|High vs Low Pressure Misting Systems
|If you have been looking to install a misting system on your patio to keep you cool this summer, chances are you
have come across the different types of misting systems that are available to you. There are low pressure,
medium pressure, and high pressure misting systems available.
Which of these misting systems is best for you? Which is the most effective for mist cooling? We know it can be
confusing to decide what type of misting system you should get, so we put this page together to help you decide if
a high or low pressure misting system would be best for your needs.
You can also learn the pros and cons of each misting system by clicking here
High Pressure Misting Systems
High pressure misting systems are what most people are familiar with seeing. These types of misting systems are commonly found at restaurants,
resorts, and residences in areas with extreme heat. The trademark of a high pressure misting system is the bold fog it creates and the cooling relief
it provides on even the hottest days of summer.
A high pressure misting system utilizes a specialized pump, known as a misting pump, to supply a misting system with high pressure water typically
between 800 and 1,200psi. By using high pressure water provided from a misting pump, you are able to produce an extremely fine mist that can
quickly evaporate into the surrounding air through a process known as "flash evaporation". This is what makes a high pressure system so efficient.
If your budget allows, we highly recommend installing a high pressure misting system. You will not regret it between the bold fogging effect it gives
you and the cooling relief it provides. A high pressure misting system can lower the real feel temperature by as much as 30ºF. As with any misting
system, the lower your humidity, the more efficient the misting system operates. This is because in areas with low humidity it is much easier for the
mist to quickly evaporate due to the air being "dry". The more mist that evaporates, the more cooling relief you will feel!
Depending on your humidity level most if not all of the mist from a high pressure misting system will evaporate into the surrounding air. This makes
a high pressure system desirable for people who do not want to get "wet". Keep in mind if you live in an area with moderate to high humidity not all
of the mist will likely evaporate, but most of it will. It is a common misunderstanding that a high pressure system guarantees all the mist will evaporate.
While a high pressure misting system is the most sought after, it is also the most expensive type of misting system to purchase. This is because a
high quality misting pump can cost from $1,300 on up depending on what size you need. The misting pump is the heart of a high pressure system
and you should not cut corners by purchasing a lower quality, lower cost pump. It will only cost you more in the long run. The total cost to install a
high pressure misting system with a misting pump is typically between $2,000 to $3,000 for most customers.
Low Pressure Misting Systems
A low pressure misting system operates off of standard household water pressure without the need for an expensive misting pump. The system can
either be hooked up directly to a garden hose or to a garden hose faucet. A low pressure misting system typically operates between 50 and 80psi,
depending on what your household water pressure is. These systems are best suited for someone who wants a misting system but cannot justify the
cost to install a high pressure misting system. A low pressure misting system can still cool the real feel temperature by as much as 20ºF. For some
people a low pressure system is the better way to go because it is more affordable while still providing a respectable amount of cooling relief.
A common misconception people have about low pressure misting systems is that they will get you "soaking wet" because not all the mist will
evaporate. This is not true if you buy a HIGH QUALITY misting system from a reputable company like Aqua Misters. A low quality misting system can
be purchased for less than $50 while a high quality system can cost several hundred dollars depending on the length needed. Obviously, you are
going to get what you pay for when you see a huge pricing difference like that.
On the cheap low quality systems, they use cheap nozzles that produce huge water droplets. We call these low quality systems "soaker systems"
because they get you soaked like most people tell you. A high quality system will use high quality misting nozzles which produce a very fine mist.
This prevents you from getting "soaking wet" and helps to ensure as much mist as possible evaporates into the surrounding air. The bottom line is
this, if you buy a high quality low pressure misting system you will not get soaking wet. Buy a cheap one and you most likely will.
Low pressure misting systems can cool the surrounding air by as much as 20ºF. Just like a high pressure system, the lower your humidity, the more
cooling relief you will feel. This is because in areas with low humidity the mist can evaporate much faster due to the air being dry. A low pressure
system will produce slightly bigger water droplets compared to a high pressure system, but again, if it is a high quality system you will not get soaked.
Since low pressure systems do not require a pump you have two advantages over a high pressure system. First you don't have to worry about
having a dedicated electrical outlet for a misting pump. Second you don't have to worry about the noise associated from a misting pump. Sometimes
simpler is better and that is what you get with a low pressure system.
No matter which system you decides is right for you, just remember that on a hot summer day any misting system is better than no misting system!
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