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Pet Safety and Misting Systems: All You Need to Know

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Misting Systems & Pet Safety

If you’re a pet owner, we understand that any time you add something to your home, you have to make sure it’s pet-approved. There are just so many things on the market that are seemingly harmless but pose a major threat to pets.

The same thing goes for misting systems. It is natural to wonder if misting systems are safe for pets.

Today, we’re going to go over that in detail.


What Type of Misting Systems Are We Talking About?


Before we can get into the specific ways misting systems can affect your pets, we need to get the details taken care of.

There are a lot of different misting systems available, and due to different design aspects, each one can have slightly different effects.

We’re solely talking about high pressure misting systems.

A high pressure misting system is a sturdy, metal, or PVC, piping system bracketed to your home and connected to a pressure pump hooked into your water line. Through nozzles, it sprays a small amount of water at a high speed across a large distance. This makes it evaporate instantly.

The cheap misting systems that spray noticeable water everywhere will provide different results than what we talk about here.


Are Misting Systems Dangerous for Pets?


In and of itself, a misting system just sprays water. So, that should tell you everything you need to know in terms of safety. In the systems we’re talking about, the water is literally just the water used in your home’s plumbing. So, if you bath your pets, let them drink tap water, or anything else, you know your pets are perfectly fine.

This is the case 99% of the time.

One concern that you might have is the term “high pressure”. That makes it sound like water is coming out in force and capable of damaging things or annoying your pets, but in reality, you don’t even notice the water.

Misting Systems & Pet Safety: Water Evaporates & Can’t Harm Pets

As we said earlier, the point of the pressurized pump system is to spray a very small amount of water out across a large area quickly. This allows the heat of a warm summer’s day to instantly evaporate it.

There are only two situations where the water might be a problem.

First, if you have more exotic pets, such as different types of insects, you should probably keep them away from the area being misted. Since those are typically confined to a glass tank indoors, that shouldn’t be a problem, but be mindful of it.

One of the core benefits of a misting system is that, while you feel cooler, small insects get weighed down and either die or get locked in place until they dry out. You certainly don’t want that to happen to your pets.

You might also want to keep very small exotic pets such as sugar gliders, very small birds, and similar things away from the misting system. While unlikely to hurt them, the increased moisture in the air can throw them off a little due to their extreme sensitivity to air conditions.

Again, all those examples aren’t likely to be a problem for you. Very few people have those types of pets, and even the ones who do are unlikely to have them on their porches.

High pressure misting systems are 100% safe in 99.9% of circumstances.


Practical Things to Consider with Misting Systems


Realistically, your pets aren’t going to be bothered by a misting system. However, there are some things you might need to consider with certain pets.

The system consists of a powered pump, tubing that is bracketed to your home, and small nozzles. The pump and the tubing can be a concern in some specific cases.

We’ll start with the pump. If your pet is sensitive to sound or tends to get a little too curious about mechanical objects, they might not leave your pump alone. This is perfectly safe. Everything is self-contained, and there aren’t any parts that can hurt your pet.

However, if you have a dog that goes after things like vacuums and other items, the cheaper pumps that make noise might end up getting slapped around by your dog. The easiest solution to this is to buy a good system with a silent pump.

The tubing can be an issue if you have a pet that likes to climb or get into things such as a cat. When installed properly, the tubing is snug against the walls of your home and not easy for pets to get on.

In some situations, the tubing might be easier to grip, and a pet might be able to mess with it. This isn’t a major threat in any way, but if you have a cat that likes to attack your Christmas tree or anything like that, it’s important to pay attention to how you install the system.


Safe and Effective Outdoor Cooling for You and Your Pets


As you can see, all of these “concerns” are the same basic worries you have to have for any household item. The misting systems we’re covering here simply add moisture to the air to cool the temperature of your patio by up to 20F degrees. If everything is installed properly, and you take your pet’s behavior into account, you don’t even have to worry about them messing with the misting system.

This makes high pressure misting systems the safest way to cool a patio with or without pets. Unlike fans, there are no fast-moving parts that pets can hurt themselves on, there are no chemicals used other than what your water company adds to the water, and if you buy a high-quality system, the pump doesn’t even make much noise.

In the end, you and your pets can enjoy a cooler, more comfortable, outdoor experience together that makes even the hottest summer evenings perfect for enjoying time on the patio.


Get a Pet-Friendly Misting System Today


Misting systems are safe for pets only when the quality of the misting system meets strict safety standards and is properly maintained for harmless operation. You need reliability, longevity, and a system that doesn’t make tons of noise.

aerMist can help with that. Contact us today to find a perfect outdoor cooling solution for your home!