6 Ways to Keep Your Outdoor Space Cool in the Summer
When the hot summer weather starts to hit, spending time outdoors can sound like the last thing you want to do. But rather than let your outdoor entertaining area go to waste, why not take steps to transform it into a cool and comfortable oasis? Luckily, there are plenty of steps you can take to achieve this, beating the heat and keeping your outdoor space open for business even as the temperatures soar.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss 6 additions you can make to your outdoor space to do exactly this, exploring options both small and simple and grand and luxurious. Here are our picks for 6 of the best ways to keep your outdoor area cool in the summer.
Retractable awnings can make an incredible addition to your outdoor space, offering versatility and convenience. Because they’re adjustable, they can be easily extended or retracted as needed and allow you to customise the amount of shade you receive throughout the day.
They can also be added to the side of your home, patio or pergola, providing wide-reaching shade protection from the sun’s UV rays. Available in a wide range of shapes, colours and patterns, you can easily find the perfect awning for your home that complements its exterior and adds to the charm and appeal of your outdoor area.
One of the most effective ways to cool down your outdoor space is to plant native shade trees in your yard. Blackwood, Yellow Box and Golden Robinia trees all provide magnificent shade, providing shelter from UV rays and enhancing your outdoor area with their beauty and charm.
While growing trees is by no means a quick fix like some of the other options on this list, consider it an investment in your future. You can also buy balled and burlapped trees that are already big enough to provide some shade. Don’t forget, in order for this to work you need to commit to caring for your tree and providing it with water, keeping it well fed and grooming it whenever necessary.
Patio umbrellas are a great, affordable way to add some shade to your outdoor space. Because they’re so easy to move around and open or close, umbrellas are convenient and are a good temporary substitute if you’re saving up for something more substantial.
Umbrellas can also be used to add shade to areas of your yard other than your patio, such as by the pool or the kid’s play area. They’re also handy for outdoor dining, allowing you to keep cool and comfortable while you eat and prevent your food and drinks from spoiling under the sun.
Misters or outdoor fans
Misters and fans can go a long way in helping to cool down your outdoor space. Misters provide relief by releasing a fine mist of water into the air, which then evaporates and helps to cool down the surrounding area.
Ceiling fans can also be installed in covered patios, helping to circulate air and provide a cooling breeze. Alternatively, you can use freestanding or clamp-on fans that can be rearranged to wherever you need them the most. Fans can also keep away mosquitoes and other outdoor pests, and are available in a range of styles to suit your chosen aesthetics.
Rugs can be a cheap and simple way to cool down your outdoor patio, protecting feet (and paws) from scorching hot flooring that’s trapped under the sun. Rugs made from natural materials such as jute, sisal and bamboo are your best options, as they provide a cooler surface than synthetic materials. Because they have natural moisture-wicking properties, they absorb excess heat and help make your outdoor space more comfortable for everyone.
On top of this, they come in an endless variety of patterns, colours and shapes, allowing you to inject some personality into your outdoor entertaining area. We recommend avoiding rugs in darker shades, as these will be more likely to absorb heat rather than reflect it.
Water features not only add a special kind of ambience to your outdoor space but can also keep temperatures down thanks to evaporative cooling. Whatever water feature you opt for will help create a cooling effect that will decrease the temperature in your outdoor entertaining space. If you have the space and the budget, you can even add a waterfall or a pond to create a cool and inviting area that’s perfect for those hot summer days.