8 Quick Tips about Misting Fans

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misting-fansSummertime is meant to be spent outdoors. However, the immense heat can take a toll on your skin. Most people even fall ill if they are exposed to too much heat. This is why one should consider outdoor cooling options. The best way to remain cool while outdoors is to use a misting fan. You can install a misting fan near your pool or on the deck. It will help you stay cool during the summer.

1. Use Misting Fans Anywhere

Misting fans a great option for keeping a particular area cool. These fans actually spray mist along with distributing air and keeping the area cool. Misting fans can provide cooling in every area. In fact, it is a better option than air conditioning systems. Air conditioning systems require a closed space to provide substantial cooling. They cannot cool outdoor areas. Misting fans work in a different fashion and therefore prove more effective in outdoor areas. You can use a misting fan indoors as well. Depending on your preference, you can get portable or stationary misting fans. This allows you to use a misting fan almost anywhere. The Luma Comfort MF26B even comes mounted on a cart so that you can wheel your cooling mist anywhere it’s needed.

Luma Comfort MF26B misting fan2. Always Follow the Instructions in the Owner’s Manual

Misting fans use water to keep an area cool. This is why you should exercise certain precautions to ensure your safety and the unit’s proper functionality. The first and foremost precaution you should take is to keep the fan away from electricity. Since it sprays mist, it should not be kept close to electrical circuits. Misting fans may cause wires and circuitry to build up moisture which could lead to a short circuit. This can cause an electrical fire. Moreover, you should keep any items that are sensitive to water away from misting fans. For instance, if you have wooden furniture or other items that can be damaged by water, be sure to keep them at a distance.

3. Use Proper Spray Nozzles for the Best Cooling Effect

In essence, a misting fan works seamlessly to cool an area in any sort of an environment. However, there is a common misconception that it does not work well in humid areas. Misting fans create a mist. This gave rise to the idea that it will only make a humid environment more unpleasant by adding the mist. Fortunately, this is not the case. The only time a misting fan will make an environment unpleasant and humid is if the nozzles are not in working order. Otherwise, misting fans work best in areas where there is humidity. Since it is a cooling device, it is meant to be used in warm climates.

4. Maintain Your Misting Fan Properly

Another common misconception regarding misting fans is that they make everything near them wet. This is true to a certain extent, but only if it is used improperly. When the tiny water droplets are sprayed into the air, they cool off the air and then evaporate. However, misting fans are not supposed to cause a water buildup in the surroundings.

Water accumulation is usually caused when these fans are used indoors. While it is safe to use these fans indoors, you have to provide a proper ventilation source. If there is no ventilation available, there is a chance that the water will accumulate somewhere. But this is not because the misting fans do not work properly. It’s simply because the water drops don’t get the chance to evaporate.

Another reason why misting fans may cause moisture buildup is because the right nozzles have not been used. Always use manufacturer specified parts when maintaining fans. This will ensure proper functionality and prevent problems such as moisture buildup.

5. Make Sure the Area is Well Ventilated When Using the Fan

Misting fans can be used in any environment. However, you have to make sure that the area is well ventilated. If not, the misting fan could cause water buildup on objects near it. Moreover, you should not keep misting fans in areas with heavy foot traffic. Instead a misting fan should be kept in a corner where no one can touch it. If a misting fan is kept near people, someone could end up bumping into it. This can be a big problem as certain misting fans are balanced on top of a water tank. Should the water spill onto the electrical components, it could cause a short circuit. The fan could also end up being damaged in the process.

6. Keep Yourself Cool without Getting Wet

Many people believe misting fans make people wet. They believe that misting fans spray water on people and make them wet to stay cool. However, misting fans work quite differently. In fact, they do not make the surroundings wet. The tiny water droplets that are sprayed into the air cool down the surrounding air. Once the air is cooled the droplets evaporate. This is because the water droplets are immensely small. They do not have the density to make anyone wet. There is a chance of this happening, but only if the fan is malfunctioning. There are certain misting fans that are built with inferior quality materials. The nozzles used in these fans cause people and surroundings to get wet.

7. Consider the Best Water Supply Option

There are many different types of misting fans available in the market nowadays. Some are portable, while others need to be hooked to a water supply. For most portable models, there is a built-in water reservoir in the misting fan itself. You simply need to fill it with water and use it. On the other hand, there are some misting fans that require a large water tank or supply. However, this depends purely on the type of misting fan you choose. If you are at a distance from a water source, you should consider using a misting fan with a tank. You will need to refill the tank once the water runs out.

Luma Comfort MF18W misting fan8. Direct Water Hookups Offer Added Convenience

The misting fans that are available nowadays are more convenient than ever before. They do not have to be filled after the water runs out. Instead, the Luma Comfort MF18W provides a continuous supply of misting comfort. You can simply hook up your misting fan to a standard garden hose. The fan will continue working till it keeps receiving water from the faucet. If you are far from a faucet, you can use a tank or a reservoir to provide water.

To compare Luma Comfort’s misting fans, click here.

Design Milk is the Heaven of Home Décor

When checking out a new home, you try to imagine what it will look like once you’ve finally moved in. You try to picture yourself living there. You want it safe if you have kids, you want a backyard if you have a pet, or you want a huge kitchen if you cook. You also look at how your beautiful furniture and decor will fit in. But first, you must finish the essentials before settling into a new home.

My daughter and her family just purchased their first home in Los Angeles, California. It’s in part of the city that allows for an easy drive into downtown, where they work and shop. The house itself isn’t easy on the eyes as its older, but with a little love and care it will be her most prized possession. They have a few months before they officially move-in, and that’s plenty of time to get the home ready to comfortably live in. Of course, my husband and I helped them out for a weekend, and we spent time cleaning, painting, and unpacking the essentials at their new home. I encouraged her to create a “To-Do List” and she found it really helpful to make sure everything gets done before the big move. It’s important to only start working on the interior rather than exterior because that can always wait. Move-in day is quite tiring and you’ll be unpacking for days, but here is a list of important “to-do” items for every new homeowner. Please feel free to add on any others that come to mind:

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1. Change the Locks

The realtor or the previous owners may still have the keys. You’ll sleep like a baby knowing that no one is able to get into your home except for you. Setting up an alarm system isn’t a bad idea either however at the beginning you will have so many other expenses, so this is definitely something to consider once you have settled in.

2. Exterminate Pests

You can never be too careful. When you move into your new home, you spend several hours on your hands and knees cleaning floors, so why not do a proper job and get rid of those pests once and for all.

3. Check Plumbing

Even if the realtor stated the plumbing is fine, get it checked anyway. Hopefully you won’t have to pay an excruciating amount of money for fixes.

4. Clean, Clean, Clean

The house may have been cleaned before the keys are handed to you, but it’s better to do it yourself. To save time, hire a service that can deep scrub EVERYTHING…specifically the bathtub.

5. Install a New Toilet

I’m a germ freak. Install a new toilet because who knows how much bacteria is on that thing when you move in.

6. Find the Circuit Breaker

Label it, so you don’t kill yourself or someone else.

7. Install New Switch Plates

It will make the home feel newer with clean outlets or cover plates

8. Check the Smoking Detectors

Make sure they work. Test it by placing a lit candle near it.

9. Paint the Walls and Ceilings

Hopefully you have time to give the color of your walls a deep thought. If not, you can always paint them a neutral color like white or beige.

10. Get Rid of Peeping Toms

Cover windows with blinds, curtain, drapes, or shutters. Prevent nosy neighbors from looking in, so you can have some privacy.

11. Hook up the Internet

You’ll be making new memories at your new place, and letting your friends and family in on your new journey will be comforting. Once you have your internet installed, post some pictures! Remember to put a password on your wireless internet. It’s bad enough having nosy neighbors without them stealing your internet also.

12. Clean the Air

Clean your heating and cooling systems. Purchase an air purifier and humidifier for a healthier living lifestyle. Jaime Derringer, Founder and Executive Editor of Design Milk, says, “I think that it’s a challenge to work around any free-standing appliance or small tabletop appliance. It’s much easier when the appliance is hidden, good-looking or well-integrated.” Luckily for all you new homeowners, Luma Comfort is a handsome hunk. Say goodbye to ugly products! Our air purifiers and humidifiers will fit into your home décor without a hitch.

Jaime currently owns a humidifier that she consistently uses during the winter in her Southern California home. Without that moisture in the air, she would be drying up like a raisin. She recommends placing a humidifier in your bedroom and an air purifier in family rooms.

13. Furnish

imgresFurnishing your space can be expensive, so it’s important to have the basics – a table, sofa, bed, and chair. Moving around furniture can always make a huge difference on how you feel about your place. Even placing things on the wall, like art and photographs, is a quick way to make you feel at home. As you save more money for furniture, you can keep in mind how you want the personality of your home to show. That’s when Jaime and Design Milk come in to save the day again!

Design Milk is the definition of eye candy. It’s an online magazine dedicated to bringing you the best in modern art, architecture, interior design, furniture, décor, fashion, and technology. You’ll find designs from the around the world to bring into your own home. Before creating the site, Jaime was a frequent wanderer in furniture stores as she has always had a creative mind for design. Her inspiration comes from nature, as well as the contributions of artists and designers to her site. She has thus become an expert in home décor, design, furniture, technology, and architecture. Her signature brand and style have become recognizable among the most popular design channels to date! They’ve been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, The San Francisco Chronicle, was one of the Google Reader Engineers’ Staff Picks and has been noted on Twitter’s “Who to Follow” list of influencers in Art and Design. Great stuff!

I ALWAYS find gorgeous products every time I visit Design Milk. It is the heaven of home décor. Jaime also loves using Pinterest and recommends it for your own inspiration because you can find amazing items and ideas there too (Want to be a trendsetter? She’s predicting patterns will be “in” very soon!). The best advice she has ever received is, “Go with your gut. Buy and do what you love.” We are happy to pass this advice along to our readers as they purchase products from contributors of Design Milk. We hope that you live comfortably and in style at your new home.

The Do’s & Don’ts of Humidifiers

Looking for a tip or two on how to operate humidifiers? You’ve probably noticed the thousands of results when searching through Google. It seems like everyone is an expert when it comes to humidifiers, or are they? Here is some advice coming from a bona fide expert at Luma Comfort!

DO be lazy

Using distilled water in a humidifier reduces the amount of time to clean it. Great for lazy people like myself who hate moving their bodies!

DON’T get chlamydia and die

Do you know what happens when a bunch of people are sick in the same house? NOTHING. No one cleans, no one eats the leftover pizza in the fridge, and everything else is left to rot. This is what happens when you don’t own a humidifier and your body is slow to recover.

DO disburse drugs

I’m not talking about your illegal substances. I’m talking Tylenol, Nyquil, and Robitussin, that can aid the humidifier in getting you back to your healthy self.

DON’T trust people who don’t wear shoes

Because most likely they have dry, rough skin and static buildup. All can be prevented from the moist air of a humidifier, but I also recommend using body lotion, chapstick, and putting on leather shoes.

DO save those pretty pennies

Humidifiers can be quite expensive. Start saving that loose change found trying to escape the washing machine. You’ll be rich in no time.

DON’T let those white dust fairies run wild!

That was the whole purpose of buying a humidifier – to get rid of germs! They’re everywhere, they’re annoying, and they can cause lung damage in children. Yikes!

DO take pride in work you’re not doing

Humidifiers do all the work for you, while you take all the credit. Maintain your health, stay warm, and enjoy the moisture a humidifier brings to your home.

DON’T wake up a sour puss

Leave the humidifier running all all night. It’s totally safe, but make sure you have plenty of water so it doesn’t stop working.

DO be affectionate

Take care of your humidifier and it will take care of you.

DON’T take it with you on a hike

I know it’s great, durable, and the design makes you look stylish, but are you serious? How big do your muscles really need to be?

DO smile

Quit letting yourself suffer more than you already are. Whether you have a cold, allergy, or asthma, the humidifier works to ease those symptoms.

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DON’T become an alcoholic

You can have tons of sober fun with a humidifier. They’re great company. But if you decide to, which I’m not condoning because then I would be an accessory to crime, I really recommend sipping on some JD Honey.

DO buy a humidifier from Luma Comfort

They last long, produce outstanding results, and carry more features than most brands. Kapeesh? Kapeesh!

DON’T buy a humidifier of lesser quality

For example, a humidifier from Winix. False hope. How do I know? Because I bought one and returned it within a week.

Making Clear Ice Cubes – Luma IM200SS Video


They look better, last longer and even taste better. We’re talking about clear ice – the ice of choice for restaurants, bars as well as with home bar aficionados around the world. The video above goes over some of the basics of clear ice, and features the newest must-have for anyone serious about their cocktails — the Luma Comfort IM200SS Clear Ice Maker.

Most standard ice makers can only create cloudy ice in a bullet shape. The IM200SS uses modern commercial technology to produce clear, restaurant-style ice cubes. Don’t think there’s much of a difference? Check out the video above, of just look at the image below. The answer is “clear,” don’t you think?

Clear ice cubes versus cloudy ice

 

 Why is Clear Ice Better – By Luma Comfort

How to Clean Your Evaporative Cooler

Evaporative Cooler PadOur team put together a definitive guide to cleaning your Luma Comfort evaporative cooler. Check out the details for cleaning and maintaining your cooler at the link below, including a great overview for flushing out the water pump:

To really clean the pump, as well as some of the internal tubing of your evaporative cooler, you can use a diluted vinegar solution, however you might end up with some leftover vinegar smell afterwards. You can also use a more powerful cleaning solution, such as CLR. Found at any local hardware stores, CLR is designed to quickly and safely remove calcium and lime deposits, as well as surface rust.

 

Simply fill the water tank with CLR – unlike vinegar, there’s no need to dilute it – and let the inside of the tank as well as the water pump soak for 10 to 20 minutes.

See the link below for this and many more tips and tricks for cleaning your evaporative cooler.

How to Clean your Evaporative Cooler

Save Money on Air Conditioning this Summer

Saving-MoneyWe’ve all seen just how fast electric bills can rise – particularly when using an air conditioner for extended periods of time.  ConsumerAffairs posted a great article on their Web providing tips and tricks for reducing your cooling costs during the hot Summer months.

Included among the great selection of money-saving tips is a nod to one of our favorite Summer products – the evaporative cooler!

 

Evaporative coolers, also called swamp coolers, have been used for decades in Arizona and other low-humidity states. But newer versions are much more efficient. They work by cooling outdoor air by passing it over water-saturated pads, causing the water to evaporate into it. The 15°- to 40°F-cooler air is then directed into the home, and pushes warmer air out through windows and vents.

By using much lower levels of electricity, evaporative coolers are a great alternative to air conditioning in the proper climate. For example, a 10,000 BTU portable air conditioner draws nearly 1,000 watts of power to cool a 300 square foot room. In contrast, a standard portable evaporative cooler would only draw 100-150 watts for cooling a similar area.

And if you’re curious about what exactly the proper climate is, be sure to check out our post on evaporative cooler climates.

Check out all the great tips from ConsumerAffairs below, and if you have a great tip of your own, be sure to share it with us!

Keeping Air Conditioner Costs Under Control (ConsumerAffairs)

Patio Cooling for Memorial Day

Pool deck with an outdoor evaporative coolerHappy Memorial Day weekend everyone! It’s an exciting time around here, because it’s officially the start of Summer BBQ season!

While we’ve talked a lot about using our misting fans outside on your patio or pool deck, did you know that an evaporative cooler can also be a great outdoor cooler? They’re particularly useful for parties. Unlike misting fans, which spray a water mist – albeit a dry one – evaporative coolers only blow cold air. This makes them a great option when you’re looking for cooling, but would rather not have any mist.

Our Luma Comfort units are also portable, so they’re easy to move around for short term events – like your Memorial Day BBQ!

So this weekend try out your swamp cooler on the patio and let us know how it goes!

Easy Homemade Evaporative Swamp Cooler

EC110S Evaporative Cooler Blowing HairRecently, the great life skills Web site Lifehacker showcased an incredibly simple way to create an evaporative cooler for your home. Granted, this is not going to provide the same type of cooling power that you’d see from one of these, the idea is the same – as water evaporates, it pulls heat from the air. All you need to do is then circulate that cooler air throughout your room, and BAM, you’ve got yourself a swamp cooler. Sounds simple, right?

There’s a good chance you have everything you need to set up a primitive evaporative cooler right at hand: a fan, a shallow container, and some water.

To re-create this cooler, all you need to do is set up a shallow baking pan, filled with water, in front of a basic window fan.

The idea is that the air flowing from the fans will evaporate the water and cool down the room.

Obviously, the same limitations of normal evaporative coolers apply to homemade coolers, sometimes even more so. For instance, they will undoubtedly work best in very hot, dry environments. That said, this author was able to lower the temperature in his office by 7 degrees. Not bad at all!

Check out the full article and instructions below, and let us know if you decide to try this out yourself!

Set Up a Super Simple Evaporative Cooler for Immediate Heat Relief

Does An Evaporative Cooler Work In My Area?

Hot Summer Sun at the BeachIn short, yes!

The real question, though, is: How effective will an evaporative cooler be in my area?

Evaporative coolers, also commonly called swamp coolers, use the power of evaporation to cool the surrounding area. These air coolers typically consist of a fan and a water-soaked pad. As air passes through the pad, the water evaporates, which draws heat from the air. This cooler air is then re-circulated through the room. Being such simple machines, evaporative coolers are generally less expensive than air conditioners. They also use much less electricity to operate – making them an economical and environmentally friendly alternative to air conditioning.

As a result of their cooling process, evaporative coolers also add moisture and humidity to the air. While this is beneficial in dry climates, it also means that evaporative coolers are not as effective in more humid climates.

Typically, evaporative coolers work best in areas in areas that are very dry, as well as hot. A perfect example is the Southwestern US, including parts of Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. In these desert climates, not only are the summer months hot, but they are also quite dry.  Evaporative coolers can be just as effective as air conditioners in these areas- but at a fraction of the cost.

Evaporative cooler climate is not limited to this area, either! Throughout the US, many major cities have great climates for air coolers – including Denver, Salt Lake City and even San Francisco.

When trying to decide if an evaporative cooler will be effective your area, first look at the humidity level. Generally speaking, the lower your relative humidity, the more effective your evaporative cooler will be. The map below shows general areas in the US where evaporative coolers are most effective. Areas labeled “A” are optimum for evaporative swamp coolers, while those labeled “B” are less than ideal, but can still be good.

Map of ideal climates for evaporative coolers

-source: USGS Water Science School

Areas like the East Coast are unfortunately less than ideal conditions for an evaporative cooler. Evaporative coolers can still be useful here, however! Units like our EC45S Tower Cooler can act as a simple tower fan or even a humidifier, making it very useful – even on the East Coast.

The below chart shows the estimated temperature change you can expect from an evaporative cooler, depending on the relative humidity and current temperature. Just note that this assumes you have the proper size evaporative cooler for your room.

Estimated temperature change for an evaporative cooler

 

Using the above, you should be able to come to a pretty good conclusion about whether or not an evaporative cooler will work in your area. If you have any questions about evaporative coolers and your climate, let us know!