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.

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!