4 Ways to Stay Cool Outside This Summer
It’s summertime and this year, it’s turning out to be one of the hottest on record. As you might expect, beating the heat is one of the most common conversations people are having and it’s one of the top stories on the evening news.
At Trinity Custom Homes, we have a few tips and tricks that will help you enjoy the beautiful summer weather without having to worry about the sun turning you into a raisin. Here are four ways to stay cool outside this summer.
Playing in water is one of the most tried and true ways to beat the heat during the summer. And, you don’t have to invest in an in-ground pool to cool off. There are a lot of inexpensive vinyl above ground pools available to choose from, but you don’t even have to go that far if you don’t want to. For example, if you have a toddler, all you need is a cheap kiddie pool and you’ll be able to keep cool while playing with your child.
Another, more affluent option, is to have a misting system installed on your patio. Similar to what is used on the sidelines of pro sporting events, a misting system sends out an intermittent spray of mist that helps keep you nice and cool while lounging outside on hot summer days.
#2: Add Some Shade to Your Patio
A patio provides you with a nice place to chill out outside, but if it is open and exposed to direct sunlight, it will feel more like an oven than a comfortable haven. Luckily, there are several ways you can add shade to your patio.
One option is to use a large patio umbrella. This is a great option, but keep in mind if you aren’t planning on sitting at the table while you’re outside, then it might not cast shade to where you’re planning on sitting. Another option is to have a retractable awning installed over your patio. This will allow you to enjoy the sun when you want to get some extra Vitamin D, and to shade your entire patio if the sun’s rays get too strong.
Another option is to go green and add some landscape features around your patio. Planting some shade trees will add shade and beauty, but be careful where you plant them. You don’t want the trees planted too close to your home or patio or else the roots could be a problem as the trees grow.
#3: Choose the Right Patio Furniture
Some patio furniture absorbs heat easier than others. And, if you aren’t careful, sitting on one of these pieces can produce painful burns. Therefore, the type of patio furniture you have on your patio will definitely play a role in how hot or cool you are outside.
The coolest materials to choose from include aluminum, wood, and wicker. While you might think that aluminum would be hot when exposed to the sun, in truth, it is exceptionally resistant to the sun’s rays. The material’s heat resistance is why aluminum foil won’t burn your hand even after being in the oven for hours.
#4: Invest in Your Comfort and Go With an Outdoor Cooling System
An outdoor cooling system is similar to your home’s air conditioning with the exception that it is designed to cool your outdoor space. It emits a cooling breeze throughout your outdoor space, making it ideal for birthdays and outdoor dinners.
This type of system is more complex to install, so as you might expect, it is an investment. But, it is an investment that can really pay off in comfort, especially if you enjoy being outside quite a lot in the summer.
Our Trinity Home Builder Can Help You Design the Ultimate Backyard Getaway
If you’re designing a custom home and you want to ensure that it meets all of your needs, call Trinity Custom Homes today. Our in-house architects can help you create the home you want with a backyard environment that’s designed to keep you comfortable and cool throughout summer.
Call Trinity Custom Homes in Augusta, GA today at (706) 855-5227 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced custom home builders and we’ll get started bringing your dream of owning a custom-built home to life.