Summer is the season most people look forward to all year — a time of visits to the beach, backyard barbecues, lazy afternoons and quality time with family and friends. The only downside is that there are times when it gets too hot, spoiling your enjoyment of the warmest time of the year.
If you've got a patio, it's a shame to not be using it. But when the sun's beating down and it's a high temperature outside, patios everywhere sit empty and unused. Add an awning to yours, however, and it can really help your summer survival. Here's how.
You can get some fresh air in comfort
When it's hot and stuffy inside, sitting out in the backyard to read a book, have a cold drink or just relax in the fresh air is normally the best way to make yourself feel better.
In the middle of summer, however, it's not always any better outdoors, and you might find yourself feeling just as hot. You also risk sunburn when the sun is shining down unless you take the time to cover yourself in sunblock first. An awning gives you a nice patch of shade so you can refresh yourself with some outdoor air and not risk getting burnt or not feeling any better.
It helps your home stay cool
Most patios are situated next to the home, so you can step outdoors without walking through the whole garden. A nice bonus to this is that, when you have a patio awning, it partially shades the house, too. It's amazing how much difference some shade makes to the internal temperature because, without the sun shining directly on the building, it makes it noticeably cooler inside. This helps you keep your temperatures low without relying solely on air conditioning.
Food and drinks are kept out of direct sunlight
Even if you have a cooler packed with ice, drinks can warm up pretty quickly on a hot day. And when it comes to food, the temperature can make it dangerous quite quickly. Keeping food and drinks under the awning helps they keep cool for longer by shading them, so your beverages will stay icy cold and your food is safe for longer until it's eaten or cooked.
Go ahead with your gatherings as planned
Having people over for a barbecue or outdoor party isn't always as much fun as it should be when it's particularly hot, and people excuse themselves and leave early. Instead of changing your plans, give people a place to shade themselves underneath your patio awning and keep your gatherings going into the evening, just as planned.