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Old 06-03-2020, 06:17 PM
 
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Hi!

One month until we move to Panama City Beach. I am researching ways to make your outdoor patio cool on hot Summer days, and I first researched Swamp Coolers. But the more I researched, the more it seems that they don't work well in the humidity in Florida. Anyone have a good experience with these evaporative cooling fans or things that use evaporation to cool the air?

I have also looked into some outdoor 1000+ PSI misting systems that claim to atomize the water into such small particles that they evaporate and cool the air before any water can land on people or things.

Does anyone have any experience cooling an outdoor space in the Panhandle heat?

Thanks!!!
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Old 06-03-2020, 07:00 PM
 
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Some of the 'Shrimp Basket' restaurants (and others) use them on their outdoor patios. They seem to work pretty well. I've also noticed a company that specializes in these systems on Hwy 98 just West of Panama City. - Can't remember the name. My guess is that they are a little pricey for residences who only use them periodically.
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Old 06-04-2020, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Fort Payne Alabama
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I've used them around our dog kennels in North Alabama, they work great. Do it your self kits are widely available and are not expensive at all. You just need the nozzles and 3/8" CPVC. They even make an attachment to fit on your outdoor faucet. I think Lowes sells a kit. I would advise using a water filter as small particles can clog the misting nozzles.
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Old 06-04-2020, 10:19 AM
 
Location: In the Sunshine State
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I've used them around our dog kennels in North Alabama, they work great. Do it your self kits are widely available and are not expensive at all. You just need the nozzles and 3/8" CPVC. They even make an attachment to fit on your outdoor faucet. I think Lowes sells a kit. I would advise using a water filter as small particles can clog the misting nozzles.
WoW.....What a great subject...It would be a great new avenue for young Entrepenours In Florida alone.
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Old 06-05-2020, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Ormond Beach, FL
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Misters work great in Arizona. In order for them to work, you need the water to evaporate. It takes energy to turn water from a liquid to a gas and pulling that energy out of the air is what makes it cooler. A side affect is they temporarily increase humidity in a small area. In Arizona this can make a patio more comfortable.

In Florida this will work as well as a swamp box cooler. They use the same principle - evaporation. Do you see lots of swamp box coolers in Florida?

You can also have issues with mister nozzles getting plugged up/mineralized. Some orchid growers use misters to keep humidity constant in greenhouses. Often they are required to use well water for greenhouses and well water quality depends on where you are and the depth of the well. Where I am we have salt water intrusion, sulpher and iron in our irrigation water which comes from a well (our drinking water comes from Ormond Beach City). I have wanted to use misters on my orchids but I have had brass sprinkler heads plug up with minerals and now only use plastic sprinkler heads.
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