Cool Outdoor Summer Living

Getting outdoors during the summer months is a priority for many homeowners. While the weather is temperate in some parts of the US, it can get pretty toasty in others. This is why it is important to keep cool while enjoying the outdoors. Spending time on a patio is a great way to be outside and enjoy the summer weather.

Patios are a great compromise between the indoors and outdoors. There are many features that can be added to a patio that can help keep the area cool without sacrificing the feel of being outdoors:

Patio Covers

When most people think about the summer heat, they think about relaxing in the shade. Believe it or not, it is not actually cooler in the shade, it just feels that way! Direct sunlight makes it feel 10 to 15 degrees warmer than it does in the shade.

For patios that do not have naturally occurring shade, which often comes from mature trees, a patio cover is a great option. Patio covers are available in a variety of sizes and can be custom made to fit a patio. There are also adjustable patio covers that can be moved to provide more or less sunlight to the patio.

Outdoor Fans

Another great way to keep cool while spending time on the patio is by installing an outdoor ceiling fan. Outdoor fans circulate the air throughout the patio and make it feel cooler. Larger patios may even require more than one ceiling fan. When choosing an outdoor ceiling fan, it is important to choose a fan that is specifically designed for outdoor use. These fans need to be able to stand up to wind, rain, and the elements. 

Outdoor Refrigerators

The summer months are prime time for grilling out. Enjoying a meal outside is one of the best things about the summer months and this is why outdoor kitchens and grilling areas are more popular than ever. In addition to outdoor grills and stoves, outdoor refrigerators are also a great way to keep cool.

Having a refrigerator on the patio means that cool foods and beverages are always just a few feet away. Refrigerators are also great for entertaining on the patio. 

During the summer months many homeowners want to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. However, sometimes the weather can be a little too warm. This is why staying on a cool, shaded patio is a great idea.