Misting systems are a great way to keep cool in the summer heat, but they can also use more water if not installed correctly. If you’re not careful, a misting system can use a lot of water very quickly, but how much water do misters actually use?
The answer depends on a few factors, such as the size of the misting system, the water pressure, and the spray pattern. A small misting system with low water pressure and a wide spray pattern will use less water than a large misting system with high water pressure and a narrow spray pattern.
How do I calculate my water usage?
Check the manufacturer’s specifications to get an idea of your patio misting system water usage. The manufacturer should list the maximum flow rate for the misting system. This rate is the maximum amount of water that the system can use.
Next, check the water pressure of your misting system. The higher the water pressure, the more water the system will use. Use a pressure gauge to determine the water pressure (unless stated in the manufacturer’s specifications). Attach the pressure gauge to the misting system’s water supply and turn on the system. You can then use this to figure out the maximum flow rate.
Once you know the maximum flow rate, you can determine how long it will take to use that amount of water. For example, if the misting system has a maximum flow rate of 100 litres per hour, and you run it for one hour, it will use 100 litres of water.
You can also use this information to estimate your water usage for a certain period of time. For example, if you run your misting system for two hours each day for one week, it will use 1,400 litres (100 litres x 7 days) of water.
Finally, check the spray pattern of your misting system. The narrower the spray pattern, the more water the system will use. To find out the spray pattern, hold a piece of paper in front of the misting nozzle and turn on the system. The shape of the wet spot on the paper will give you an idea of the spray pattern. Your spray pattern means that a 6 meter misting kit for your patio won’t always use less water than a 12-meter misting kit, especially if the water pressure differs.
How can I reduce my water usage?
To reduce your water usage, you can adjust the spray pattern to use less water or turn off the misting system when you’re not using it. You can also install a water timer to automatically turn off the misting system after a certain amount of time.
Now that you know how much water your misting system uses, you can ensure that it’s not wasting water. If you think your misting system is using too much water, try changing the spray pattern or the water pressure. You can also consider getting a smaller misting system.
Learning to calculate your water usage doesn’t have to be a complicated process. If there were anything that confused you in this article, we’d be more than happy to explain the process to you. Just give us a call or send us an email at Climate Australia, and we’ll be glad to help you find the best misting system kit for your outdoor patio cooling needs!