Enjoying staying outside even during the extreme heat of the summer season is now possible with installation of your very own outdoor water mister! Misters function as a cooling system by spraying fine water mists through micro-sized orifices contained in the mister nozzles. The high pressure produced by a motor-driven pump forces the water out of the small holes, therefore creating minute moisture droplets. When these droplets become exposed to the surrounding temperature, they instantly evaporate and release a cooling effect. This process, which is called flash evaporation, can create an outdoor temperature that is several degrees lower and of course, cooler than the existing environmental temperature.
However, asking for professional help to install an outdoor mister system at your home can cost a lot, probably a thousand dollars or more. Since there are misting systems and parts being sold in several hardware and home improvement stores nowadays, you can easily avail the components needed to install you very own outdoor misters. Here’s how:
Step 1. Determine the exact length and area of the yard where you want to install your misters. Determine also the distance from your water source (faucet or water pump) to the point where you want the last mister component to be placed. When the measurements are determined, add these figures up. Add a foot (12 inches) measurement to the sum.
Step 2. Avail polyethylene flexible tubing with 3/8-inch diameter. Cut the tubing in a length equivalent to the sum of all measurements mentioned in Step 1. This will serve as your misting line.
Step 3. Avail the Y-shaped connector to the water faucet called the hose splitter. The middle leg faucet connector must be of the same diameter as that of the faucet and the misting line. The hose splitter allows on/off control of water flow in each leg.
Generally, the misting line is attached to one leg while the normal garden hose is connected to the other leg. The importance of having two openings for water source is to have one connection available to other outdoor functions or activities that will need water, say gardening, without the necessity of stopping the misting system operations.
Step 4. Connect the misting line to one leg of the hose splitter. Force about half an inch of the tubing end through the hose splitter to tightly secure the water source connection of the misting line.
Step 5. The misting line must enclose the whole area of the yard. In order to make sure that the misting line will exactly do this, put a mark on the mister tubing which corresponds to the length of your yard plus the length of the line opposite the water faucet.
Step 6. Make another mark half a foot from the first mark you created in Step 5. Make additional marks with 2 feet interval starting from the second mark until you reach the end of the line. Put some holes using a palm hole puncher on the second mark and the rest of the marks you have created.
Step 7. Open the water source to flush out any remaining polyethylene material still connected in the hole you have made. Install the nozzles in each hole you made in the misting line.
Step 8. Force a line end inside the open end of the misting line. Like the tubing, it must have the same diameter of 3/8 inch.
Step 9. The misters can be placed on the ground or on the wall (by hanging). If you want your misters on the ground, secure the misting line by C-clamps with built-in nails that can be hammered to the soil. If you want your misters hanging, use C-type hangers instead. Arrange the angles of each nozzle to acquire the best cooling effect desired. Nozzles clamped to the ground are usually arranged in a 90-degree angle. Hanging nozzles on the other hand are arranged in a trial and error basis. Nozzle angles are approximated to get the farthest distance of spray possible.
Step 10. For larger courtyards or patios, avail some accessories like electric-powered pumps (for more pressure) or fans (for farther spread of cooled air). Now, you can enjoy having your own misters at home!