Growing up, in Southern California, I spent the majority of my Summer days indoors, confined to the comforts of air conditioning. Momma refused to go outside until shortly before dusk, when the day's heat finally began winding down. At that point we'd often grab out flip flops and migrate down to the community pool where Momma could sit under the patio misters, in the shade, and watch me work out my excess energy in the pool. On afternoons, when I'd get especially restless, a trip to the local strip mall, and it's ice cold a/c was in order, complete with a matinee showing in a nice, dark, cool, theater.
Today, as I listen to my friends, back East, complain about how the snow is finally beginning to melt, and they cannot wait to escape Winter, I am left reflecting on the other half of the country. In Southern states, like Florida, Texas, and the Pacific Coast's California, our temperatures are already climbing towards 100 and the dry heat can quickly become unbearable. But what is the use in being in a warm weather state if you can't enjoy the warm weather and beautiful sun, outdoors?
1. Add Some Shade: In most cases, getting out of the direct sun will cool contact temperatures as much as 15-20 degrees instantly. Consider adding an awning, patio set with tilting umbrella, gazebo, or yard tent to help create shaded areas in your backyard. Also growing quickly in popularity are yard sails. Resembling an actual boat sail, and made of a similar fade resistant canvas fabric, yard sails can be installed with easily mounted stainless steel frames for instant shade structures that quickly go up and come down during the cooler Winter months.
An outdoor misting fan is also a wonderful, portable solution. The AF-520B can easily be moved from it's grill-side spot on the patio to a misting position poolside. It's lightweight frame is durable enough to withstand outdoor use and water contact, while it's sturdy base stands up to environmental factors like gusting wind. While we primarily use ours on the patio, the fine mist produced by the 3 water nozzles is equally appropriate for the kids to cool off in while playing in the yard, or even lounging in the hammock on a warm Summer day.
5. Add A Pool Or Pond: My last tip, and perhaps the most obvious, might also seem like the most most impractical. However, if you are not ready to commit to an in-ground or above-ground pool structure, or landscape pond; consider adding a small table or bird fountain to bring the presence of water to your outdoor space. Believe it or not, the sounds and sights of water, especially moving water, can be just as cooling and relaxing as soaking in the water, itself.
Is it starting to warm up in your part of the world? How do you and your family stay cool outside when the Sun decided to come out to play?
What Daughter Says: Don't let the sun keep you from enjoying your backyard- that's what it's there for! Begin working on creative cooling solutions for your yard, today.
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