According to a recent study by the home renovations analysts at Fixr.com, experts continue to predict massive popularity for outdoor living spaces such as outdoor dining rooms, outdoor kitchens, and outdoor living rooms among renovations projects. Among those experts surveyed, 62% say that, “Creating outdoor spaces that are fit for year-round use is the top priority of homeowners.” While much of the country has to deal with the cooler Fall months and freezing days of Winter, here in South Florida, making an outdoor living space ready for year-round use is usually all about how to cool an outdoor space. There are several ideal patio cooling solutions for South Florida weather, so let’s explore some of those options.
Creating a steady flow of fresh air though your outdoor living space is the easiest way to fight the summer heat. Patios with ceiling fans are a simple solution to create air circulation. There are a ton of patio fan options on the market. They come in a myriad of styles from brushed chrome for an industrial look to tiki-inspired wood grain wraps. Whichever style of fan you choose, it is imperative to ensure that the unit has been rated for outdoor use. These outdoor fans will be properly sealed to combat daily humidity, and also carry a wet rating which inspectors will be looking for during the permitting process. When integrating the fans with your patio cover, keep in mind that the pergola height will need to incorporate some extra clearance for safety.
One of the best patio cooling solutions are outdoor sun screens. These can range from basic patio umbrellas or shade sails, to more permanent structures like a pergola. A modern pergola is the most popular option for residents throughout South Florida. A pergola not only blocks the sun, it also adds a stylish addition to any patio. Pergolas serve as a platform into which we can integrate additional patio cooling solutions that not only look good, but feel good. One popular option that SYZYGY Global customers select is to add motorized retractable sun shades to their pergola. These shades retract into the pergola frame at the touch of a button so they are discrete when not in use. The shades can be equipped with your material of choice; a dense material that completely blocks out the sun, or perhaps a sheer material that partially blocks the sun but still allows you to see through the shade when closed.
If increasing the airflow through your patio is not enough for your needs in the height of the South Florida summer, then it's time to step into some more sophisticated patio cooling solutions. Outdoor cooling appliances can include patio misting fans or evaporative coolers. The misting fan is similar to that which you would see in an amusement park and sprays a thin jet of water into a fan to create a cooling mist on the patio. These are very effective for cooling, but they can also leave your patio, and you, coated in moisture. Evaporative coolers are the exact opposite, they pull moisture from the humid air to create a similar effect as an air conditioner but without the freon that requires special disposal. Evaporative coolers are best suited to enclosed outdoor living rooms.
As mentioned above, a quality pergola is among the most dynamic patio cooling solutions available. The pergola structure offers a platform onto which you can affix patio fans or other cooling appliances, while its existing structure creates its own cooling effect that most patio covers simply cannot. When designing custom pergolas for luxurious South Florida neighborhoods like, Palm Beach pergola ideas  can range from fixed-roof structures attached to the home to standalone adjustable louvered roof pergolas on the pool deck. Fixed roof structures create full-time shade on the patio, which prevents patio pavers from heating up during the hottest parts of the day. The most dynamic option for a luxurious look and feel is an adjustable louvered roof pergola equipt with motorized louvers that adjust at the touch of a button, completely revolutionizing your outdoor experience, making it completely customizable, and tailored uniquely to you. The dual-walled louvers on our pergolas are able to close tightly to block both the sun and the rain, optimizing the way you use and view your outdoor space.
If you have been trying to figure out how to cool an outdoor space, then a modern dynamic pergola is among the most-advanced patio cooling solutions on the market. If you would like to explore how a modern pergola can transform your patio, we encourage you to reach out to our design team to see how we can customize a shade solution for your outdoor living space.