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How Much Water Does a Patio Mister Use?

In Lawn & Garden, Tips by Jamie

When the sun is beating down on you, and you can feel the sweat starting to drip down the back of your neck, take a seat in the vicinity of your nearest patio mister and take a deep breath of coolness and relaxation. Have you ever wondered how much water a patio mister uses?  

While there are additional factors that go into the measurement of patio mister water usage, the average mister uses about 400 to 600ml of water per minute, translating to anywhere between 5 to 8 gallons per hour.

To put that in perspective, if you leave the water on while you brush your teeth you may use up to 4 gallons of water.

What are Patio Misters Designed to Do?

Patio misters are designed to cool you off during a hot summer’s day, by misting and applying a gentle mist of water to your skin. Water absorbs heat very well when it evaporates. When you’re surrounded by mist, a mix of liquid water turning to the gaseous phase in the heat, you will cool down. Patio misters have the potential to lower surrounding temperatures by almost 30 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Whether you have a gazebo or an overhang for your patio, as long as you have an overhead place to secure the mister, you can enjoy the coolness and relaxation of a patio mister. Umbrellas and other coverings are great for patio misters too.

Do Patio Misters Actually Work?

Yes! Patio misters do actually work, especially in warm and dry climates. 

If you are in an area that is extremely humid with air humidity over 80% the patio mister may not work as well. This is due to the amount of water already in the air. If you are in an area that doesn’t get very hot, the patio mister will not cool the air sufficiently to make a large impact. 

Where Does the Mister Get the Water from?

Misters usually get their water from an outdoor water source. Patio misters use tubing to flow the water through the area from an outdoor water source. The outdoor water source can be a hose, spigot, or hose bibb. Some misters use a misting pump, to aid in the water flow, which would require an electrical outlet to be available. The pump increases the pressure in your hose and water flow systems and creates a higher-pressure mist.

What’s the Difference Between a Misting System and a Misting Fan?

To keep it brief, a patio misting system is physically installed in your patio or your gazebo and cannot be moved around very easily. A misting fan, on the other hand, is a system itself and small versions are portable to take with you wherever you go. Heavy-duty fans are not as easy to move but are still relatively mobile.

Fans also must be plugged into an electrical source to function. This is not the case with the misting systems. Only misting systems with a plug need to have an electrical source.

1. Lasko 7050 Misto Outdoor Misting Fan Lasko 7050 Misto Outdoor Misting Fan - Features Cooling Misters, Ideal for Camping, Patios, Picnics, & more

The Lasko 7050 Misto Outdoor Misting Fan is a great addition to any picnic, gathering, or camping trip outdoors. This misting fan is mobile and can be brought to wherever it is most needed.

It can lower the air temperature by up to 25 degrees Fahrenheit. It has 3 different speeds for maximum efficiency and a GFCI heavy gauge cord. It is made out of plastic, but not just any plastic. It is made out of UV-resistant plastic for better use.

2. Homenote Misting Cooling System homenote Misting Cooling System, 26FT (8M) Misting Line + 7 Brass Mist Nozzles + a Brass Adapter(3/4") Outdoor Mister for Patio Garden Greenhouse Trampoline for waterpark

To install a top-tier cooling system for your patio, look no further than the homenote Misting Cooling System. With brass connecting adapters and flexible tubing, this misting and cooling system is an excellent patio mister system. It is easy to assemble and easy to install! 

This misting system does not require a pump, so there will be no additional electricity consumption which will lead to less overall energy consumption. You can be environmentally conservative and also enjoy the cooling relaxation of your patio misting system.

3. Eden Portable Misting Cooling System Eden 95143 Portable Misting Cooling System for Garden and Greenhouse w/Quick Connect Starter Set, Misters for Outside Patio and Backyard

Finally, we have the Eden Portable Misting Cooling System. This system is unique because it is a cooling system that is portable. Most cooling systems are installed overhead and are less easy to move. This system is particularly good for gardens and greenhouses. 

The system consists of 2 nozzles that are soft misting for the plants, 6 stackable risers to adjust the height, and a wide H-shaped platform for increased stability. This directly connects to your hose. It’s as mobile as far as your hose can reach.

Final Thoughts

There has been much ado about the sustainability of patio misters and misting fans, however, it turns out that they don’t use as much water as many people think they do. You use half as much water to brush your teeth as your mister may use in 1 hour! 

For a cooling day of relaxation outdoors, try one of the best patio misting systems on the market today, they can really cool you dowm.

About the Author

Jamie

Jamie is the founder of The Backyard Pros. When he was 15 years old he started working at a garden centre helping people buy plants, gardening products, and lawn care products. He has real estate experience and he is a home owner. Jamie loves backyard projects, refinishing furniture, and enjoys sharing his knowledge online.