Summers are increasingly becoming harsher every year. With such relentless temperatures, there needs to be a way to alleviate the heat. Outdoor air conditioning is expensive; a great alternative for your patio would be a misting system.
With continuous cool water sprays, a misting system dampens the heat effects and makes your environment cool and comfortable. Through a small upfront investment, a little effort and time, you can make summers more enjoyable for your children and yourself by installing a DIY patio misting system.
Let’s dive into the details on how to install a misting system.
- Preplan & Measure
- The Ideal Height of the System
- Getting the Right-Length Tubes
- Install the Mist Nozzles
- Clamping in the Right Places
- Install a Calcium Filter (Optional)
- Install the Drainpipe
- Installing the Pump
- Preclean the Tubing
- Installing the Mist Nozzles
Preplan & Measure
Before asking yourself, “how to install mist cooling system”, make this DIY patio misting system installation quick and convenient for yourself by preplanning everything. First of all, you should make accurate measurements of the distance you want the misting system to work in (the length of the misting tubes mainly), the distance between the power and water sources, and the distance of both of them to the pump (if you want to use a pump).
You would need to attach the mist tubing with the clamps 2 to 5 feet apart. Count the number of connectors needed to attach the PVC, nylon, or stainless steel tubing in order to get the required length. Normally, a tube is easily available from any hardware store in 2 to 6 feet. If you can get longer tubes, that would be better as that would minimize the possibility of leaks and drips.
For the winter season, we recommend installing a drainpipe so that the water doesn’t turn into ice and induce cracks in the tubing. Plus, in spring, it’s better to clean the misting nozzles with vinegar and water to avoid calcium buildup. You can also install a calcium filter through an adapter that prevents calcium buildup in the tubing.
You will need:
- A pressure pump.
- A high-pressure mist tubing, preferable corrosion, rust, and hydrolysis-resistant.
- Primer and adhesive.
- Connectors (to connect the tubes).
- Valves (for more control).
- Adapter (for multiple outlets from the water source or calcium filter).
The Ideal Height of the System
The Ideal Height
The DIY misting system works effectively when installed at the appropriate height. Before clamping the mist tubes, consider your heights and the area you want the misting system to cover.
Plus, you don’t want to get wet by being too close to the mist. So, after considering these factors, we can say that an 8’ high patio misting system would be ideal.
Can You Go Above 8’?
The more you go above this height, the less the cooling effect produced by the misting system; however, if you are only looking for a pleasant misting effect and do not care about the cooling, installing it at a higher point will do.
Getting the Right-Length Tubes
If you can get longer tubes, that would be ideal, as there will be less possibility of leaks, however, you would have to join the tubes together using more connectors if you use shorter tubes. Make sure to use high-quality connectors for connecting the tubing so that there is no dripping.
Install the Mist Nozzles
If you have longer tubing, cut it at the points where you want to attach the misting nozzles. Install the misting nozzles to those points.
Clamping in the Right Places
The clamps will hold your misting system’s tubing and should be spaced 3 to 5 feet apart so that they can effectively support the tubes.
Install a Calcium Filter (Optional)
Calcium buildup is a serious problem as it can reduce the flow of water or block your tubes altogether and render them useless. There are two ways you can counter this:
First, you can clean the nozzles with vinegar and water, and drain the pipes regularly, however, there will still be a possibility of calcium buildup.
Second, a little expensive but effective option would be to install a calcium filter at your water source. In this way, you can filter out any calcium in your water supply before it reaches the tubes.
Install the Drainpipe
It’s necessary to install the drainpipe as you would need to drain the water before the winter season starts; water can turn into ice and damage the tubings.
Installing the Pump
Compatibility with the Power Source
In order for the water to be sprayed effectively and with pressure, you would want to install a pump. It should be compatible with your power source. Make sure the power source you have connected the pump to, is not electrically overloaded.
If that happens, you could trip the breaker whenever the pump and the other device are turned on simultaneously. We recommend you hire an electrician to do this for effective and safe wiring and set up if you are not well-equipped to do it yourself.
Place the pump in a shady spot and make sure it can easily connect to the water source as well as the power source. To alleviate the noise of the pump, use a pump cover if you can afford it. It will protect it from the corrosive environment and reduce the noise as well.
However, if it’s not possible, you can cover it up with any home equipment or foliage; just make sure it’s easily accessible when maintenance is required.
Connecting the Pump
After setting up the location of the pump, connect it with a power and water source. If the wire doesn’t reach the power source, you can use an extension. If you want to trench for the line, make sure you don’t interrupt any underground gas, water, or electricity lines while doing so.
Is Pump Absolutely Necessary?
While a pump would be better for the obvious reason that it can produce better mist by pumping the water with high pressure, if you don’t want to go through the hassle of installing a pump and maintaining it, just connect the DIY misting system for greenhouse to the water source; most misting systems don’t require an electric pump and work fine without one.
Preclean the Tubing
After setting up, run the misting system for about half a minute to clean the insides of the tubing. Follow the line and make sure no fittings are dripping and there is no leakage.
Installing the Mist Nozzles
The angle of the Nozzle
Install the mist nozzles at the desired angle; if you have a high misting system, angling the mist nozzles vertically would be a good idea. However, for the lower mist system, make the mist nozzles aligned more horizontally so that it covers more area.
Check for Leakages
In the end, run the water one more time to check whether any of your mist nozzles are leaking or not. That’s it! Your DIY misting system for greenhouse or patio is installed and ready to use.
Now that you know how to install a mist cooling system, let’s see how can you do its maintenance effectively. With time and weather events, your misting system’s connections would need to be checked after a weather event or a few weeks.
Inspect your mist line for any leakages and clean mist nozzles with vinegar and water after a season. The mist pump will also need a little maintenance every year for oil refill, antifreeze filling, and any physical damage.
Drain the water before the winter starts; the water may turn into ice and damage the tubing. If you have installed a filter to avoid calcium buildup, make sure to clean it every once in a while.
In this way, you can not only enjoy a mist cooling effect, but you can make it long-lasting and economical.