How Can I Cool An Outdoor Patio?

October 27, 2023
outdoor patio with ceiling fan

An outdoor patio is one of the best places to hang out in the spring and fall, but what about summertime? If you have a patio, you may need some help in deciding how best to enjoy it in the coming hot summer months. Here are some suggestions to help you keep cool outside.

Best Solutions to Cool Your Outdoor Patio


You’re probably shaking your head and saying “duh” to this most obvious suggestion. We all know that shade is cooler than sunshine, but what if you don’t have any trees in your backyard?  Patio umbrellas are available in all shapes and sizes to help keep you cool on your patio. They offer a modern and stylish look while effectively blocking sunlight.

Retractable Awnings

These adjustable shades can be extended or retracted as needed, allowing you to block direct sunlight and create shade on your patio when needed. With various sizes, designs, and materials available, these awnings provide flexibility while adding a touch of elegance to your outdoor space.

Outdoor Fans

Outdoor ceiling fans or freestanding fans are a practical addition to any patio. The create a cooling breeze, promote air circulation, and provide a refreshing environment. If you choose this option, make sure to get models that are specifically designed for outdoor use to ensure durability and resistance to weather elements. 

Misting Systems

Misting systems offer an effective way to cool down your patio through the power of evaporative cooling. These systems release a fine mist of water into the air, which rapidly evaporates and lowers the surrounding temperature. High pressure misting systems produce a fine mist, while low pressure misting fans combine airflow with mist for enhanced cooling.

Water Features

The installation of a water feature as part of your patio design not only adds a visually appealing element but also helps cool the air. Like the misting fans, fountains or pools contribute to the natural cooling process through water evaporation. The sound of flowing water also creates a soothing ambiance while the cooling effect refreshes the atmosphere, making your patio a tranquil oasis during hot summer days.

Outdoor Curtains or Shades

For privacy, shade, and style, consider installing outdoor shades or curtains on your patio. These versatile additions can be hung around the perimeter of the patio or in specific areas, providing shade and protection from the sun’s glare. You can find these in virtually any color or style to suit your taste and complement the décor of your home.


In recent years, pergolas have become very popular. These structures are not only functional, but they can also contribute to the style of the space as well. Because they have a sturdy frame, you can hang potted plants, colorful flowers, or strings of light for nighttime entertaining.  Some pergolas also come with screen walls to keep the bugs out!

Outdoor Bar

One great way to stay cool out on the patio is with a chilled beverage. Install an outdoor bar on your patio to make entertaining a breeze and to have a cool place to store drinks.


Lots and lots of plants placed around the patio can go a long way toward cooling it off. Plants take advantage of the same natural cooling system, evaporation.  Evaporation requires energy, and when that energy comes from the air, the air gets cooler.

Cool Roofing and Flooring

Choosing the right materials for your patio roofing and flooring can significantly impact its temperature. Go with roofing materials that reflect heat rather than absorbing it. Cool flooring options such as ceramic tiles or concrete remain cooler that darker materials, reducing heat absorption and improving comfort.

Ask the Experts

If you’re want to explore options for designing a patio that will remain comfortable all summer long, speck to the design experts at Mans Lumber & Home. We are a custom millwork shop offering premium moldings and lumber, as well as kitchen and bathroom design, and more. Since 1900, the Mans family has served the lumber and building material needs of the Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor communities. Over 100 years later, we continue to operate our company with a customer centered focus. Our employees undergo continuous training and education to ensure that our customers have access to the latest product information and building techniques. With locations in Trenton, Canton, Birmingham, and Ann Arbor, we concentrate on providing quality building materials and outstanding customer service.

If you would like more information about the products and services we offer, visit our website, give us a call at 734-237-7914, or drop by any of our four locations. We look forward to serving you!