A misting system is a powerful and yet environmentally friendly cooling method. It lowers the ambient temperature of an outdoor area that it is applied to by driving through the air a mist of water atomized so fine, it quickly evaporates and absorbs heat. Misters are a cost-effective way to cool and humidify large outdoor areas, and can be ideal for applications such as pet play areas, gardens, sporting grounds, greenhouses, patios, swimming pools, courtyards, atriums and outdoor dining areas. In regions close to deserts such as in California or Arizona, the use of these systems comes with the additional benefit of dust control.
Misters come in a variety of designs for different applications. According to Aqua Science outdoor misting system experts in Phoenix, AZ, past a certain quality and price level, different price points tend to be about suitability for specific applications. It’s important to understand the feature set offered on a model before a buying decision gets made.
Look for noise level specifications
You mustn’t simply trust in brochure blurbs that promise “very quiet performance.” You need specific figures. It is a good idea in many business applications to test systems out to experience the amount of noise generated.
Look for droplet size
If a system is advertised as capable of 50 µm droplets, it might seem fine enough. In reality, a 50 µm droplet size is considered large. A mist of such droplets could wet surfaces nearby. It may be appropriate for a greenhouse, but perhaps not an outdoor dining area. As with noise level, it’s important to experience a droplet size level before buying.
In general, droplet size is roughly aligned with the kind of pressure level that a system is capable of. Low-pressure systems (100 psi) create large droplets, and systems that offer pressure levels between 500 psi and 1,200 psi are medium- to high-pressure levels. If the application that you have in mind requires low noise levels, you will need to invest in a medium pressure system. High-pressure systems tend to produce obtrusive noise levels.
Think about the cooling levels achievable
Any well-designed and tested system should come with estimates of the kind of cooling effect possible. A great deal depends on the ambient temperature and humidity in the area where the system will be installed. The more humid an environment, the less readily a mist will evaporate to absorb heat from the environment, and the less effective the cooling achievable will be. In arid regions such as Arizona, temperature drops tend to be as substantial as 30°F. In more humid environments, you will need systems capable of very fine misting for effective cooling.
Pay attention to portability
The lines that supply water to a misting system need to take hundreds of pounds of pressure, and come manufactured in flexible plastic or rigid metal. While plastic tends to be less durable, it makes for a portable system. Portability may be important in certain applications.
Ask about the level of water use
With the drought conditions seen across the country, any appliance that uses water needs to be for judged on water conservation ability. In general, the highest pressure systems use the most water, but also produce the greatest cooling effect for a given amount of water. it’s important to determine if your business has access to the kind of water needed.
Outdoor misting systems may be conceptually simple, but do involve complex considerations in practice. It’s important to work with a business that offers to create customized solutions for its clients.
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