It is no surprise that at the end of August we are still HOT here in the South. What’s a little different is the severity of the heat not only here, but as far north as Boston, MA. We are back to Heat Advisories being issued in many cities and towns. We are lucky in the south as we have air conditioning pretty much everywhere, which I know isn’t necessarily so in the Northeast. We can put this 2018 summer into the history books!
So once again, 1) keep hydrated, 2) make sure your pets have water and shade, 3) carry a hand fan or misting pump bottle with you (we have the Windchiller Handheld Mist Fan), 4) include a portable misting system if you are out for the day in a park, camping, fishing, and the like, or make sure there is water nearby -even a garden hose to splash yourself, 5) take LOTS of breaks in the shade, 6) wear a hat or walk with and sit under an umbrella, 7) and don’t forget your sunglasses. Your eyes also need protection, and finally, 8) if you feel sick, dizzy, losing strength – head for medical attention ASAP!
You know that it will continue to be hot through September and likely October. It’s not too late to install a patio misting system. We recommend our 72FT Patio Mister (Multiple lengths available.) Includes everything you need to install and operate your misting system except the water. Completely pre-assembled, quick and easy to set up, connects to a standard garden hose and works with standard household water pressure. No electricity is needed to operate this low-pressure system.
Doesn’t matter whether you have a patio or a balcony, you will feel up to 30-Degrees F cooler using this system. That’s enough to keep you safe from the effects of boiling hot temperatures and will allow you to enjoy the outdoors.
PTOS AND SCHOOL FUNDS I remember when my son was in elementary, the first big PTO event was the school carnival. From digging in sand piles to find treasures like donated Happy Meal toys, to face painting, games, races, and cupcakes and pies for sale. These events are a lot of effort, but back then, I was up for it. Baking cupcakes to sell, helping with set up, take down, and run games. Those are precious times for a Mom and her kid(s). Dads even manage to show up which is really heart-warming. It all pays off with pictures for the annual yearbook and raises good money for much-needed school supplies and equipment around the school.
The PTO is a vital part of school life; I’ve seen the difference in areas where there is little to no parent involvement in poorer areas where parents have little to no time to donate to the school. So, if you have the time and even if you don’t have a little one, dive into this 2018-2019 school year and volunteer with resources to help out schools without a PTO! It genuinely makes a difference.
I cannot think of a cooler thing for a PTO to rent than Mist Cooling Inc’s Inflatable Mist Cooling Arc – it’s big, blue, and showy, and serves a purpose for those early hot school days, especially in concrete parking lots or on b-ball courts where many carnivals are held. It’s also available for purchase (use it year after year!) Brandable, i.e., “Lake Forest Elementary School” on the Arc’s top, sides, or both. It’s durable, easy to clean, lightweight to carry (weighs 20 lbs when deflated), easy to set up and take down. Measures 16′ x 16′ x 12′ high when inflated. Reduces hot temperatures in the application area by up to 30°F. Hooks up to a common garden hose or spigot and operates on city water pressure. And it’s big, BLUE, and flashy! It would also make a wonderful football game entry Arc for your school team! Optional battery pack available.
Traditionally, we think of “Summer” as ending in August. But who are we kidding here? We’ve got hot temperatures in September that are often higher than in previous months! I’ve thought about all of the activities I want to enjoy before school starts. Most of them are pretty typical, one is pretty cool. So I am sharing them with you, hoping it will generate ideas for all of us. The Classic – going to the Movies in a cool-dark theatre. In between, hitting the arboretums in town where there are shade trees and I can take my trusty Windchiller Hand-Held Mist Fan to keep me going. Another cool place to hang out is a museum. There’s quite a selection here in Houston including the usual MFA and Modern Arts Museums; we even have a Funeral Museum – I know, the wrong kind of “cool.” Boston MFA, LA County, St. Louis MFA, Chicago Art Institute, and of course the Met in NYC are all favorites of mine. A trip to Austin is always cooling; same heat but without humidity. 90°F is a lot more tolerable without moisture. My favorite plan this year is taking my son for his first hour of flight in a Cessna 179 before the start of school. Last, but definitely not least, there’s swimming. I have not been swimming this 2018 summer, and I work for a company that provides Pool Coolers! Last summer I was in a pool in August, and after about 30 minutes, the joy of the pool left me so I got out. Swimming in that pool was like sitting in a hot tub which was not the experience I wanted. Maybe that’s why I haven’t been back in a pool.
Well, this year I know about the Pool Cooler Patented. It’s a well-engineered product similar to the Pool Chillers but affordable, like $80/Pool Cooler vs. $1600+/Pool Chiller. The Pool Cooler Patented is super easy to install in an inground pool. You don’t have to struggle to remove all of the pool wall components before attaching the pool cooler, you just remove the eyeball and ring (easy), then insert the pool cooler, and you are ready to enjoy a refreshing swim! We also have an Above-Ground Pool Cooler, and it also is easy to install. Both will reduce pool water by up to 10°F, and that’s enough to make a real difference in water temperature. As a bonus Pool Cooler benefit, it generates better water circulation which helps keep your pool clean. Plus, the curtains of mist are fun for kids and adults! Don’t wait on this one, it’s an excellent choice for a relatively small sum.
Whatever is on your 2018 summer bucket list, we wish you the best and safest of experiences in all of it.
Today, Sacramento is looking at a high of 104°F. Palm Springs will have a high of 119°F. Houston will experience 100°F, and Las Vegas will be a crispy 111°F all the way through Saturday. These are the temperatures for many cities and whole states this year. Likely, there will not be a break in August. And, we may be facing a more permanent weather trend continuing into next year.
The number one priority for all of us is the health of people and animals. If you don’t have your health, everything else fades in comparison. A paramount priority for this summer needs to be protection from heat-stress and heat-stroke to keep ourselves, employees, families, and animals safe; checking on our neighbors to make sure they’re safe, and maybe even pooling resources and donating fans or portable A/C units to people who need them.
Mist Cooling Inc products definitely lower temperatures by up to 30°F. We have a variety of mist systems that can attach to umbrellas, front porches, houses, and outside areas for pets and other animals. All of these options range from a nominal price to a reasonable investment for years to come.
The cooling solution I like for our hot 2018 Summer (because of its flexibility and mobility) is the outdoor-rated Cool Misting Fan. It’s a reasonable investment that will carry you through the rest of this summer and on through many more hot summers. These fans come in various sizes with misting rings and misting nozzles, and can be mounted on walls indoors or outdoors, placed on pedestals, and we even have portable fans with reservoirs that can be moved around your property, or carried with you to parks, sporting events, and camping (yeah-even in this weather).
If you already have an outdoor-rated fan (necessary if not used indoors), we provide stainless-steel Misting Rings, nozzles, and Misting Hubs you can place on a fan you already own. You can use smaller orifice nozzles and add a pump to get finer mist results. In any case, your temperatures will reduce enough to help keep you safe. And since it’s misting, it won’t be just HOT air pushed around.
These misting attachments are less expensive but if your fan is not outdoor-rated – fair warning – it can only be used indoors. Outside wind can reverse the spray mist back into the motor and cause sparks or fire. You don’t need another emergency situation.
Are you kidding us? In this heatwave? Temperatures have hovered in the “feels like” and “actual” triple-digit range all the way from the west coast to the far northeast including Canada! Many families have reunions during July and August. Often, it is planned indoors in warmer states (that would be everywhere now). That means lots of people indoors. Trying to solicit financial support from family members for rental space fees year after year is tough. What about trying to plan one outdoors? Yes, we have an agenda, but it’s a good one.
We sell (and rent) Mist Cooling Tents. Sturdy canvas tents on corrosion-resistant aircraft aluminum frames with misting systems pre-installed. They are “plug-n-play” type setups. All you do is open up the tent, connect it to a water source, and an electric source to boost the misting system, and temperatures drop by up to 30°F under and just outside of the tent. The pump is optional, but it is the best choice because it creates the finest mist that can quickly evaporate, so it cools well, and not get everyone wet underneath the misting nozzles. For a family reunion-sized affair, we recommend a 10’ x 10’ cool misting shade tent. Just leave the family reunion T-shirts off your list! We have included a seating chart below for your planning purposes.
There’s also the “what can we do for employees this summer?” question. It is possible that you still don’t have a plan upon which everyone can agree. However, what if you made a purchase that would serve you years on end? Likely, it would be the same cost as doing any event without a tent. Imagine a pickup game of baseball earlier in the day – say Accounting vs. Marketing? Then, topping it off with a catered (BBQ of course) lunch under a cool misting shade tent with lots of iced-down water, tea, and sports drinks to keep everyone hydrated? Watermelon and banana pudding? You might even consider a sprinkler system toy or two (water slide?) for the kids. We don’t sell them, but we know they work for entertainment.