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Summer is bearing down hard. Some parts of the country are already feeling the heat, and if you aren’t, you will be soon. Now is the time to start thinking about how you’re going to stay cool and comfortable in the summer months. If you love spending time outdoors, a misting fan might be your best option. They’re a great way for families to “enjoy the sunshine without feeling like we’re walking on the very surface of the sun.” Continue reading
Summertime 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.
2. 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.
8. 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.
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Every year for Easter, my family’s tradition is to play a concert at sunrise in a cemetery. It’s one of those odd experiences that you can’t tell people without an odd look and a “You did what?” asked. We arrive at 5 a.m. for set up (which usually means that we’ve been up since 3) and a little warm-up rehearsal. Some years, we make up almost a fourth of the symphony orchestra—mom plays French horn, dad plays trumpet, I play violin, my sister plays flute.
We start playing right around 6 a.m. and the sun rises while we’re playing. One second we’re playing in the dark and it’s hard to see, the next moment we get a brilliant ray of light and our music is illuminated. However, then we usually come home and fall asleep in odd places. I fell asleep on the floor of the entryway last year, still wearing my black concert clothes (I am not a morning person). When we finally come out of this concert-induced coma, we pick ourselves up and have a nice dinner. Easter eggs are usually an afterthought, but there are always deviled eggs with dinner.
Easter traditions have been around since the first days of the holiday. The name for Easter comes from “Eastre”, a pagan Saxon goddess of spring, fertility, and dawn. She is also where we get the English word “east” because she was known to “hang out” with the sun go, since the sun rises at dawn in the east. Before you entertain your family and friends over the holiday weekend, take a moment to learn about how these Easter traditions came to be.
The Easter Bunny, also known as the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare, was originally much like the Santa Claus legend. He would act as a judge to the children, determining if they had been good or bad during that season. The good children would be given gifts and eggs the night before Easter for them to discover in the morning. The bad children would be left unrewarded.
However, his origins go back much further than that. Before the bunny was mascot of a specific holiday, the hare was a symbol of fertility in ancient times. Ancient scholars, such as Pliny, Plutarch, Philostratus and Aelian, thought that the hare was a hermaphrodite, which explained its ability to excessively breed. Later, the medieval church would adopt the hare motif in its church art and it became associated with the Virgin Mary.
The Easter Bunny that we know and love originated among the Germans. He was called “Osterhase,” which translates to Easter Bunny. This character was first mentioned in De Ovis Paschalibus (About Easter Eggs) by Georg Franck von Franckenau in 1682. The book also talked about how children would hunt the eggs hidden by this bunny.
German immigrants brought this legend to Sweden in the late 19th century, but the Swedish word for Easter Bunny, “Paskharen,” sounds remarkably similar to “Paskkarlen,” which means Easter Man or Easter Wizard, so the Swedes have a tradition of an Easter Wizard bringing eggs. This is a relatively new tradition, dating to the early 20th century. Some children even dress up as Easter witches to celebrate the tradition. It also has some roots in old Nordic folklore, in which witches would travel to “Blue Hill” to visit the devil during this time of year.
The Easter Bunny was also brought to America by German immigrants. The legend reached the US in the 18th century, when German immigrants were settling in the Pennsylvania Dutch region. Good children would prepare for the Easter bunny by making nests in their caps and bonnets so that the bunny could lay his eggs here (Yes, he is traditionally a male bunny, but with the magic ability to lay eggs).
Decorated eggs have long been a part of many different global celebrations. The practice of decorating eggs is ancient and well-established in the archaeological record. In Africa, ostrich eggs with carved designs have been found that are estimated to be 60,000 years old! Silver and gold representations of eggs were also found in burial sites of the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians. The egg symbolized rebirth and was used in Pagan celebrations of spring. It was adopted by early Christians as a symbol for Easter and the resurrection of Jesus. The first use of Easter eggs for the holiday is attributed to the early Christians of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red to celebrate the holiday. Since eggs and dairy were forbidden during the period of Lent, eggs were consumed before the period began, then they were stored up for the celebration of Easter, which also marks the end of Lent.
Did You Know? The International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI) sponsors an annual charity campaign in the US to build beeping Easter eggs for visually impaired children.
The Easter Bunny has been the official bringer of Easter eggs since the 17th century. The Easter egg hunt is a much-beloved tradition for many countries and cultures that celebrate Easter. The egg hunt was also a popular game for spring time birthday parties. The Guinness Book of World Records recorded the largest Easter egg hunt on April 1, 2007– 9,753 children searched for 501,000 eggs at the Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Winter Haven, Florida.
Easter egg decorating has also been elevated to an art form. From 1885 to 1916, the Faberge workshops created the annaul jeweled Easter eggs for the Russian Imperial Court. Each egg took a year or more to make and often depicted important milestones of the Romanov family. The 1913 Winter Egg is carved from rock crystal, with 3,246 diamonds. It is valued at over $9.6 million.
In the Ukraine, pysanka eggs are decorated using a special batik, a wax-resist, method. The design is drawn onto the egg with wax and then dipped into dye. In Mexican tradition, Cascarones are eggs that have been emptied and filled with confetti for the egg hunt. When the eggs are found, children (and adults) smash them over each other’s heads. In Sweden, Norway, and Germany, decorated eggs are hung from tree branches as centerpieces for the table. At the White House, the Easter Egg Roll is held annually and children can roll the Easter eggs across the president’s front lawn.
However, decorated eggs aren’t just for the egg hunts. “Egg tapping” or “egg jarping” is a popular game in England, in which each player must hit their egg against another player’s. The winner is the person who keeps their egg from breaking. There is even an annual egg jarping world championship held at Peterlee Cricket Club each year. Yes, a world championship of egg breaking. Another popular activity is to celebrate Easter with an egg dance. People in Germany and the UK place the eggs on the ground and try to dance among them without landing on the eggs. My guess is that they do this outside or somewhere they can hose the mess down later.
So, try something new this Easter. Invite your friends and family over for an egg dance or use crayons to try your hand at pysanka eggs. A misting fan can keep your backyard cool for the kids. Temperatures could reach 79⁰F in Southern California on Easter Sunday. Begin training sessions for the egg jarping world championship. Make a nest for the Easter bunny in your favorite baseball cap.
Or buck tradition and start a new one. A backyard BBQ wouldn’t be the traditional choice for food, but hot dogs and burgers are always crowd pleasers. For the adults, try a Blue Cotton Tail (1.5 ounces of vodka, .5 ounces triple sec, and .25 ounces blue curacao) or an Easter Fizz (2 ounces of brandy, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon powdered sugar, 1 ounce half and half. Shake hard and dust with a sprinkling of nutmeg). A portable ice maker can provide enough ice for cold beverages all day long.
You could also take the kids on a hunt for the Easter bunny. Plant some clues, like an egg trail or a bit of his cotton tail stuck in a bush (cotton balls). At the end of the hunt, leave the baskets with a note from the Easter bunny that says he barely got away this time and to try again next year.
If you really want to be original with your holiday traditions, egging houses with Easter eggs has probably never been attempted before.
People really need to grasp the fact that Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback of all time. You can argue all you want, but I will let Manning speak for himself when he continuously breaks NFL records and leads his team to the Big Game. It’s exactly 20 days away, and I cannot wait to celebrate a Bronco’s championship win by throwing a HUGE party the day of!
I’ve always got to make sure I have the essentials – beer, food, big screen TV, and maybe a lot of napkins in case there’s a bloodbath. Let me share my party checklist to guarantee satisfied guests at your own Big Game party:
1. Bronco Decorations
Because why would I put anything else up? I’ve got to support my team and plaster their colors and mascot everywhere. I’ll be purchasing navy blue and orange colored banners, streamers, balloons, and anything else I can find that will contribute to this perfect setting.
Considering my decorations, there’ll be others who are hardcore fans of the opposite team, so things are bound to get rowdy. I’ve stocked up on plenty of napkins in case of spills, sticky fingers, and bloody noses.
This is mostly for myself since I’ll be running around the house making sure everything is okay, but sharing is caring! It can also get really stuffy with a ton of people huddled around together for a few hours.
4. Big Screen TV
My eyesight is horrible, but my big screen HDTV comes in handy and I’m sure everyone else will appreciate it. We’ll be able to clearly watch the game and make fun of Colin Kaepernick commercials.
For easy cleanup to get rid of all those crumbled chips on the floor. A hand-held vacuum is more ideal during a party, but I plan on giving this responsibility to my roommate.
6. Toilet Paper
If my roommate and I go through a roll of toilet paper per day, I can’t imagine how many rolls we’ll go through with a dozen more people around.
7. Water Dispenser
It’s necessary to keep your guests hydrated with tons of alcohol and food around. A water dispenser is a great alternative to buying cases of bottled waters because there’s not going to be any room in the fridge.
I asked a few friends to bring some folding chairs just in case I don’t have enough seating for everyone. I’m also going to place blankets or rugs on the floor for those who don’t mind sitting on the ground.
It’s no question the drink of choice at this type of party is beer. A kegerator is perfect for guests who are glued to the TV because it’s easy access to quenching their thirst. Place it strategically near the TV.
10. BBQ Grill
This is definitely not a fancy-shmancy party. Throw some meat on the grill! Our diet will consist of chips and dip, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, wings, and sandwiches. You can burn the calories tomorrow.
11. Beverage cooler
Another perfect item for stocking up on non-alcoholic beverages. Keep soda, lemonade, or juice cold and fresh for enjoyment.
12. Make Room for Vegetarians
My roommate is also a vegetarian, so she constantly reminds me to make sure we have a veggie platter. I don’t want her to be the only one starving so I’m getting carrots, celery sticks, cucumbers, and some ranch dip.
13. Misting Fan
It’s torture cooking over a hot stove or grill. Place a Luma Comfort Misting Fan next to you to prevent looking like a hot mess.
14. Ice Maker
So important, yet so easily forgotten. Nothing ruins a party better than a warm drink. With an ice maker, you’ll have plenty of ice on hand and can even make more than needed.
15. Trash Bags
16. Cigar Cooler
After the Broncos win their third championship, I plan on additionally celebrating by smoking a cigar on my patio. I keep them in perfect condition for a glorious moment like this one will be with New Air’s Bottle Thermoelectric Cigar Cooler.
While half the nation is celebrating and the other half is crying over the Bronco’s win, I’ll be proud of all the hard work we put into this season. Thanks for helping me win my fantasy draft this year, Peyton. I owe you one.
Our warehouse team was
playing with enjoying with our MF26B Misting Fan Friday afternoon, and here’s the result:
Yes, you’re actually watching a member of our Luma Comfort team blown over by the sheer power and strength of one of our misting fans. Talk about a super-powered cooling fan! The obvious star of the video is the Luma Comfort MF26B fan, although Paul from our warehouse team has a strong supporting role.
We can confirm, no boxes harmed in the making of this video.
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We gave this unit a lot of love last year, but with the weather warming up here in Southern California, we knew it was time to talk misting fans once again!
A few people have asked us recently what made our MF18W misting fan different than the competition. Here are a few thoughts:
- The fan is made of metal, meaning it will last a long time. Much longer than less-expensive plastic models.
- A direct hose connection means you never have to fill the bother filling up a tank with water. Nothing slows down a back yard bash like having to stop and re-fill your misting fan.
- Safety is its middle name! Well, not really, but the GFCI plug protects you from shock and ensures the unit is 100% safe for indoor and outdoor use – just try not to turn the misters on inside!
- The Luma Comfort brand name means you’re getting a quality product along with a full 1-year warranty. We do more than just stand by our products – we are downright proud of them, and we want you to love them just as much as we do.
Check out the video we put together below to learn more about why we love our MF18W misting fan so much!
To celebrate the start of the new yet, we’ve partnered with three great blogs as part of their New Year, New Home promotion. Each blog had the opportunity to review one of our residential products – they chose the AP400W Air Purifier, MF18W Misting Fan and HC12W Vase Humidifier. As an added bonus, one of their lucky readers is also going to win their choice of the three products.
Check out their reviews below, and enter to win at each blog:
- Coping with Frugality – AP400W PureClean Max Air Purifier Review
- Being MVP – HC12W Vase Humidifier Review
- Baby Dickey – MF18W Misting Fan Review