It’s almost ironic that when the weather is at its best, and you’d prefer to be outdoors in your patio, the Launceston temperature gets hot and you find yourself retreating into the comfort of the inside air conditioning. Well, here’s good news. There is a way of enjoying your patio longer in the hot weather and it doesn’t have to cost the earth.
Patio temperatures get sticky in summer in Launceston
While we might not get temperatures that some of our mainland friends receive, Launceston can still get pretty hot in summer. So far in January we’ve had a few days over 30, with a maximum high of 32.4. In addition, most other day’s maximums have been over 25. Add in the sun and on occasions humidity, and it can get pretty sticky if you’re outside.
Cool patio solutions are available
As we mentioned in the intro, there are things you can do to keep your Launceston patio more comfortable in summer:
- The single most important thing you can do to make your patio more usable in summer, and in fact all year round, is to have shading. A roof is the most common option, but you can also choose an awning or shade sail. An umbrella can also do. Shade from vegetation will help too. It’s worth noting that when it comes to roofs, you can install options that are insulated, which helps in cold and hot weather.
- Outdoor blinds are definitely worth considering. They provide protection from the sun on the sides of your patio and also help prevent hot winds from entering. In combination with a roof or other weatherproof covering, outdoor blinds will keep rain out of your patio. All-in-all, outdoor blinds are a great option at any time of the year, plus you have the added bonus of being able to raise them when the weather is comfortable.
- For a really economical way of keeping your Launceston patio cooler, install a misting system. They work in much the same way as garden spray systems, except the water output is lighter. Misting systems can reduce the temperature inside your patio by around 10 degrees. Plus you can pick up systems for well under $100.
- Another low cost way to make your patio more comfortable is to use an electric fan. A pedestal fan is probably the easiest option, but really it can be any fan. For a slightly more elaborate solution, you can install one or more ceiling fans or mount wall fans and have them hard-wired by an electrician.
- A more expensive option, but not overly costly, is an outdoor evaporative cooler. These work in much the same way as ducted evaporative coolers inside homes, by drawing in hot air and passing it over wet cooling pads. This causes the water in the pads to evaporate and the resultant cool air is blown out. Instant relief on a hot day!
Note: These hot tips have been bought to you by Outside Concepts Tasmanian branch, which is based in Launceston. Branch manager Ray Heald and his team in Launceston can help with all your outdoor living construction needs, including carports, verandahs, pergolas, decks and patios.
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