family having Mother's Day dinner on a backyard patio

Keep Your Patio Cool for Mother’s Day

Getting together with friends and family is one of the most popular activities for Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, with the pandemic continuing to threaten, getting together at a restaurant or any indoor activity seems unwise. A family gathering on the patio seems like the perfect solution.

Unfortunately, in mid-May, the temperatures can already be climbing across most of the country. You may need to take steps to make sure everyone enjoys the events of the day. Here are some tips to have a cool and enjoyable time on Mother’s Day.

Pick the Right Time of Day

The temperature on your patio is naturally going to fluctuate over the course of the day. If your patio tends to get direct sun early in the morning, schedule an event later in the day. If it’s cool in the morning, invite everyone over for brunch.

Provide Extra Shade

Direct sun can make everyone and everything hotter. If you have a problem with your patio overheating, try adding more shade. A simple beach or café umbrella can do the trick in many cases, but you can also consider adding an awning.

Don’t just bring out the shade when you head outside. Set it up beforehand to block the sun that strikes your patio before your company arrives.

Plant or Relocate Additional Plants

family celebrating Mother's Day on a patioMany mothers love gardening, and planting is one popular activity on Mother’s Day. If your mom does and wants to get in some planting before the get-together, gift them with some large plants suitable for planting alongside or in pots on the patio.

Plants use evaporative cooling to regulate their temperature, and that can benefit your patio by helping it keep cool.

Use a Fan

Fans, of course, are a longstanding approach to cooling off your patio. This can be a reasonable solution if your patio tends to get hotter than the surrounding air. Then the fan can draw in cool air.

Otherwise, the fan only works to help people sweat more effectively. It won’t help people feel much cooler, but it can be a reasonable approach if people don’t mind sweating.

Try an Outdoor Evaporative Cooler

On the other hand, an outdoor evaporative cooler can dramatically cool your patio without relying solely on a strong current of air. As the name implies, an evaporative cooler uses the process of evaporation to drop the temperature of the air it draws in, so it’s not just moving around hot air. This means you don’t need the cooler to be on its highest setting to enjoy cool air. Most importantly, your guests won’t spend all afternoon sweating under the hot sun.

An evaporative cooler uses the same natural cooling mechanism as plants, but it’s much more effective. Unlike misters, they don’t put out water. This means that everyone can stay cool and stay dry at the same time. And you don’t have to worry about chips and crackers getting moist and stale while you’re trying to keep cool.

Choose the Best Evaporative Cooler for Your Patio

If you want to have a more enjoyable time on your patio this Mother’s Day, consider an evaporative cooler. Portacool portable evaporative coolers might be the best evaporative cooler for your patio. We offer a wide range of sizes so that you can find the option for the dimensions of your patio. From small evaporative coolers to large units that can drive a lot of cool air, you have your choice of sizes and styles. And there’s no installation required. Just plug it in and either fill the reservoir or hook it up to a hose.

Please visit a local retailer or contact us directly to learn more about Portacool portable evaporative coolers.