7 ways to cool off on your patio this summer

23 June, 2014

Patios are the perfect place to soak up the sun and enjoy the summer months. But there are some days during the season that are just too hot and humid for comfort. However, that doesn't mean that you can't still hang out on the patio! We've got more than a few ways you can keep your cool, even on summer's hottest days:

1. A pool
Go for a dip right in your own backyard with an in-ground pool. Not only will this backyard accessory keep you cool, it will add to the value of your home and come in handy when you entertain. You'll have to decide what shape of pool works best for the design of your patio and style of your home.

2. Patio umbrellas
Whether you're reading by the pool or having dinner outside with family and friends, patio umbrellas are lifesavers. They keep the ultraviolet rays off of you so you can enjoy your time outdoors. Purchase a freestanding patio umbrella that you can move around as you please, or buy one that fits in the middle of your patio table while you dine or entertain.

3. Misting system
Instantly enhance the comfort level on your patio with a misting system. When it feels like 100 degrees outside, a mister can reduce that temperature by about 20 degrees, which makes a huge difference. This system is perfect for hosting backyard barbecues, pool parties or cocktail parties. There's nothing more refreshing than feeling a light mist on your skin when there's no summer breeze to give you relief from the heat and humidity.

4. Pergola
Give some much-needed shade to your patio with a pergola. Not only are these structures functional, they can contribute to the style of the space as well. You can hang potted plants, colorful flowers or bright stringed lights for nighttime entertaining. A pergola still allows you to feel the warm breeze of summer without all of the heat that can often come with it. You can even equip your pergola with curtains to keep the bugs out.

5. Retractable screen
Retractable screens can offer UV protection to keep you cool and comfortable, and is great for keeping pests out when you're trying to eat dinner or chat with your guests. And the best part is, you can still enjoy the fresh air of the outdoors. The screen has the ability to go up and down when you're ready to soak up the sun.

6. Outdoor bar
One of the simplest ways to stay cool during the summer is with chilled beverages. Install an outdoor bar on your patio to make entertaining a breeze and to have a cool place to store drinks. A fun way to keep drinks cool is to fill up colorful water balloons, freeze them, and add them to buckets or glass containers to keep beverages chilled.

7. Fans
Install fans in your backyard to keep the air circulating and offer a cool breeze during the heat of summer. Fans can also help keep bugs away for a pest-free environment.