Catch the Sunshine!

  • homeP.O. Box 1564 Mobile, AL 36633 USA
  • phone251-471-5238
  • fax251-471-5465 (fax)
  • phone1-800-531-4769

TurboXE Fogger Series FAQ

TurboXE Fogger Series FAQ

1. Does the Turbo XE produce a mist or a fog?

These systems are certainly considered to be true fogging machines. Particles over 50 micons have a tendency to settle out of the air as mist. Aquafogs use centrifugal force to atomize liquid into ultra-fine particles averaging 25 micons in size. Systems are equipped with a flow control valve for adjustment of fog output. This feature also allows the operator to reduce particle size even further if desired.

2. How much water pressure do I need?

The units do not require any high pressure pumps. An ordinary water supply is more than adequate and pressure can be as low as 5 psi. Units can also be gravity fed for occasional application of chemicals.

3. Will the units be reliable using my water supply?

The units are a self-flushing and nozzle-free system that does not require small orifices to produce a high quality fog. In most cases no filtration is necessary. In fact, Aquafog units can accept ordinary water supplies, such as city, well and even pond water without incurring any clogs. Even well water supplies with high concentrations of calcium rarely present clogging problems.

4. What is the difference between the Turbo XE Fans and the RSMs?

The hanging fan units cover the widest range of applications and can fulfill most customers' needs. The Aquafog RSM line is more specifically designed for certain applications.

5. Can I install this unit myself?

In most cases, yes with the availability of common hand tools and basic mechanical knowledge. Aquafog Turbo XE units are designed and packaged with consumer installation in mind.

6. What do I need for a complete system?

For manual operation, a P-1 Watertight Plug and a W-1 Water Hose Connector are recommended to complete a fan installation. A variety of control packages are available to fully automate systems, depending on individual needs. Units can also be adapted to computerized controls with the addition of electrical relays for power and water supplies.

7. Do you have any experience shipping overseas?

Yes, currently 40% of our sales are exports. Jaybird has been exporting equipment for over 20 years and has acquired the specialized knowledge needed to ensure efficient service and prompt delivery for our overseas customers

Gothic Arch Greenhouses

Targeted FAQs

Q)Should I use a humidistat control?

Humidistat controls work best for applications requiring 80% RH or less. If you need to maintain RH above 85%, do not consider using a mechanical humidistat control.

If you are interested in evaporative cooling and have thermostatically controlled exhaust fans, using a humidistat control is a great choice. The two independent systems will work very well together, for cooling as well as for providing a maximum set point for relative humidity control.

How can I control high humidity applications?

To maintain near 100% relative humidity with little or no ventilation:

Operate the Turbo XE continuously and use the flowmeter panel to control the fogging output to maintain the desired high humidity level.

Humidistats are generally not reliable in high humidity applications. For dependable control of a high RH application, it is best to operate Turbo XEs continuously. Using an appropriately sized flowmeter panel allows for simple and dependable control of the high humidity level.

Maintaining near 100% RH with strong ventilation:

This application requires switching between two different fogging outputs. This is a common requirement in greenhouse propagation.

The low fogging output is used when ventilation is not occurring, while a much higher output is needed when the ventilation system is active. The fogging system will have to either be manually adjusted or a Two-Stage Timer Control can be used to automate between the two different fogging outputs.

Q)Are these fans similar to those used at football games?

The equipment used at games is similar; however, those fan systems have nozzles and are designed to produce water particles large enough that they can be projected into contact with players, and the high volume fan evaporates the small droplets off the player, resulting in rapid heat removal directly from the player’s surface.

Q)Can I achieve evaporative cooling indoors?

In most cases, you cannot create evaporative cooling in an indoor environment; however, if there’s a strong ventilation system available, and a significant increase in humidity would not have a negative impact, then it is possible.

Every gram of water that evaporates absorbs 536 calories of heat, producing humidity that builds quickly. Without ventilation, cooling effects attenuate quickly as the humidity builds. At 100% RH, no cooling occurs.

Q)How do I know when the environment is near 100% RH?

For best results, measure RH using a quick responding digital humidity indicator with a range up to 100%. Please note: the device should not be kept inside the application room for extended periods of time.

If you want a less expensive way to measure RH, or want to monitor the humidity in the application area for extended periods of time, then place a block of aluminum and a block wood next to one another. The aluminum will attract condensation at 85% RH and the block of wood will attract condensation at 100% RH. So maintaining a wet block of aluminum along with a moist block of wood is a good indicator that you are near 100% RH.

  • If the block of wood gets wet, rather than moist, then you will know that the area is likely being over-humidified, with the possibility of product damage occurring. In this case, a decrease in fogging output is needed.
  • If the block of aluminum is dry, then you know that the area is below 85% RH and an increase in fogging output is needed.

Q)What is the fog particle size and will floors get wet?

The low volume output CRSM and ORSM units have particle sizes averaging less than 10 microns. Floors or nearby surfaces do not get wet.

Particle sizes for the HRSM range from 10 to 40 microns with the probability of slightly wet floors near the unit in most interior applications. HRSMs have an adjustable flow control that produces a range of particle sizes.
@ high fog output, particle size averages 40 microns in size
@ mid fog output, particle size averages 25 microns in size
@ low fog output, particle size averages 10 microns in size

Particles measuring 50 microns or smaller will usually evaporate before hitting the floor. “Mother Nature’s” fog averages 5 to 10 microns in size.

Whether your floors become wet or stay dry is largely dependent on the amount of fogging output and the unit’s mounting height. The fine-line between maximizing fog output and maintaining floor dryness is usually achievable. Every customer has different needs and this is why the adjustable flowmeter control is a key feature.

Even the smallest fog particles can collide with others and result in fallout, while Turbo XEs also have occasional water drops fall from their housing. It's important to consider these factors when installing fogging equipment. We recommend suspending units up high and where there is no sensitive equipment directly underneath.

Q)Do these atomize identically to the Turbo XE series?

Yes, the Mobile units are essentially Turbo XEs equipped with mobile recirculation tanks underneath.

If you need additional technical support or have a question, we can be reached 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM central time, Monday through Friday at:

Phone: 800-531-4769 (toll-free US and Canada) or 251-471-5328

FAX: 251-471-5465

E-mail: info@gothicarchgreenhouses.net

Back to Fogger Systems