A misting fan will do wonders in keeping you cool and fresh, especially in hot, dry environments. It requires less energy than your air conditioner, and also allows you to use pure water to cool you down instead of having to rely on chemical-based refrigeration. While it may seem like a luxury for most people, misting fans are actually not as big of an investment as they may seem.
However, most people still look at misting fans as something that can only be used outdoors or for big areas. It’s hard to argue, seeing that misting fans are commonly seen on patios, greenhouses, outdoor groceries, sporting events, warehouses, and the like. Misting fans use water to keep you cool, which leads people to think that you’ll be soaked in water if you put such a fan indoors. This is why people still buy air conditioners, even at the risk of increasing their electric bills, not to mention punching a hole through their wall. But, with recent innovations from manufacturers, having a misting fan indoors is no longer a thing of the past.
This recent innovation, known as adjustable mist output, allows you to control the amount of mist it produces. This means you no longer have to worry about being soaked if you bring a misting fan indoors. Of course, there are models that do not have adjustable mist output, but most of these are reserved strictly for outdoor use. With this, you can virtually replace your air conditioning unit with an indoor misting fan.
If you’re still on the fence about getting a fan or an air conditioner, it’s best to point out the other pros and cons for each, starting with the current front-runner for keeping you cool: the air conditioner.
Air conditioners are the proven way of keeping cool indoors. An air conditioner uses a refrigerant to cool down your house. It takes a refrigerant into a tube and forces it to evaporate, cooling it down. A fan then blows air over the tube, which cools the air, and eventually the inside of your house, down. This concept works great for small areas, like your bedroom or study, making air conditioners perfect for people who only need a small area to be cooled, regardless of how hot or humid the area used to be, since it dries out the air and makes it cold at the same time.
However, it’s not all fun and games when you use an air conditioner. Refrigerants still pose a threat to the environment, though they are slowly becoming more environmentally-friendly. Having an air conditioner installed is also a pain, since you need to find a spot in the wall to put it in, regardless if it’s a split-type or window-type air conditioner. You’d also need to factor in costs for both installation and the air conditioner itself, not to mention how much you’ll spend for electricity.
A misting fan, on the other hand, is the tried-and-tested method of keeping your patio or a certain spot in your yard cool whenever summer kicks in. It works in the exact opposite of how an air conditioner keeps you cool. Instead of simply passing air over cold tubes, it uses a mist of water to cool you down the same way sweating would through evaporative cooling. When sweat evaporates, it cools you down because it uses heat from the surrounding air to evaporate. Misting fans work the same way. The mist it blows into the air gets evaporated by the heat, cooling the air down. The fan part then circulates this air.
What this means for you is that you spend less on your electric bills, since misting fans require only a bit more energy than your standard desk or stand fan, if not the same amount. It’s also more environmentally friendly, since you’re being cooled down in a natural way. The only let down with a fan is if you live in an area that’s too humid for water to evaporate. Still, a mister can function the same way as a regular cooling fan would with adjustable mist output, meaning you’d still get the same advantages.