Spending time in your backyard has become somewhat of a national pastime these last few years. This summer, don’t get pushed inside by the heat! Here are some ways that you can stay outside and spend more time enjoying your backyard this summer while fighting back against the heat. Read on and enjoy and don’t forget to let us know which ones you liked best or if we forgot some great ones that you think we should add to the list.
Consume Cool To Stay Cool
Ok, this summer you’re going to get very familiar with super cold beverages and you’re going to have to like it! That’s right, drinking cold or frozen beverages while it is hot outside actually does help you stay cooler in the heat. So, break out those ice chips and start making them your new afternoon snack. You can also enjoy an ice cold beer or iced cocktail as well. If you’re feeling more in the eating mood, try making your own slushies or popsicles! Those are a great way to stay cool and keep the hunger pangs away as well.
Chill Your Skin
You can really make yourself feel cooler during the heat by wrapping a small towel around your neck that has been soaked in cold or iced water. Since your neck and shoulders have so many blood vessels, it helps to circulate cooler blood throughout your body. Just make sure to change it out every hour or so as it will lose its coolness relatively quickly. You can also put a damp towel or two in the freezer overnight to get you the maximum cool.
You can also install a misting sprinkler head like this one from Amazon that can both help to water your lawn and garden and also keep you cool while you hang out in the backyard.
Made In The Shade
It doesn’t have to be elaborate or even that expensive, but if you set up a large patio umbrella or shade wall in your backyard, it will help to get you more hours of cool shade each day. At the very least, you can get a couple sheets from the thrift store and tie them to poles and make your own DIY canopy, but we definitely recommend sourcing umbrellas wherever possible.
Be Your Own Biggest Fan
In a pinch, you can also grab a cheap box fan or two and strategically place them around your patio to help get some air circulation going. This will also help to keep flies and other bugs away from you and your friends and family if you are enjoying food or drinks outdoors as well. You can also install a small mister in front of your fans to make an outdoor swamp cooler.
This year is the perfect time to take back your backyard and beat the heat in style or at least have fun trying! I am happy to help with any questions about home and garden, buying, selling, real estate, and beyond! Give me a call today, I’d love to hear from you.