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How To Keep Patio Cool In Summer [10 Great Tips]

How To Keep Patio Cool In Summer [10 Great Tips]
By RST Brands
May 28, 2020

Here are 10 of the best ways to cool your patio this summer:

  1. Install a Pool

  2. Use Patio Umbrellas

  3. Have a Misting System

  4. Get a Pergola

  5. Use a Retractable Screen

  1. Build an Outdoor Bar

  2. Install Fans

  3. Utilize a Retractable Awning

  4. Use Rugs/Paint

  5. Try an Evaporative Cooler

Patios are the perfect backyard spot to enjoy the warm weather or eat outside with family and friends.
But extreme summer heat can make even the nicest patio seem unwelcome. 

How do I Cool My Outdoor Patio? 

The heat doesn’t have to ruin your enjoyment of your outdoor patio. Even on the hottest days of the year, you can enjoy your patio by creating your own outdoor cooling system using the strategies below.


The Cannes™ Chaise Lounger is always ready to bliss out by the 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.


Shade the ones you love with the Portofino® Comfort 10ft Resort Umbrella in Taupe Mist

Whether you're reading by the pool or having dinner outside with family and friends, cool off with your patio umbrellas. 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.


Portofino™ Comfort sporting bright pops of yellow

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 outdoor cooling 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.


Complete your outdoor nook with the right light to set the mood

Give some much-needed shade to your patio with a pergola. Not only are these structures functional, but they can also 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.


Retractable screens can offer UV protection to keep you cool and comfortable, and are 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. 


Here we see the Deco Barstool Set in bliss blue, ready for company

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.


Do fans work in hot weather?

Installing fans in your backyard to keep the air circulating can offer a cool breeze during the heat of summer. Fans can also help keep bugs away for a pest-free environment. However, fans don’t actually cool the air, they just circulate it. 

If the air is cool enough, fans can provide some relief but when the air is extremely hot, you won’t notice much of a cooling effect. If you don’t think a fan will provide enough cooling relief for your patio, you may want to try an outdoor evaporative cooler. *Add jump link to evaporative cooler section*


Durable resin wicker adds texture and personality on this Deco™ Sectional

Sometimes you don't want your shade solution to be a permanent fixture in your backyard. In these circumstances, a retractable awning is a great option. These handy features can be pulled out on hot summer days, and conspicuously stored away on cooler days when you want the sun to warm you up.


When the patio gets scorching hot, a durable outdoor rug will be a lifesaver to protect sensitive bare feet. Make sure you choose an all-weather rug and keep it stored away during the winter months to keep it in good condition. You can also paint your concrete patio to keep it from absorbing some of the sun's rays.


The Deco Motion Club Chairs are a favorite, giving full-motion to your patio rendezvous

Evaporative coolers, or “swamp coolers,” were the solution for indoor cooling long before our homes had centralized air conditioning systems. But a portable evaporative cooler may also be a great solution to keep you cool on your patio, as it can blow cool air onto you and your guests. 

Do evaporative coolers work outside?

The short answer is, yes. Evaporative coolers pull warm air in, cool it, then redisburse the cooled air. The redistributed air can feel 4-6 degrees cooler than air temperature. It may not seem like a large temperature difference but you can position your swamp cooler to blow cool air directly at you. Evaporative coolers can be an effective budget-friendly or temporary solution if you need a quick fix. 

Looking for more ways to spruce up your patio? Find more outdoor furniture options here.

Updated on 05/28/2020
Original post from 6/22/2014