Climate change is real, and over the last decade, temperatures are increasing rapidly. Even the most sceptical people cannot deny that it is no longer business as usual when it comes to climate change. As temperature rises, it is not only humans that are experiencing these changes but also animals for instance horses and other livestock animals that enjoy cool climates than hot ones.
Despite the ability to sweat, a relative rarity among animals other than humans, horses still have problems cooling themselves when temperatures are extreme. Because of their large size, the body tends to accumulate faster than they can fight the excess heat. Especially in high humidity, when sweat no longer evaporates to cool the skin, sources are prone to heat stroke and extremely dangerous heat exhaustion. To keep horses cool, this is where the need for barn cooler systems comes in.
A barn cooler system introduces a steady water supply to the air in the form of ultra-fine droplets, i.e. misting which evaporates before hitting the ground. A correctly installed misting system will create a mist, which will reduce temperatures in the immediate areas by 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
The best results from a barn cooler system are achieved in an area with excellent airflow. Otherwise, the mist may not evaporate as expected and your walls, floor and fixtures will be damp. Many individuals like installing a line of nozzles under the eaves of the barn, at a 45-degree angle instead of pointing straight to the ground.
The best placement will vary depending on the design of the barn cooler systems. All you need is to make sure that the misting nozzle is not in proximity to things that need to be kept dry such as feed, tack and salt blocks. Also, if you have electrical outlets, ensure that the nozzles are away from this as well.
Permanent misting systems require a central pump connected to your main water supply. The best of these systems is designed in a certain way so that they are sealed against rodents, dust, moisture and corrosion damage. They also have an automatic shut off valves should the water supply be cut off. They are also easy to serve, and so you don’t need to worry about maintenance cost.
Some barn cooler systems also come with times so that you can choose when misting starts, and some also allow mist horse friendly insecticides for barn-wide fly control. Most of these misting systems amplify the water pressure over and above what you receive from your city water system or home well to achieve the fog effect or fine mist. As you think of a cooler system, be sure to work with the right experts for quality systems.