5 Ways to Keep Cool in Your Backyard

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Don’t let Arizona heat keep you from enjoying your yard. Here are 5 great ways to stay cool while outside with your friends and family.

1. Patio Misters

Installing patio misters can have a dramatic effect on your backyard activities this summer. The system pumps water through simple tubing and nozzles to mist water over you and your guests while you enjoy your backyard. As the water evaporates it will keep you cool, even in the blazing summer heat! Cooling mister systems can lower the perceived temperature outside by up to 20°F.

How Much Water Do Patio Misters Use?

Depending on your specific setup, patio misters use different amounts of water. A typical patio mister system uses somewhere between .5 and 1.5 gallons of water per nozzle every hour.

2. Hard Plastic Kiddie Pool

Hard plastic pools are the standard for a cool backyard in the summer, and won’t break your budget. Designed for young children to splash and play without the need for a full pool installation, plastic kiddie pools are often used by adults as well.

Due to their portability and small diameter, they make perfect pools for small yards. You can even place them underneath your patio furniture as a great place to cool your feet while you lounge. Dogs love them too!

3. Yard Sprinklers

Even if you don’t have a lawn to water, sprinklers are a great way to beat the heat during summer. They aren’t particularly expensive, and there are options that attach directly to your garden hose for ease of use.

Sprinklers are enjoyed by all members of the family – kids, adults, and pets alike. Some yard sprinklers are intended for lawn watering, while some are specifically designed for an afternoon of play.

4. Patio Umbrellas

Water is one of the easiest ways to cool off during the summer. The other requirement for a cool backyard is shade! Standalone patio umbrellas provide a great source of portable shade where and whenever you need it.

Once you’ve got the umbrella and the base, you can place the shade source anywhere in your yard, and bring your comfiest patio furniture underneath the umbrella to relax and retreat from the sun. Some patio tables also include a spot to place an umbrella, so you can spend time around a table without having to roast under the sun. Patio table umbrellas provide a great way to enjoy an outdoor summer barbecue!

5. Retractable Awnings

If you are frequently outside, you might need a more permanent shade source. Retractable patio awnings create an easy way to enjoy your backyard without the brutal heat and light of the sun interfering.

Once a retractable awning is installed, it’s often as easy as pressing a button to deploy the shade. Underneath the awning, you’ll have a super-shady spot to enjoy with your friends and family. Retractable awnings are much more wind resistant than umbrellas, cover a much greater area, and will last longer.
If you’re interested in setting up a permanent sun solution for your backyard, contact Superior Sun Solutions today! Our selection of retractable awnings is sure to set you up for a cool backyard summer.

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