Over the past 30 years, technology has allowed smarter, more efficient uses of water, and misting systems to become widely used. The most common applications for high-pressure misting systems include cooling, humidification, dust control, odor control, and special effects. Learn more about each of these systems below.
What Is a Misting System?
Simply put, a misting system is a series of misting nozzles placed in a tube and pressurized to provide a fine spray consisting of water droplets between 5 microns and 50 microns. This size of droplets requires a pressure of at least 500 PSI, as anything lower will produce larger droplets and won’t provide an effective cooling effect. Industry-standard pressure is 1000 PSI.
Where Misting Systems are Used
Industrial Misting Systems
Industrial misting systems are ideal for cooling down outdoor areas such as restaurant patios, golf courses, tennis courts, amusement parks, and more. With a combination of high-pressure fog pumps and nozzles, industrial misting systems use atomized water to cool down the air around you without getting your customers wet. Industrial outdoor misting provides a practical way to keep your customers cool and comfortable, no matter the outdoor setting.
Mist Cooling Systems
Do you have an outdoor patio you’re proud of and want to enjoy even during the sweltering summer months? When installed near your patio, fountain, or outdoor pool, an outdoor mist cooling system can keep you comfortable, no matter how high the thermostat gets. Outdoor mist cooling systems propel the tiniest water droplets into the air, keeping things cool without wetness if designed properly.
Humidification systems use fog to add humidity to areas such as greenhouses and warehouses. Many industries depend on climate control for their plants or products to flourish, and fog humidification systems are the ideal solution. If you need humidification in your greenhouse, textile plant, printing facility, or wine storage area, etc., humidification systems can help you save money and boost profitability.
Many businesses across numerous industries require industrial odor control to comply with strict regulations. Some common businesses that rely on industrial odor control systems are wastewater treatment facilities, cannabis cultivation, and waste transfer stations. If your company depends on odor control to stay in business and craft quality products, it’s important to have a reliable industrial odor control system. Fogco offers solutions for both indoor and outdoor industrial odor control, with systems that provide total odor elimination.
In many industries, dust is inevitable. However, large amounts of dust as a byproduct of business operations can be harmful to workers and nearby environments. Indoor and outdoor production companies rely on dust suppression equipment to minimize airborne dust and comply with business regulations. Quality dust suppression systems propel high-pressure fog mist to latch onto dust particles and effectively control dust.
Whether you would like to improve the aesthetics of your business for your customers, or would simply like to improve the look of your outdoor patio or pool, special effects are a great option. Fogco provides unique special effect features such as the FogDeck® Pool System, which uses fog pumps to transform pools into mystical, tropical environments. We also offer Mistscaping® services, which add magical fog effects to gardens, walkways, and more. All special effects can be used for industrial, residential, and commercial purposes.
More on General Misting Systems
There are several elements that impact the performance of a misting system. These include air circulation, nozzle size, and the placement of the mist system lines and misting nozzles. Soft water isn’t necessary for a misting system but may help the nozzle performance over time. Periodic maintenance is required in order to prevent mold and mildew from building up inside the lines and to ensure continued functioning. This upkeep can help prevent the need for repairs and ensure the longevity of your investment.
Components of Outdoor Mist Cooling Systems
If this is your first investigation into outdoor cooling systems, you’re probably wondering what to look for. A misting system consists of a pump, high-pressure tubing, and a series of misting nozzles. In order to get the longest wear from your misting system, you should ensure that each of these components are of the highest quality.
Pumps come in several varieties, including pulley drive, direct drive, and a custom series. At Fogco, we provide the best value and can provide you with a pump to meet your needs.
The quality of your tubing is directly connected to the performance of your misting system. We recommend our stainless steel or copper tubing for rigid line systems and nylon with slip-lok fittings for our flexible line systems.
Pump and tubing assemblies aren’t useful if the nozzle doesn’t effectively produce mist. That’s why we offer high-quality stainless steel and standard brass nozzles with the latest cleanable design and anti-drip adapters. These features make upkeep easier and will help your misting system last longer than other nozzle types can.
At Fogco, we have decades of experience manufacturing custom misting systems for clients across many different industries. Our expertise stems from our ability to design and produce each client’s unique misting system from ideation to installation. Our hands-on approach allows us to create systems that work effectively for even the most unique outdoor and indoor areas.
If you would like to learn more about installing a custom indoor or outdoor misting system for your industrial, commercial, or residential area, contact us online today or call us at (800) 607-6478. We’ll walk you through the entire process to create your reliable, high-quality custom misting system.
Frequently Asked Questions
The terms misting system and fog system are generally used interchangeably. In some instances, the term fog system may be used to describe a system that is designed for special effects. However, a misting system and a fog system are simply two different terms used to describe the same thing.
Misting systems are most commonly defined as a series of specially mist nozzles placed in a line around the perimeter of an area. When connected to a high-pressure misting system pump, water is forced through the specialty nozzles and quickly atomized to droplets as small as 5 millionths of a meter (5 microns).
Misting systems will produce billions of tiny droplets every second. If these droplets are introduced into an outdoor area, they quickly evaporate. This process of evaporation requires energy to be completed. The energy is taken from the air in the form of heat. The result is a temperature reduction of up to 35 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the ambient temperature and the relative humidity of the air. This method of temperature reduction is the most common use for all misting systems.
When misting systems are placed inside an enclosed area (such as a greenhouse), the billions of droplets that are produced will initially provide cooling as the droplets evaporate. However, if the air exchange is limited, the misting system will continue to increase the humidity level within the structure. Humidity levels as high as 90+% are possible. This unique characteristic of all misting systems makes them ideal for both outdoor cooling and humidification.
The required components for a misting system include tubing, specialty misting system nozzles, and water supply. Additional components may be required for a specialty use of the misting system or to improve its performance.
The most effective method of improving the performance of a misting system that only utilizes line pressure is to add a high-pressure pump. By increasing the pressure of the misting system to 1000 psi, the performance of the misting system can be improved by up to 300%. This is accomplished because at these higher pressures, the specialty misting system nozzles are able to atomize the droplets from 1/10th to 1/50th the size of a line pressure system. These smaller droplets will not only evaporate quicker and provide much better cooling capabilities, but the system will produce 40 to 50 times the number of droplets which will further improve the effectiveness of the misting system.
Although the basic requirements for all misting systems are similar, there are some specific differences that should be reviewed.
If the performance of the misting system is the most important factor, a 1000 psi high-pressure system is recommended. All commercial and industrial applications will utilize a high-pressure version of a misting system.
The pumps required for a high-pressure misting system can vary in size, design, and cost. Speaking with a qualified manufacturer will help determine which type of pump is best for any given application.
In addition to the pump options, there are several different types of misting system tubing that can be used. Some applications are better designed utilizing flexible tubing while others need rigid tubing. The specific application and the misting system design will usually help determine which type of tubing is best suited for a given need.
The last consideration is the misting system nozzles. These are available in a variety of flow rates to allow a misting system to be tailored for any application. Whether the system is used to create high humidity in a commercial environment, or just to cool down a small residential patio, the various misting system nozzles will allow a perfect fit for any environment.
As with any piece of equipment, there are some important maintenance issues to consider. The heart of any misting system, the pump itself, can last for many years as long as they are taken care of. The primary maintenance for a misting system pump is to check the oil and change it each year.
The only other maintenance consideration for a typical misting system is to periodically clean the nozzles and to drain the system each winter to prevent freezing.
With these simple steps, a quality misting system can last for many years.
To prevent freezing and damage to the pump or the misting system, all of the misting system nozzles should be removed. The misting system line, the misting system pump, and the filtration should be drained.
A misting system can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars depending on the size, quality, the specific requirements of the application, and whether the misting system will be installed by a professional contractor or installed by the homeowner/business owner. It is recommended that consultation and misting system design be provided from a qualified manufacturer with at least 10 years of experience in the industry before any purchase decisions are made. This will allow the consumer to have the benefit of all the details and system requirements before making such an important decision.
Some misting systems are designed for the ‘do it yourself’ consumer. These misting systems are easy to install and typically take between two and four hours to complete.
If professional installation is required, a licensed and bonded contractor should be used. This will typically add about 30% to the overall cost of the system but it will provide for a quality installation from an experienced contractor.
Because the misting system industry is a small, specialty business, the best method of sourcing the products is to rely on longevity and experience. Many companies come and go, but few have the resolve, the knowledge, and the passion to stick around for the long term. Fogco Systems, Inc has been in business since 1989 providing high-quality systems for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. With over 75 years of combined experience in this industry, there are few competitors that have the level of experience or understanding that is provided with every misting system designed and sold by Fogco Systems, Inc.