An alternate system runs on the fog or good mist injected in to the intake air stream. Although a number of commercial systems are available, growers can assemble and set up their own system using a high pressure piston pump and fog nozzles. The essential components are shown in Fig. 1. A two-stage system managed by a two- stage thermostat allows more water to be applied on excessively warm, shiny days. Temperature settings ought to be 5-10°F apart.
Algae development in the pads may become a problem that will decrease the effectiveness of the machine and lead to accelerated deterioration of the pads. The addition of an algaecide to the water supply will help in control.
It is desirable, especially in hard drinking water areas, to add a wetting agent to the drinking water to obtain more uniform wetting of the pads. A commercial material or liquid household detergent at the price of 2 tablespoons per 100 gallons may be used.
Water for the pads should be clean and lower in mineral content to avoid clogging and coating of the pads. A pump, pipes and gutters are accustomed to recirculate the drinking water. A flow rate 113 gallon per minute per linear foot of pad system should be provided to assure adequate wetting.
In the most common cooling system (fan and pad), the fans draw air through wet pads that expand the length of 1 endwall or sidewall. Aspen and covered cellulose are normal pad materials that always have life of 1 to 3 years. Approximately one sq . foot of pad are is needed for 20 square ft of floor area.
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