Misting Fan Buying Guide

Are you looking for an air cooling solution that would work perfectly even outdoors? If you said yes you might want to give misting fans a try. They are quite like your regular fans but with the added twist of mist, allowing you to enjoy the warmth of the summer without the discomfort of its heat.

A Misting Fan

A misting fan uses a special mechanism attached to it to produce tiny droplets of water. It has a water reservoir that either is attached to a hose or that you have to manually refill. With Low Pressure misting fans there is usually no need for a pump and they can operate by being attached to a standard garden hose with a water pressure of between 30 psi (Pounds per Square Inch) to 80 psi. Mid-Pressure systems will have a pump with a psi of between 150 psi - 300 psi. High-Pressure systems will have a pump with pressures up to to 4000 psi. When the pump pushes water out of the fan at this pressure, it comes out in the form of thousands of microscopic water droplet. The higher the psi the more mist is produced and the finer the mist particles will be. A good misting fan will create a mist fine enough to create a major cooling effect without getting you wet, feeling much like a cool morning fog. The misting fan can lower the temperature drastically, sometimes even up to -50 °F.

Here are some important tips to help you buy the best misting fan:

Cooling Area

A big factor in choosing your fan is the size of the area you want to cool. If the mist airflow is not powerful enough you won't get the desired cooling effect and if it is too powerful you may end up drenching your patio. There are two factors to consider:

  • The airflow of the fan (usually measured by CFM or Cubic Feet Per Minute)
  • The pressure level of water being pushed thru the fan (PSI or Bars)

 How powerful the airflow of the fan is measured by the fans CFM (Cubic Feet Per Minute), which is a unit that tells you how much air your fan can move in a minute when you have it at its highest speed. When it comes to misting fans the CFM can range anywhere from 200 CFM for smaller interior spaces to over 5000 for cooling large outdoor spaces.

The PSI is the measurement of water pressure being used to push the water thru the fan, as mentioned above they can range from Low Pressure at 30 psi to High Pressure with psi in the 1000'.


Consider the Right Material

Most people use misting fans outdoors because mist can be a problem inside the house. When outdoors, your fan is going to receive a lot of beating from dust, wind, sunlight, etc. so the quality of the materials is an important factor to keep in mind. The plastic models have the advantage of being lighter and more affordable while the metal models are much more durable and lasting but that is usually reflected by the higher price.

The Water Storage

Once again, the choice of the type of water storage depends on your usage. A misting fan that has a water reservoir attached to it requires manual refills but has the advantage of being independently portable. On the other hand, you also have tankless misting fans that can receive water directly from a tap through a hose. For times when you need a misting fan for an extended time, it is best to go with the tankless option because of that “set it and forget it” experience.

Fan Height and Speed Adjustment

Make sure you can adjust the height and speed of your fan and check to see if it oscillates.

Insect Repellent

Some Misting fans come with the option to insert insect repellent in the system which sprays into the air in tiny enough particles that you won't notice but the mosquitos will.

Final Words

Misting Fans are a great way to keep cool, have fun and make your outdoors (or indoors) so much more appealing. They come in a great variety of types for suitable for many functions and social events. Shopping online is a great way to find exactly what you're looking for at the best possible price.


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