How can you cool an outdoor patio area? In the past, that was not possible, but today you can install a mist cooling system and watch the temperature drop.
What is a misting cooling system? Residential misting systems use high pressure nozzles to create a relaxing and cooling mist of fine water droplets. These ultra small droplets are shot upwards. As the mist hits the hot air, the air is cooled in the surrounding area.
One common thought about misting systems is that the people in the area will get wet from the droplets. This is simply not true. The mist that is created by the system quickly evaporates into the air and does not fall onto those who are sitting under or near it. The misting system cools the air. It does not cool people by getting them wet.
Using fans with the system is usually a personal choice. It is not a requirement to use a fan for most residential misting systems, but there are many people who enjoy the added benefits that a fan will provide. When they are properly installed, a mist cooling system will work with the prevailing winds and the air movement in the immediate area. Adding a fan only enhances this air movement.
Misting cooling systems can lower the temperature up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit in very dry climates. These systems will also work well in very humid climates, often reducing temperatures by as much as 8 to 10 degrees when fans are used with the system. Using fans with the misting system in humid climates helps to evaporate the humid air.
There are misting cooling systems available as do-it-yourself kits that homeowners can purchase. Anyone who is fairly handy with tools should be able to assemble these kits within a day. Larger, more complicated systems should be installed by professional contractors who have experience in this type of work. Often the vendor will be able to guide you to a qualified installation contractor.
Before you begin shopping for your misting system take some measurements of the area that you wish to cool. You should have the length and width of the area as well as the square footage. To get the square footage, simply multiply the length by the width. These numbers will be needed so that you do not buy too much system or too little system.
Price ranges for these systems vary, so do some comparative shopping. Also, make sure that they system you buy has all of the components that you will need in order to install it. If it does not, check the prices for the added items as well as the availability of those items.
Misting cooling systems are a fantastic way to cool the air around you outdoors. They are a wonderful addition to most patios and other gathering places. Why not look into them today?