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Beat the Heat on Your Patio

Renee Valdes
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What’s the best way to beat the heat while enjoying your patio in summer? Besides shade trees and gentle breezes, pergolas, umbrellas and personal misting devices can help take the edge off the heat while you’re grilling, entertaining and celebrating the sights and sounds of summer.

The Outdoor Living Today Breeze Pergola is a great choice for staying cool. Not only do customers say this pergola is easy to assemble, but the high-quality red cedar makes it extremely durable to withstand the tests of outdoor elements and pests.

Plus, you can dress it up with drop cloth curtains, and strands of lights and lanterns, whether you’re entertaining or enjoying some quiet reading time. For more pergola tips and decorating ideas, check out The Apron Blog.

Misty Mate by The Home Depot

While pergolas and other gazebos are perfect for outdoor entertainment, you may prefer to escape in a hammock. With a glass of lemonade in hand and a personal misting device, it’s the perfect spot for an afternoon siesta. You can opt for a freestanding hammock or choose one that you can secure to your pergola.

If your space is much smaller, cooling down under a colorful patio umbrella is an easy and economical way to escape the heat of the day.

The Hampton Bay patio umbrella provides 9 feet of coverage from the sun. With the touch of a button, the umbrella lifts or lowers from a remote control. By day, a solar cell atop the umbrella charges in the sun so that by night, 24 solar-powered LED lights brighten your entertaining space.

Most umbrellas offer swivel arms or can tilt to block the sun as it makes its way across the sky. Be sure to choose a heavy base and close it after use to keep the umbrella from toppling during stormy weather.

Another alternate idea is a shade sail canopy. These come in a variety of sizes and offer a geometric and modern look to any backyard.


If your home boasts a patio instead of a porch or deck, many ceiling fans look great outdoors and can be easy to install and maintain. Just imagine relaxing on a porch swing underneath the gentle breeze of a fan. Now that sure beats the heat!

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