While it’s more advisable to simply buy a misting fan if you want to augment your household cooling needs, DIY enthusiasts may find it fulfilling to build their own from scratch. While this method is arguably much cheaper compared to buying a new unit, care should always be taken, as it may results in the malfunction of the fans themselves.
But if you’re confident enough to build your own, here’s the complete procedure on how you can convert your ordinary fan into a misting fan.
- Garden Hose
- A misting nozzle fitting for the hose
- Electric Fan with Stand
- Adhesive tapes
- Electrical tape
- (OPTIONAL) Weatherproof Outlet Cover
1. First, set up the fan on the location of your choice. The location should be within the convenient reach of an electric outlet, and that the fan should be pointed at the area where the air can actually be felt. As a misting fan is vulnerable to moisture and puddle buildup, it’s best if you use an outdoor fan for this purpose, as they’re already built to withstand wet conditions such as rain.
2. Secure the garden hose to a nearby faucet then place it right next to the fan. If the fan’s still unreachable for the hose, apply an extension hose to it.
3. Firmly secure the misting nozzle on the end of the hose itself. In choosing the nozzle, the best for this purpose would be the one that twists to turn itself on or off. A nozzle with a handle will require you to take the handle down to ensure continuous water spray, which can be quite inconvenient.
4. Place the end of the hose in front of the pole of the fan itself, so that the misting nozzle would be located right below the fan itself. Secure the hose tightly and in place with tapes.
5. Now carefully adjust the angle of the misting nozzle itself, so that water will be blown towards the air the fan creates, and not on the fan itself. This may take some trial and error to get the right angle, so the best thing to do is to first test the nozzle by turning on the hose, and then checking to see if the hose doesn’t spray at the fans themselves. In order to keep the nozzle at the right angle, it’s important to place a little wedge between the nozzle and the pole, and keep it secured in place.
6. To use your improvised misting fan, turn on the fan itself first, then the faucet. This is to prevent the risk of water being sprayed over the fans themselves. Never turn the faucet to its fullest capacity, as you only need a little bit of water for the mist to be generated. You can control the pressure and the flow of the mist by simply adjusting the misting nozzle to the desired setting.
7. In order to protect the outlet from getting moisture, especially if it’s nearby, you should install an outlet box cover on the outlet which is being used by your improvised misting fan. It’s not recommended to use an extension cord to add extra reach from the fan to the outlet, as the cord is still vulnerable to the moisture generated from the misting fan.
8. To turn off your improvised misting fan, turn off the faucet first, then the fan itself. This is to allow excess moisture to be blown away by the air created by the fan, keeping your fan dry and reducing the risks of electrocution.
If you don’t have enough equipment for the conversion process, you can find several kinds of DIY misting kits available at the nearest hardware store. These misting kits also have the benefit of being specialized for a particular purpose, including kits for building misting fans suitable for livestock, events, even for a specific area in your home, like in the backyard, etc.