Top 3 Ways To Keep Your Patio Feeling Cool All Summer Long

With the sun blazing and the weather warming up, you may be looking for ways to enjoy more time outdoors. If so, your patio is one of the best places to pass the time and enjoy the summer. After all, you can sit back and read a good book, gather with your family to eat a meal al fresco, and so much more. On the other hand, considering it can get extremely hot during the summer months, being outside may be the last thing you want to do. In fact, CNN suggests that summer temperatures will be above average in 2022.  

Fortunately, there are many ways that you can perk up your patio to make it cooler for you and your loved ones, no matter the size of your space or budget. Below, we'll cover some of the best ways you can keep your patio feeling cool all summer long. Whether you're looking for a cost-effective idea or want to splurge, we've got you covered with great ideas.

Install a misting system

Spritzing yourself with water is a great way to beat the heat this summer. With a constant flow of water from a misting system, you can stay cool and keep your skin hydrated all day long. In many cases, installing a water misting fan is simple and can be done without professional assistance. According to INYO Pools, misting fans are specifically designed to fit onto the end of a standard garden hose for a continuous supply of water. Of course, if you would like to install the misting fan to your plumbing or electrical system, calling a professional is recommended.

There are various types of misting fans available for purchase. For example, there are fans that can be easily hung on a ceiling, which is great for pergolas or patio covers made from wood. Other misting fans are smaller and can be moved from one place to another. This may be ideal for those who like to have various seating areas around their patio.

Lighten up your patio with rugs

There's no denying that the right rug can help you design your perfect patio. According to TnT Builders, a great way to keep your bare feet from burning on the hot surface of the deck is to add a rug that will act as a barrier. A quality outdoor rug will also provide a protective layer for your decking material beneath it.

If your patio is uncovered, make sure to look for an option that is made from polyester or a UV-resistant material when shopping for an outdoor rug. Plush Rugs suggests polypropylene. It's a synthetic material that is fade- and UV ray-resistant while also staying affordable and low maintenance. TnT Builders adds that polypropylene keeps mold and mildew at bay by not retaining moisture. Regardless of which patio rug you choose, it's important to ensure that it's durable, especially if you're placing it in high-traffic areas.

Find ways to add shade

One of the mistakes everyone makes when buying outdoor furniture is forgetting to invest in items that provide shade for their patio. You'll likely want to spend a considerable amount of time enjoying your outdoor space, so it's a good idea to identify ways in which you can increase the shade factor. From planting trees to purchasing a canopy, the possibilities are endless.

If you're looking for something that will enhance the look and feel of your patio and bring shade — and you don't mind splurging — you can build a gazebo, install a pergola, or get a roof constructed. On the other hand if you're on a budget, consider buying a canopy, patio umbrellas, or shade sails. You can also plant a tree for a bit of natural shade. Keep in mind that it can take a few years or longer for a tree to reach a mature height, per Local Tree Estimates, so it's best to think of other ways you can add shade to your patio in the meantime.