Monday, 22 December 2014

Beat the heat: Simple solutions for keeping outdoor spaces cool and comfortable

Are summer’s sizzling temperatures causing you to retreat from your favorite outdoor spaces? Decks, patios and other outdoor areas should be enjoyed throughout the year, but heat, sun and humidity can quickly make being outside intolerable during the dog days of summer. Beat the heat and take back your favorite outdoor areas by utilizing these helpful solutions to some of the most common challenges of being outdoors during hot weather:
Challenge: Scorching sun     Solution: Strategic shading

Shade can reduce heat considerably, but in order to maximize the effect shade has on your outdoor space, evaluate sun patterns to identify the hottest areas. After doing so, you can strategically implement shade features for maximum effect. For example, umbrellas and awnings add instant shade and ambience when placed to block the noon sun.
Challenge: Sweltering temperatures   Solution: Portable evaporative coolers

Even with shade, outdoor heat can be unbearable. Fortunately, you can quickly cool outdoor spaces like patios, garages, greenhouses and work areas with evaporative coolers. For example, a portable evaporative cooler such as the Port-A-Cool Cyclone can provide a cooling effect by as much as 7 degrees Celsiusin spaces up to 65 square meter.
 Challenge: Uncomfortable furniture   Solution: Cushions/new materials

Furniture is a necessary for a comfortable, inviting outdoor environment but popular wrought-iron and metal furniture can become griddle-hot in the summer sun. Cut the burn and maximize furniture use all year long by covering metal furniture with cushions made from a durable, breathable material like cotton. Or invest in new furniture made from alternative materials like wicker, light-colored plastic and wood that tend to reflect the sun and stay cooler to the touch.
 Challenge: Blistering flooring   Solution: Outdoor rugs

Challenge: Phantom heat   Solution: Seek the source

Summer weather can heat outdoor flooring to blistering temperatures, making it nearly impossible to go barefoot outside. Bring the heat down to toe-safe temperatures with outdoor rugs in light colors that reflect the sun. Opt for one large area rug or place a few smaller rugs throughout the space where foot traffic is heaviest. Bonus: rugs help collect sand and dirt from feet so less gets tracked inside.



If you feel like you’ve done everything possible to cut heat but your outdoor spaces are still uncomfortable, look for phantom heat sources. For example, grilling is a popular summertime activity, but grills put off a ton of heat even after they have been turned off. Try moving the grill away from lounging areas and downwind from where people are located and see if it helps reduce the heat in your area.






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