Angie's LIST Guide to
Misting Systems

Misting systems can cool the air in a given space, such as a porch or patio, while providing benefits to plants and vegetation in surrounding areas.

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Misting systems can help cool down outdoor areas, such as patios, porches or cabanas. (Photo courtesy of Sherry Dryja )
Misting systems can help cool down outdoor areas, such as patios, porches or cabanas. (Photo courtesy of Sherry Dryja )

About misting systems

Misting systems that cool surrounding air are available for installation around residential, commercial and industrial properties. These systems operate by using an evaporative cooling method which is achieved by forcing water droplets into the warm air in a manner in which they can evaporate quickly.

There are many different types of misting systems available. The type of nozzles used for these systems will determine the specific atmosphere that is achieved with their use. Nozzles designed to provide a finer mist or fog will be drier and less moist than a nozzle that disperses coarse water droplets.

Misting systems are available in low, medium and high pressure options. High-pressure misting systems can be utilized in all climates with much success, providing individuals with many benefits. Low pressure misting systems do not work well in climates that already have high levels of humidity.

Tips for choosing a misting system

Low pressure misting systems
Low pressure misting systems work best in areas around swimming pools, vegetation, landscaping, greenhouses and atriums. This type of misting system helps to regulate the level of humidity that is needed by the plants, trees, flowers and soil in the surrounding environment.

Homeowners that live in drier, desert-like climates such as Arizona, California or Nevada will find that a low pressure misting system added around their landscapes can help to provide a lush and greener looking property. 

Medium pressure misting systems
Homeowners that want to incorporate a misting system along patios, gazebos and other sitting areas of their property will find that a medium pressure misting system can deliver the cooling relief from hot temperatures while regulating the amount of humidity.

High pressure misting systems
High pressure misting systems can be incorporated into any climate with great results. These systems cool the air without leaving a homeowner feeling wet or saturated. Restaurants, industrial structures, sun rooms and other sitting areas are popular places for high pressure misting systems.

Installing a misting system

Installing a misting system requires more than just placing nozzles around the home. It requires requires planning out a design, installing plumbing lines for the water that will be used, hooking up the electrical services for fans used in the system and properly setting the nozzles in place. A professional installer will deliver the best results for these complex services.

There are many additional benefits of hiring a professional misting system installer. These specialists have access to all misting systems available and will gather the information on what expectations a homeowner has for their system. This allows the installer to assist with making the decision on which system can be created for gaining the most benefits. 

A professional installer also has the knowledge of what codes and regulations may be in place for the zoning location where the property is located. This allows the installer to pull necessary plumbing, electrical or building permits as needed and have follow-up inspections performed on the finished misting system once it's completed.

Cost considerations

There are many pros and cons when it comes to the cost of installing a misting system on your property. These cooling systems can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars depending on the size of the system. A professional installer can help homeowners working within a budget create a sensible system that delivers beneficial results for their needs.

Problems within buried or hidden plumbing lines can significantly increase costs. They can also cause damage to the surrounding premises and buildings. For example, ground around a broken plumbing line can cause sinking to occur. When installed inside of a building, the water damage from a broken line can create structural damage and cause mold to form.

Hiring a licensed and insured technician to perform the misting system installation can provide coverage for these damages.

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