The best misting system for your budget

Outdoor Misters for Patios - OMG! I Love All The Names


Hello everyone! 

I am going to provide a few different tips that will help you in searching for the perfect system for your outdoor space. I will also provide you with some tips for when you plan to do your own basic design of setting up outdoor coolers for patios.

What I have learned

I have learned that outdoor patio misters are called a plethora of other names. What I thought was pretty easy to research has opened my mind to all the words people use to describe the same products that are essentially the same thing.

Their function is to cool down our outdoor spaces. They all seem to work on the same principle of emitting a mist of fine spray (also known as tiny water molecules) that comes out from the nozzles and lands on the people near them. It causes the skin to feel refreshed and cool as the fine mist evaporates quickly.

Misting systems

According to Wikipedia. Misting systems work by forcing water via a high-pressure pump and tubing through a brass and stainless steel mist nozzle that has an orifice of about 5 micrometers, thereby producing a micro-fine mist. The water droplets that create the mist are so small that they instantly flash-evaporate. Flash evaporation can reduce the surrounding air temperature by as much as 35 °F (20 °C) in just seconds. For patio systems, it is ideal to mount the mist line approximately 8 to 10 feet (2.4 to 3.0 m) above the ground for optimum cooling.

And then there is this to consider

Almost all systems, kits, misters, etc. are installed around the outside of the area to be cooled; essentially enclosing the area. The misting systems are not complex. They include a water supply that is attached via flexible tubing or a rigid pipe (think plumber’s PVC pipe or similar). At evenly spaced points along the tubing/pipe spray nozzles are attached.

Some names that I have learned and have used to search for systems myself are:

  • outdoor patio misters
  • patio misters
  • outdoor coolers
  • DIY patio misting kits
  • outdoor misting fans

There are many more but I’m sure you get the point. To see what is out there in terms of variety, it helps to search using different terms.

Basic Design Tips for Do-It-Yourself Installers

plan book

This is the fun part, at least for me! I love the process of envisioning the end result. Doing so prevents you from making mistakes along the way that you wish you had thought about beforehand. I started to think about what the elements of a good plan include:

1. The plan should be somewhat flexible. If you come up against a barrier, have a Plan B. 

2. The plan should have a budget. It makes sense to know upfront what the costs will be and what costs will be incurred for upkeep and for replacement parts.

Great plans equal great results

3. Planning out from the beginning of the installation process all the way through the end of the installation process to completion is imperative in my opinion. Running your plan by a friend or someone who will give you feedback on your thought process is a great way to check out your steps for completion.

Make sure you have a comprehensive plan; thinking of everything that could come up. Troubleshoot before you need to troubleshoot!

4. This maybe should have been higher up on the list, but still really important, is to have well-defined objectives about what you foresee the goal of the project. What do you want the end result to be? An objective that is simple could be: “Installing patio misters will give the family comfortable outdoor time for extended summer days to enjoy activities that would otherwise be achieved indoors because of the heat”.

5. Finally, the plan should have all the tools and parts that you need before beginning the installation. This will save you the frustration of having to run out to the hardware or plumbing store in the event that you forgot something vital. This, to me is a really important point. I don’t know about you, but I detest having to stop and run out to get something that was forgotten in the plan. So aggravating! It really makes me grumpy.

Design Tips

  • Measure the area you want to install misters. Don’t forget to include measuring the area from the hose/pump to the beginning of the misting line. Adjust for elevation measurements and include in the total
  • Plan for whether you will need mist nozzles for humid or dry climates. Information I read numerous times is the recommended mist line nozzles for a dry climate do best when hung from 10 ft., spaced around 2 feet apart and are .012 inch in size. For more humid climates, hanging mist lines around 8 ft. and spaced 2 feet apart with the nozzle size of .008 inch works well.
  • A common mistake that do-it-yourself installers make when designing the area to install the misting line and nozzles is that they install them right where people would be sitting, causing them to get damp or even soaked. It is best to surround the outside area with the mist lines and nozzles to help create a “wall of mist” that sort of envelops the area and brings the temperature down without getting the people sitting on the patio wet.
  • Also remember to plan for electronics that are present on your patio and make sure not to have mist directly placed near or towards them. Examples are TV’s, electrical outlets, lamps, computers or mobile devices including Kindle book reader.
  • Remember to plan for tucking away your pump (if you choose to use one) to keep it from the elements such as dust, rain, and wind. Pumps are noisy so tucking it in a box will make it harder to hear while enjoying your cool patio. And that is a win-win!

In closing…

I would love to hear if you have any comments, questions, or concerns after reading this post. There are so many things to learn. Doing your homework should make it easier to choose an outdoor patio mister that is perfect for your outdoor space.

Thanks for stopping by.


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