Spending time out of doors is a necessity in the summer, but since it’s summer, the out of doors can seem unbearable at times. Enter the misting fan, a wonderful invention that brings a gentle mist along with its rush of cool air.
Misting fans can be purchased from a variety of sources, but most generally follow the same idea; they are connected to a garden hose and generally operate much like an oscillating fan. So along with the gentle breeze provided by the fan, you get a nice misting of cool water as well.
Smith and Hawken
Visit www.smithandhawken.com and consider the $129 misting fan, which the company claims can cool as much as 950 square feet. It’s a three-speed 21 inch, oscillating fan that sits 56′ high.
It’s wise to consider your needs before making a purchase. Some fans, like the Smith and Hawken fan, are relatively inexpensive and easy to find. But others are much more high powered and cost quite a bit more. Visit www.bigfogg.com to see a line of much more expensive misting fans that might be useful on a very hot day at a backyard party.
These misting fans begin at $139 for a 16″ standing fan like the Smith and Hawken fan. It operates in much the same way as the Smith and Hawken fan. For the homeowner planning a large party or who wants more cooling, consider the Blitz high pressure misting fan.
This misting fan, priced at nearly $1,900, can reduce air temperature by as much as 30 degrees. According to the Big Fogg website, it’s best suited for outdoor patio and backyard misting, for use in a garage and in stables.
The high-pressure pump in this misting fan provides 800-1,000 psi versus 60 psi in the smaller fans. Also a standing fan, this big boy is only 24″ in diameter but provides the misting power of the large-scale fans found at fairs and concerts.
Made just for backyard uses, the Windchill fan (www.improvementscatalog.com) can reduce air temperature by 25 degrees and also works without a hose for year-round cooling. It is also 16″ in diameter and is $129.99.