Here are five helpful tips when using misting fans.
1. Measure the humidity level in the air
An already saturated air can no longer absorb any more moisture, so using a misting fan on this case means increasing the humidity in the air which can be bad for the health, damaging wood in the house and inviting pests and mold growths. Many people assume that the warm temperature in the house is always a result of low humidity. While that is true on some occasions, it can also possibly mean high humidity, which prevents moisture from being absorbed. As a result, your sweat does not evaporate and cool air no longer circulates.
To be sure, measure the humidity level in the air first. High-end misting fans have built-in hygrometers (humidity reader), but you can also buy separate ones. Or better yet, just use the appliance as a regular cooling fan minus the mist.
2. Use chilled water (but never with ice)
This is only applicable to a misting fan that has a built-in water tank (which is often the case for portable and floor types). To optimize the cooling capacity of your fan, it is recommended that you put chilled water instead of ordinary tap water. The mist it will create will be a lot cooler. It will also help cool down the motor of the fan, especially if it has already been running for hours.
3. Adjust the water pressure based on temperature
This is also applicable only to a misting fan that has an adjustable water pressure and spray setting. Hot air induces evaporation, but there are times when the temperature is not hot enough to convert every speck of mist into vapor. Thus, it is very important that you adjust the water pressure based on the temperature.
When the water pressure is too high and the mist coming out from the fan is too much despite not having enough warmth in the atmosphere, some of the mist will stick to available surfaces as water. This will be a big inconvenience to you. It can even cause damages to your appliances and furniture, and probably cause some accidents.
4. Check the spray nozzle at least twice a year
The spray nozzle wears off, although on some brands with higher quality nozzles, this can take years. But why does it happen?
Nozzles handle the water pressure by stopping it to a portion ideal for misting. The force of the water can damage the nozzle in the long run, so you should be conscious about this especially if your misting fan uses high water pressure, like in the case of industrial types. It is also possible that the nozzle is blocked by mineral formations coming from the water, such magnesium and calcium.
Most replaceable nozzles are designed to last for only a few months to a year. For permanent ones, you just have to gently clean them.
5. Place the fan only on open spaces at least three feet from any obstructions
The mist coming from the misting fan needs air to evaporate. Enclosed areas and obstructed spaces will not enable the mist to turn into moisture. Instead, it will wet any surfaces it can land on within three feet (or five feet for stronger ones). As much as possible, place it on head-level only on wide spaces.
The best part about our misting fan is that you stay dry, and you will not get wet!