A misting fan is one of the best cooling appliances you can buy for your home, whether for indoor or outdoor use. If reason for buying is what you are looking for, you will definitely get that and then some. However, like all appliances, it also has some downsides that some people might find disappointing.
Although you can avoid having some of these downsides by choosing a high-quality brand, such as Auramist, you should still be aware of these disadvantages when buying a misting fan.
On consumer reports, misting fans are said to have shorter lifespan compared to other cooling appliances and misters. Many cheap and substandard brands do not have tightly sealed motor cases, so they are more susceptible to damages and the elements, like dust and moisture. Outdoor misting fans might even incur damages much faster than indoor types.
Because misting fans are also designed to oscillate and tilt while running, they wear off at a faster rate than immobile cooling appliances, like air conditioners and cooling humidifiers. The capabilities of being moved and carried from one place to another also contribute to the accrual of physical damages – something that installed and bulkier appliances do not have.
Nonetheless, by short lifespan, it still means years of wonderful functioning. It is just that other cooling appliances might last a little longer (high-quality air conditioners last for decades).
There are commendable brands that have strong build and advanced technologies, so you just have to choose wisely.
Weaker cooling effect
Because a misting fan only relies on breeze and mist in delivering coolness to the surrounding air, its cooling effect is not as outstanding as more technologically advanced cooling appliances, such as air conditioners and cool mist humidifiers. It does not have a condenser and cooling coil where the absorbed air can pass through for temperature modification, so the cooling capacity also depends on the atmospheric temperature in the area.
For instance, you can cool down the air with misting fans but you cannot control the temperature like what you can do with other cooling appliances. The cooling effect might also not be satisfying if the natural temperature of the environment is up the thermometer. Likewise, when used outside while there is so much stagnant air under direct sunlight, the cooling effect might not be that palpable.
For this reason, it is advisable that you get an industrial type for outdoor use, or at least 18 inches for porch and gazebo.
Shorter cooling effect
You can still feel the coolness in the air an hour after an air conditioner or cool mist humidifier is turned off. The same cannot be said for misting fans because their benefit is only good while they are running, even when used inside a confined area. When used indoors, the air will still remain cool for up to 15 minutes at the max, but it will immediately change once the mist effect wears off.
You can maintain a level of comfortable temperature inside an area even after the mist runs out but only while the fan is still producing breeze, enough to keep the cool temperature inside and push the warm air outwards.
If you need the misting effect for a much longer time, you might have a problem with portable ones as they have smaller water tanks; hence, their mist productions are very limited.
Water refilling requirement
With air conditioners, there is no need to manually pour in water. The same is true for misting systems that are already directly connected to a water source. Misting humidifiers also need water refilling, but usually, their water tanks are much bigger than what misting fans have.
If water refilling every three to five hours is too inconvenient for you, you might find it hard to deal with a misting fan as well. Most personal and portable types have water tanks, but because they are compact, their water capacity is also much lower.
If you want to avoid water refilling, might as well go with continuous types that produce mists from hoses directly connected to water sources, like faucets or pipes.
Auramist’s 30” misting fan is designed specifically for larger areas such as restaurants, factories, and warehouses.