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.

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Travel Guide to Some of the Driest, Hottest Cities in America

Some of the driest cities in America also have the most interesting attractions. These cities are known for their high temperatures and arid environment. This also makes them the perfect places to use evaporative coolers. To beat the heat, evaporative coolers release both cool air and moisture into the air, providing a cooler, balanced living environment. This can provide great relief to those living in the Southwest, or other arid environments. However, you also want to be able to go out and see the sights. If warm temperatures and low humidity suit you, here’s some suggestions to help you plan that summer trip. These hot spots have some great attractions to check out along the way.

El Paso, Texas

  • City Annual Average Precipitation: 7.82”
  • Most of the rainfall is isolated to the late summer’s desert “monsoon” season
  • The Wyler Aerial Tramway gives panoramic views of the Southwest Desert. It travels across the Franklin Mountains State Park. The Tramway is suspended over the valley floor, so it is perfect for the adventurer within you, but won’t be a pleasant experience for those of us who are afraid of heights.
  • National Border Patrol Museum offers an insider look at the National Border patrol units that work on the border of the United States and Mexico. The owner is actually the wife of a border patroller, so she’s had firsthand experience with the artifacts and exhibits of the museum. There are also hilarious examples of the extremes that people will go to in order to enter the good-old U-S-of-A.
  • Visit buildings from the time of Texas’ founding fathers. Magoffin Home State Historical Park is a stone’s throw from Downtown El Paso. Many of the buildings are from the 1870s and families will have a chance to see how their fellow Texans lived back in the day. However, the only way to see the park is on a guided tour, so you’ll need to call and make an appointment in order to see the history offered here.
  • The Railroad and Transportation Museum of El Paso shows visitors the impact that the railroad had on settlement and development in Texas. The oldest classic American steam engine (1857) in the West can be seen here, the EP&SW Locomotive No. 1. Learn how the Mule Car evolved into the Electric Streetcar and how the railroad impacted Texas history.
  • The Plaza Theatre has old-time theater glamour, while still offering contemporary performances. Rock of Ages and Jersey Boys are both on the schedule for performance in the coming months.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

  • City Annual Average Precipitation: 7.64”
  • Obviously, the biggest attraction is Grand Canyon National Park, but here are a few tips. Try to reach the Rim BEFORE sunrise, so that you can take plenty of photos in the changing light. Sunrise pictures of the Grand Canyon are a big crowd pleaser when hung above the mantle or posted on Facebook. Yaki Point is a good place for photo ops. Be sure to get at least a couple pictures of your family standing on the edge, which means bringing a camera with a timer or finding a random stranger to accomplish the task.
  • Another way to see the Grand Canyon is to take a trip on the Grand Canyon Railroad (www.thetrain.com). The train departs daily at 9:30 from Williams, AZ, delivering its travelers to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park at 11:45 a.m. The train leaves at 3:30 for the return trip to Williams Depot. Arrive early for the train because the train depot has plenty of sights to see. The area around the train depot also offer some history about Route 66, since the road passes through, and offers a good dose of nostalgia.
  • If you’re willing to take a detour El Tovar Hotel has tons of vintage charm. It was designed by Charles Wittlesey and opened in 1905. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987, it boasts famous past guest such as Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, President Bill Clinton, and Sir Paul McCartney. You can also movie memorabilia from “The Harvey Girls,” a 1946 MGM production starring Judy Garland. Get a refreshing, cool beverage at the cocktail bar with indoor and outdoor seating available.
  • The Thunderbird Lodge is another historic lodging on the rim of the Grand Canyon. It offers scenic views of the canyon from many of its rooms and is only a short hike away from Hermits Ridge. Elk can often be spotted right outside the lodge

Phoenix, Arizona

  • City Annual Average Precipitation: 7.11”
  • Phoenix has one of the hottest climates of any major city in the US. It has temperatures of over 100 degrees on an average of over 100 days out of the year. Phoenix is also home to one of the highest recorded low temperatures in history (96 degrees in 2003).
  • If you’re looking for the full-Western experience, then visit Western Destinations Canyon Creek Ranch. They offer private tours of the property, as well as lessons in horseback riding, shooting a gun, and roping. By the end of the trip, you’ll feel right at home in their faux western town. You can even reenact the great shootout from “High Noon,” just recruit another family member to stand at 50 paces.
  • 2 Fly Us provides private hot air balloon rides with an expert pilot. Take in the bird’s-eye-views of the desert below. Trips depart from Deer Valley Airport.
  • Taste It Tours (http://tasteittours.com/) allows you to explore Phoenix’s greatest restaurants with a guided tour. Visit several restaurants over the course of the tour, with plenty of helpful suggestions from tour guides and restaurant staff.
  • AZ Flyboard Rentals (http://azflyboardrentals.com/) allows you to try your hand at flying a jet pack, but this water sport also allows you to cool off in Lake Pleasant. Flyboards can both propel you through the water and rocket you up into the air. It’s probably one of the weirdest, coolest things you’ll do on a vacation.

Las Vegas, Nevada

  • City Annual Average Precipitation: 4.19”
  • Las Vegas has over 300 sunny days a year, with less than 30 days of precipitation annually.
  • Of course, there are the traditional sights to see in Las Vegas. The Bellagio Fountains offer shows every 15 minutes or so after dark and provide a few minutes of a choreographed water show set to amazing music. However, the closer you are, the more likely you are to walk away from the show a little damp. There is also the Chapel of the Flowers, a popular destination for those looking for a quickie Vegas wedding, which you may regret in the morning. Seeing Celine Dion at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace offers a regret-free alternative to getting married, although you might be tempted after hearing “My Heart Will Go On” with that special someone.
  • Battlefield Vegas gives an all-encompassing military training to tourists. They will pick you up in a genuine US military Humvee, take you to a 5-acre facility in the Nevada Desert and provide hands-on weapons training on a variety of historical and contemporary weapons systems. They also have a military Huey UH-1C helicopter, a Chieftain tank, and other army vehicles to climb into and explore.
  • Dig This is “America’s first and only heavy equipment playground where YOU’RE in control” and offers visitors the opportunity to relive their childhood of sandcastle building, if your childhood included real Caterpillar bulldozers and excavators
  • World Class Driving (http://www.worldclassdriving.com/) is your chance to drive a Ferrari or Lamborghini. These exotic supercars are great options to see the sights of Red Rock Canyon while also having the thrills of a lifetime.

Yuma, Arizona

  • City Annual Average Precipitation: 2.64”
  • Yuma was recently voted “sunniest place on earth” by the Guinness Book of Records. The sun shines in Yuma 93% of the time. August is the wettest month of the year there, with an average of about half an inch of rain.
  • If you want to see the history of this pioneer town, Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park is the place to go. There, you can wander through the remnants of the historic prison, housing a total of 3,069 inmates from July 1, 1876 to September 15, 1909. Oddly enough, the prison was then turned into the Yuma Union High School, which taught students from 1910 to 1914. The prison is best known for its frontier justice, giving dark cells to inmates who broke prison regulations, and the ball and chain to prisoners found trying to escape. Yuma Proving Ground Heritage Center gives visitors a firsthand look at where the military developed and tested technology. The museum offers a glimpse into what was developed there and how it was tested at the Yuma Proving Ground. Many of the technologies are still in use today, including the GPS technology found in most cars.
  • For fans of aviation, the Yuma Landing Historic Site marks the place of the first plane landing on Arizona Soil, occurring in October 1911. There is a full-size bronze statue of the pilot, Robert Fowyler, and the Yuma Landing Bar & Grill offers great food. If your still in the mood for more history, there’s the Casa de Coronado Museum, located in the middle of the historic Best Western Coronado Motor Hotel next to the Yuma Landing Historic Site. This museum fuses the best of Yuma with artifacts with the history of Best Western.

With the summer fast approaching, the heat is only going to get worse. It’s April,
but Southern California is already in the low 90s today. And again, it’s April.
We’re still supposed to be wearing our light sweaters and grabbing a jacket on our
way out the door ‘just in case.’ Instead, we are trying to decide if it’s worth
the cost to turn on the air conditioner or if we should just suffer through it a
little longer. However, there is another option.

Evaporative coolers provide cooling comfort and are another way to beat the heat, but they also are much more energy efficient than traditional air conditioners. Evaporative coolers cycle hot air over moist pads, cooling the air then circulating it back into the room. It also adds moisture to the air through this process, so evaporative coolers work better in arid environments. The diagram below shows the best places to use evaporative coolers. Region A is best suited for evaporative coolers and will feel the biggest effect on the temperature, followed by Region B, which will feel comparatively less of a difference. If you live in Region C, you should do a little research about the average humidity in your area to find out if an evaporative cooler will work well for you. 

Luma Comfort’s EC45S is a great option for home offices or bedrooms, while Luma Comfort’s EC110S has the cooling capabilities to tackle larger areas like living rooms.

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Win a Free Misting Fan!

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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!

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!