A lot of people who’ve ever bought a misting fan often complain about the noise it emits and its ineffectiveness. Some customers complain about their rooms getting too humid as well. Other people attest to the usefulness of misting fans in hot and dry places, though. Is this a good enough reason for misting fans to replace electric fans in commercial and residential areas? Let’s find out.
Misting fans are often called evaporative air coolers because of the similarities on the way they cool the air. It employs direct evaporative cooling systems that add moisture in the air and effectively cooling it. Try putting a wet towel in front of an electric fan. That’s the basic principle behind evaporative cooling. This is a great way to cool off, as the water gets rid of room heat pretty much the same way sweating gets rid of body heat. The downside of using these types of fans is their tendency to humidify a room too much.
Too much humidity increases the chance of a dielectric breakdown (a term that means that two electric entities that were supposed to be separated are starting to touch) of electronic devices. This may cause short circuits and become a fire hazard. A humid room also invites molds that could cause respiratory problems and eventually cognitive problems. That’s the worst-case scenario though. Misting fans are generally thought to be harmless in most cases. It’s best to use them in non-humid places and perhaps places with less electric appliances, gadgets, and unprotected steel.
Electric fans, on the other hand, are simple appliances that help circulate the air around it. While being less of a hazard than the misting fan, electric fans do not help cool a room down that contains hot air. Unless you plan on turning the electric fan into an exhaust and stick it to an open window, you really won’t be cooling a room down anytime soon with just an electric fan. Electric fans use up less electricity though as they do not need to circulate water and run it through an evaporation system.
A misting fan will naturally be noisier than an electric fan due to the added components, particularly the motor that drives the water around it. This is a common complaint of customers who have not tried using a misting fan before. Make sure you test whatever misting fan your thinking of buying before bringing it home to make sure you can handle the noise.
In terms of size,the electric fan is smaller since it has less components than a misting fan. This is a small price to pay for an above average cooling capability though. If you live in a dry, hot place and you’re looking for an affordable way to keep the temperature down, consider getting a misting fan. On the other hand, if you live in a very humid place, consider getting an electric fan instead unless you’re sure that the increase in humidity added by the misting fan won’t affect the electrical appliances and delicate furniture around you.
If neither an electric fan nor a misting fan could cool down your room satisfactorily, either get an additional exhaust or get an air conditioner and use only that. The former spends less electricity and will help get fresh air into your room whereas the latter gets you a cooler room rather quickly and may also come equipped with air purifiers. Make sure that you don’t mix any sort of fans with air conditioners because air conditioners also circulate the air already. Adding an electric fan or a misting fan will increase heat in the room due to the heat emitted by the motors.