As we turn our back on what has been a brutal winter for many of us, being out on the patio seems appealing.
Unfortunately, that appeal can diminish quickly once the first blush of spring gives way to the fiery fury of summer. Then the patio might not seem like a nice place to be. This is a shame because you’ve taken time, effort, and money to make it attractive and comfortable. If only you could make it cooler during the hottest days of summer. Here are some of the ways you can cool off your patio this summer.
Shade is one of the simplest solutions for helping your patio stay cool. Without the sun beating down on you and everything around you, your patio will feel a lot cooler.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t protect you when the ambient heat rises. Once the temperature rises all around, your patio will be just as hot as everywhere else. And it doesn’t make any difference on those summer nights when the temperature never drops.
The Portacool® 510 Portable Evaporative Cooler is a compact unit that offers powerful cooling capacity. It cools up to 300 sq. ft., making it ideal for a patio that accommodates 2–4 people. Equipped with Kuul® Control MicroTech™ evaporative media, oscillating louvers, water fill door, low-water shutoff and sturdy casters, the Portacool™ 510 is designed to provide maximum cooling comfort. This unit features a manual fill door with no hose connection. No assembly required.Northern Tool + Equipment Academy Lowes NAPA Tools & Equipment ACE The Home Depot Sylvane
The Portacool Cyclone™ 120 is perfect for smaller settings, yet still delivers an impressive amount of air output. The Cyclone 120 provides mobile, energy-efficient, refreshing comfort to your outdoor or open spaces. Perfect for cooling spaces where traditional methods of cooling are inefficient - small patios, garages, hobby areas or single-stalls. We do NOT recommend this product being used inside homes or closed spaces where no ventilation is available.ACE The Home Depot Northern Tool + Equipment Lowes Academy Portacool Sylvane
Another way to keep your patio cool is to surround it with plants and water features. These all take advantage of the same natural cooling technology: evaporation. Evaporation requires energy, and when that energy comes from the air, the air gets cooler.
Plants use this method to cool themselves off, and if you surround yourself with them, you can enjoy the cooling effect, too. A water feature like a pool or fountain can also provide cooling benefits in the same way
Fans can help people stay cool. Although fans don’t reduce the temperature at all, they can help you feel cooler. When the temperature is in the upper 80s to low 90s, a fan can increase your ability to shed heat into the air. It makes sure you constantly have cool air on your body.
Once the temperature reaches the upper 90s, fans can only help you sweat more effectively. If you don’t mind sweating, this might be enough. You won’t feel comfortable, but you won’t have to worry about overheating if you’re just relaxing.
The Portacool Cyclone™ 130 is ideal for smaller spaces that require a little more air output than the smaller model. The Cyclone 130 is equipped with Kuul Comfort™ evaporative media, the highest-quality evaporative media on the market made in the USA exclusively for Portacool coolers to provide maximum cooling comfort. Perfect for cooling spaces where traditional methods of cooling are inefficient - patios, garages, hobby areas or single-stalls. We do NOT recommend this product being used inside homes or closed spaces where no ventilation is available.ACE The Home Depot Northern Tool + Equipment Lowes Academy Portacool Sylvane
Cool down your patio, garage or favorite outdoor space with the unique Portacool Cyclone™ 140. Standing nearly five feet tall, this energy-efficient evaporative cooler elevates its airflow to provide maximum cooling comfort wherever you need it most. Additionally, the Cyclone 140 is equipped with Kuul Comfort™ evaporative media, the highest-quality evaporative media on the market made in the USA exclusively for Portacool coolers to provide maximum cooling comfort. Perfect for cooling spaces where traditional methods of cooling are inefficient - large patios, garages, barns or hobby areas. We do NOT recommend this product being used inside homes or closed spaces where no ventilation is available.Northern Tool + Equipment The Home Depot Tractor Supply Company ACE Lowes Academy Portacool
Air conditioning works great to cool your house, so it seems like it might be a good strategy for your patio, too. Outdoor air conditioning can work, but it’s got two significant strikes against it.
First, air conditioning in your house or car relies on the ability to cool the air over multiple passes. It takes the air in, cools it slightly, then takes it in and cools it again. Outdoors, it can’t do this because the cooled air disperses. Second, air conditioners use a lot of energy that turns into waste heat. When you’re cooling your car or house, that waste heat is put outside. But if you’re already outside, you’re effectively heating and cooling the air at the same time. This is both expensive and ineffective.
Patio evaporative coolers make the most sense. They combine several technologies to achieve effective cooling.
First, at the heart of every evaporative cooler is a fan. Even a relatively small evaporative cooler can move a lot of air. Second, an evaporative cooler uses evaporation – the same natural cooling technology that your body and plants use. It has a water-saturated evaporation medium – similar to a specially designed sponge – and when the fan blows air over it, the water evaporates, cooling the air. The effect can be dramatic: the temperature can drop by 30 degrees Fahrenheit in hot, dry conditions, and about half that in hot, humid conditions. Evaporative coolers achieve this level of cooling with a single pass, so they work even if you can’t concentrate or keep the cool air.
Plus, since the cooling energy comes from the air itself, evaporative coolers are very energy efficient. They don’t use much more energy than a fan, even though they provide cooling as well as moving air.
At Portacool, our portable evaporative coolers are ready to use on your patio – there’s no need for installation. Because they’re portable, you can take them with you to any outdoor event. With our highly durable construction, including best-in-class warranties, you might enjoy the coolness at your child’s soccer games now and at their outdoor wedding in a decade or more.
Now with our new Portacool 510, there are even more options for cooling your patio. The 510 is a powerful, compact evaporative cooler perfect for keeping your patio comfortable.