fan can also provide a more significant reduction in ambient temperature, with a 30-45°F drop, and operates with optimal output in temperatures up to 104°F. That means that it can bring the working temperature down to a nice 70°F or below in extreme heat conditions. Unlike the other two misting fans on this list, Luma Comfort’s product runs off of a water tank, with a 5 hour misting time. The tank can hold up to 4.4 gallons of water. This makes this outdoor cooler more convenient if you don’t have immediate access to a water hose line. However, it will require refilling once during an 8 hour work day.

Oscillation, Spray, and Fan Speeds

Luma Comfort’s misting fan combines a high pressure, centrifugal misting system with a blower fan. That means there are no misting nozzles and thus no possibility of clogging from hard water build-up. There are 3 fan speeds to choose from — low, medium, and high — with respective RPMs of 1400, 1500, and 1700. This outdoor fan has a very wide head, at 26 inches across, and when combined with the oscillation option, is highly effective at cooling horticulture, agriculture, and commercial operations.

MF26B Outdoor Misting Fan Close Up

The Luma Comfort MF26B uses centrifugal technology instead of misting nozzles.

Base, Dimensions, and Construction

The Luma Comfort MF26B is a fairly heavy appliance, weighing 89 pounds. Its dimensions are 17.30″L x 26.00″W x 76.60″H, so it has a much bigger footprint than the Lasko 7050, with the most space required vertically on this list. However, this fan is considered a “pedestal misting fan with cart.” In other words, it has a pedestal base that has wheels on the bottom, and handles on the fan stand. So while it’s more unwieldy in terms of overall size, it’s still easy to move around between work locations. This outdoor mist fan is made out of heavy-gauge, anti-corrosive stainless steel, and is weather-resistant.

Price

The Luma Comfort MF26B Outdoor Misting Fan costs approximately $750. While this is substantially more than the Lasko 7050, it does provide over 30x as much cooling coverage area. This product would be a better investment than the previous fan we looked at if you’re looking to cool workers in big commercial spaces.

NewAir AF-520B 18-Inch Ultra Quiet Outdoor Misting Fan

NewAir AF-520B Outdoor Misting Fan for Work

NewAir AF-520B Outdoor Misting Fan

Cooling Coverage Area

One of the most popular misting fans available, NewAir’s AF-520B rides the middle ground between the previous two products we looked at. It can provide cool mist in spaces up to 500 square feet. This makes it still suitable for larger work space applications and also appropriate for home DIY project use.

Temperature Drop and Water Connection

Customers have found that NewAir’s misting fan is effective at dropping temperatures by about 30°F. Like the Lasko 7050, this outdoor misting fan does not have a water tanks and instead works via a connection to a standard 0.75″ garden hose. As long as you have a supply of running water coming through the hose and the fan’s misting hose valve turned on, this unit will continue to provide cool air.

OSCILLATION, SPRAY, AND FAN SPEEDS

The NewAir AF-520B has an 18″ wide fan head that oscillates. Unique from the other two models, it also is a fully adjustable head, meaning that it can be tilted in different directions for concentrated cooling. Furthermore, the height of the actual fan stand can be changed with an adjustment knob, for low-reaching, high-reaching applications, and anything in between. Just like the other two outdoor misting fans, this one has 3 fan speeds to choose from: High (50W), Medium (45W), and Low (40W). This product has 3 misting nozzles and the fan can be used without the misters turned on.

NewAir AF-520B Outdoor Work Misting Fan At Work

The NewAir AF-520B misting fan nozzles at work.

BASE, DIMENSIONS, AND CONSTRUCTION

As an outdoor misting fan, the NewAir AF-520B is supposed to used outdoors. That means it can be left outside in the elements and it will still start-up without a problem. This product is constructed from weatherproof plastic and metal. At its tallest, it measures 19.38″L x 19.38″W x 55.00″H. This outdoor misting fan is lightweight at just 16 pounds, which is less than the more compact Lasko 7050. However, the AF-520B mister does not have wheels on its pedestal base or a carrying handle, so is more inconvenient to transport.

PRICE

The NewAir AF-520B costs approximately $130, making it a nice mid-range outdoor misting fan. It can effectively cool several workers at once, though is probably most-effective for backyard work projects or smaller landscaping applications.

LASKO 7050

LUMA COMFORT MF26B

NEWAIR AF-520B

MAX RUN-TIME (HOURS)

Unlimited (Hose connection)

5

Unlimited (Hose connection)

MAX COVERAGE AREA (SQ.FT)

~30

1000

500

TEMPERATURE DROP (°F)

25

30-45

~30

OSCILLATES

Louvers Only

Yes

Yes

WATER TANK SIZE (GALLONS)

Connects to Hose

5

Connects to Hose

BASE

Non-wheeled

Wheeled

Non-Wheeled

CONSTRUCTION

Plastic

Stainless Steel

Plastic/Metal

FAN SPEEDS

3

3

3

PRICE

$115

$730

$130

All of these misting fans would be helpful in cooling off outdoor work zones. If space is an issue and you’re seeking more compact, immediate cooling, the Lasko 7050 Misto is a good choice. However, the NewAir AF-520B mister provides a nice balance between more commercial-grade cooling power and cost-effectiveness, and would be a good investment in casual work scenarios — though it might not be as effective in heat extremes as the Luma Comfort MF26B Outdoor Misting Fan. The MF26B is by far the most powerful and effective option for commercial work spaces, so if you or your workers are repeatedly exposed to higher temperatures, this is the best misting fan option.

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Do You Need a Humidifier or Vaporizer for Your Home Allergy Needs?


Humidifiers
are devices that emit water vapor, or steam, to help increase the moisture levels in an area.

hc12b-piano-300They are useful in keeping a home, or other living environment, at a desired humidity level. Ideally, the relative humidity in your home should be approximately 30 to 50 percent.

If it happens to go above or dip below this ideal range, it affects your health and the comfort level of your home. Doctors and health experts around the world believe that a healthy home is one in which the humidity levels are around 30 to 50 percent.

If your house isn’t in that range currently, you could be at risk for health issues.

A vaporizer is actually just a type of humidifier. It accomplishes the same thing that a humidifier does; it just does so in a different way.

  • Humidifiers typically moisten the air using a cool mist, or some form of cool evaporated water.
  • A humidifier can fling water droplets into the air, or spray it into the air.
  • A humidifier adds humidity to the air using cool water.

Vaporizers, on the other hand, are warm mist humidifiers that use boiling water to create steam.

  • Vaporizers add moisture to the air by shooting steam into the environment.
  • The steam adds humidity into the air.
  • It can also warm up the air around it.
  • Vaporizers are good tools for the winter, because they will warm up the air inside your home.

Deciding between a cool mist humidifier and a warm steam vaporizer is often a personal decision.

Humidifiers that use cool mist methods will moisten the air and keep rooms at a comfortable temperature. Vaporizers often warm rooms and can make them feel humid and a bit swampy.

The two appliances both accomplish the same goal, but they do so in far different manners. . Both of these machines can ease the discomfort of living in a dry environment when used correctly, and both have their pros and cons

  • Vaporizers

Pros

o   The water that is evaporated in a vaporizer is 100% clean. Since it must be boiled first, all of the bacteria and viruses that were in the water will be gone.

o   They can be used to inhale medications to help relieve cold and flu symptoms

o   Vaporizers can use tap water which is often times more convenient

o   Vaporizers warm up the air inside the home, because it uses steam to add humidity into the air. Air stays warmer longer when the air is filled with warm humidity. This can lower energy costs.

Cons

o   These can be extremely dangerous around small children because they do utilize boiling water, and get really hot. Curious children may burn themselves while playing around them.

o   Vaporizers will heat a room, which can cause a swampy feeling

Pros

o   Humidifiers are completely safe and can in no way burn anyone.humidifier-mist-250

o   They increase moisture in the air

o   They moistening nasal passages and skin which can relieve cold symptoms

Cons

o   Humidifiers can be a breeding ground for bacteria if they are not cleaned properly and actually can cause your family to get sick.

o   They are often more expensive than vaporizers and need replacement filters every few weeks, which can also get costly.

If you live in an environment that needs some added humidity, you can benefit from owning a humidifier. Choosing between a humidifier and a vaporizer is just a matter of personal preference.

A humidifier and a vaporizer both do the same thing; add humidity into the air. How they do it though, is different. Both a humidifier and a vaporizer have pros and cons, and choosing which one is right for your home depends on your needs and concerns.

Either way, owning a humidifier or a vaporizer can be immensely beneficial.

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How Safe is A Humidifier?

What is a Humidifier? 

hc12b-luma-2Humidifiers are machines that add moisture to the air, usually in order to combat a dry, arid environment. There are many different types of humidifiers, but they all have the same function; control humidity.

How Safe Is A Humidifier?

One main concern on many people’s minds in terms of humidifiers is whether or not the device is safe. No one wants to bring an unsafe appliance into their home and affect the safety of their family.

To ensure the safety of your humidifier, it is important to purchase product that UL or ETL tested.

UL, or Underwriters Laboratories, is an independent organization that writes and tests products for safety. To be UL approved means that the product has been put through safety tests and has passed all of them.

ETL is another testing laboratory that has been conducting safety tests since the 1800s. ETL listed products have been tested and have met all of the minimum requirements for the U.S. product safety standards. Both of these certifications mean that a humidifier is safe for your home and your family.

Risks of Using a Humidifier

For the most part, owning and operating a humidifier is inherently safe, and here are many benefits of using one in your home.

The risks that humidifiers present are usually not caused by the humidifier itself, but from improper use and maintenance of the humidifier.

The most common mistakes owners make when using a humidifier are;

  • Основные CMYKIrregular Cleaning: A humidifier typically needs to be cleaned after every use. If a humidifier is not properly cleaned after every use, harmful bacteria and pathogens can be released into the air.
  • Not Changing Water: The water needs to be changed in the humidifier every time the humidifier is turned off. There should never be water left standing in the humidifier. Standing water is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, that once turned on again, the humidifier will release into the air.
  • Not Checking Filters (if applicable): If the humidifier has a filter, it needs to be regularly checked, cleaned and replaced. If it is not, the filter will not do its job of filtering harmful contaminants. These contaminants will end up in the air you are breathing, if the filter is not clean.
  • Using Tap Water: Tap water contains harsh minerals that can form deposits in the humidifier. These deposits allow for the growth of harmful bacteria, as well as produce “white dust”, a common problem in humidifiers.

Because humidifiers use water to moisten the air, there are certain risks involved when water is left standing in the humidifier.

  • Warm, still water can grow harmful bacteria and mold that when then used will be released into the air. This can trigger asthma attacks in asthmatic people, or trigger cold and flu like symptoms for those that are sensitive to allergies. Even people with excellent immune systems can face serious uncomfortable symptoms resulting from mold, fungi, and bacteria in the air.
  • There is some concern about the “white dust” that can be released from a humidifier that usually occurs when the water has too many un-dissolved minerals in it.

Both of the above problems can be solved by using distilled or demineralized water in the humidifier.

Tap water has minerals that deposit inside the humidifier and can promote growth of harmful bacteria. Also, white dust is caused by the minerals and deposits found in tap water. Using distilled or demineralized water can eliminate these problems.

Maintaining Your Humidifier

sneeze cough sickProper maintenance is important in order to reduce bacteria, prevent and reduce scale, and to keep it operating properly.

Regular maintenance is essential to keeping your humidifier running properly. Before buying a humidifier, read about the model’s maintenance plan to ensure the upkeep is one you want to commit to.

  • In general, humidifiers need to be cleaned after each use.
  • The inside of a humidifier should be wiped down in order to prevent the accumulation of minerals and bacteria. Humidifiers should also have their filters replaced at least once every season.
  • Filters begin to discolor whenever they collect debris from the atmosphere, so whenever you noticed your filter losing its pristine color, it’s time to change it.
  • Use distilled or demineralized water to avoid white dust and bacteria growth.
  • Change the water after every use.

If properly maintained, humidifiers are very safe to own and use. Choosing to use a humidifier comes with an assortment of benefits including; reduced allergies, reduced infections, and increased comfort level of the home. Keeping your home’s humidity between 30% and 50% is essential for health and comfort, and using a humidifier is a safe and effective way to do so.

How Does a Humidifier Control Humidity?

hc12b-400What is a Humidifier?

Humidifiers are machines that add moisture to the air, usually in order to combat a dry, arid environment.

There are many different types of humidifiers, but they all have the same function; controlling humidity.

What is Humidity?

Humidity is used to describe the amount of moisture in the air.

We need humidity to feel comfortable. The ideal humidity range within a home should range between 30-50%.

When humidity is too low, it can cause a variety of symptoms including; itchy skin, dry eyes, and irritated respiratory tract. Having too low of humidity can also be damaging to a house and wooden furniture as well.

Humidity that is too high can also be troublesome, and have its own negative effects. We need the right amount of moisture in the air to feel comfortable.

Uses for Your Humidifier

Humidifiers can be used for a variety of reasons.

Not only do they make your home more comfortable, they also are good for your health.

Humidifiers can help relieve pesky allergies and reduce the occurrence of infections and illnesses in your home.

  • No matter how clean your home is, you probably still have a few biological contaminants lurking around.
  • These contaminants include bacteria, mold, mildew, animal dandruff, viruses and pollen.
  • Any or all of these can cause allergies to flare up and make you and your family miserable.
  • ANW-Spring-2010-300x246Humidifiers help reduce the growth of many of these biological contaminants.
  • If the relative humidity in your home is set to 30 to 50 percent, then molds, mildew, bacteria and viruses will not be able to thrive. This will reduce their abundance and your home will become allergy-free.

Humidifiers also help reduce infections.

Bacteria and viruses need a certain environment to thrive, which is generally a moist, warm one.

Cigarette buttsIf you have a humidifier and can control the amount of moisture in your home’s air, then you can stunt the growth of pathogens and keep your family healthy.

Besides making your home safer, humidifiers also increase the comfort level of your home.

By moistening the air, they create the perfect environment to keep your family healthy and happy. Humidity will keep your respiratory tract working properly and will help alleviate dry skin and lips.

What Does a Humidifier Do?

A humidifier is a device used to control the amount of humidity in the air. Humidifiers are typically used in environments that need more humidity. Humidifiers come in four basic sizes that can humidify a single room, all the way up to a single home.

  • Tabletop and tower humidifiers are great for single rooms.
  • Console humidifiers can humidify several rooms of your home at one time.
  • Whole house humidifiers can fill your entire house with humidified air.

Humidifiers are not recommended for environments where the humidity is already high. In environments with too high of humidity, a humidifier is not beneficial and a dehumidifier should be used instead.

How Does a Humidifier Control Humidity?

Humidifiers control humidity by regulating how much moisture is in the air. They are typically used in environments that require more humidity. There are many different types of humidifiers, but all of them work with the same principal, and that is to add moisture. There are four different types of humidifiers.

  • Impeller or Cool Mist- these humidifiers are the most common humidifiers on the market today. They add moisture to the air by utilizing the natural evaporation of water.  An impeller humidifier works by spraying water on a rotating disc, the water is then diffused and turns into tiny droplets. The air is moistened with these droplets in the form of a cool, fine mist.
  • humidifier-mist-250Steam Vaporizer– these humidifiers utilize heating elements that heat water before dispersing it into the air by way of steam.
  • Ultrasonic– these are mist humidifiers and disperse micro-fine cool or warm mist into the air to keep the environment moist and at the perfect temperature.
  • Evaporative– these humidifiers produce humidity by drawing air into the system from the environment and moistening it inside of the humidifier. The air is then expelled to increase the humidity of the room.

Generally, humidifiers have a large reservoir of water attached to their base.

Air then passes through a filter and expels some of the water by way of mist or steam, depending on the type of humidifier.

The evaporated water helps moisten the air. The amount of water evaporated depends on the relative humidity of the environment. Humidifiers on the market today are self-regulating. During times of high relative humidity, there is little water evaporated into the environment. During times of low relative humidity, humidifiers will release large amounts of moisture.

Humidifiers control humidity by adding the right amount of moisture to the air. Although, there are many different types of humidifiers and each one has its own pros and cons, choosing a humidifier can be an excellent way to combat dry air problems you may having in your home.