How to Stay One Step Ahead of the Weather

Do you have a large, sunny backyard? A tiny little balcony space? Maybe a porch, patio, deck?

If you like using your outdoor space, or if you are ready to start using the area more, you have a few things you need to think about

Do you want to make your space into a social one? What are your visions for the area? Do you want a small intimate group of friends to gather around a fire? Do you want your small children to play outside? Do you want to do solo activities, like reading or yoga?

No matter what you want, you want to be intentional and choose the right technology and furniture now so that you are ready for what the weather will bring — investing intelligently in the present can save you a real headache in the future.

Choose the Right Technology

When it comes to technology that can optimize your outdoor space, there are two things to focus on: lighting and temperature control. Both are important, and both require meaningful forethought.

Lighting: A Case for Solar

You have plenty of great lighting choices for the whole year! We recommend looking into solar solutions — always a great way to save money in the long run.

You can get solar lanterns and or small solar lights that you can stick in the ground (which can be used to create a pathway!), or you can invest in a solar panel and use it to hook up the lighting that you want — perhaps you have an excellent all-weather lighting solution, and it needs to be hooked up to an electrical grid. Simple!

Temperature Control Options

Temperature control can be tricky, but it’s one of the most crucial parts of creating an inviting and usable outdoor space.

In the summer your best bets for staying cool are fans and the use of water, such as a sprinkler or a pool. In the colder months, you can always add an outdoor heat lamp or implement a fire pit. With the right home heating oil, you’ll be able to stay cozy for hours!

One awesome option for keeping cool in the summer and warm in the winter? A heating pump. They are only one option among many for heating and cooling — but a heating pump costs about as much as an AC unit and is twice as functional!

Choose the Right Furniture

We recommend keeping your outdoor furniture minimal, water-resistant, easy-to-clean, and highly functional.

Metal chairs might seem like a good idea — until you sit on them in the winter. Be smart and use materials that won’t chill you to the bone (or get too hot if near a fire).

More importantly, you might want to design a setup where you are walled off from cold winds in the winter so that whatever you are using to generate heat is trapped in and useful.

Are you looking for great furniture and outdoor equipment designed for your outdoor needs? no worries, we’ve found great design solutions.

Are You Ready for Summer?

When was the last time you had your AC unit checked? Most people forget to do it and miss out on an opportunity to save money. Even the slightest coolant leak could damage your home and bring your bill way up!

Need a check-up on your heating and cooling systems? We’ve got your back. Give us a call today!