Summer is here and apartment shopping season has begun. While the kids are out of school, many families jump at the chance to relocate without the inconvenience of having to deal with school transfers. Executives from across the country and abroad are arriving in new cities for temporary and permanent work assignments. College students, fresh from graduation, are moving to cities that offer the best career opportunities for new grads. All of these individuals are searching for an apartment, which is not always the easiest task. In fact, it can be quite overwhelming! Read the rest of this entry »
‘summer apartments’ Tag
Summer is officially in full swing, and whether you’re planning on getting together with a small group of friends or staying home, the urge to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather is upon all of us. But we can probably all agree that nothing ruins the fun of the great outdoors faster than sweating through your clothes in under 10 minutes or the sting of a mosquito bite – signaling that your insect repellant has failed. Before putting a few burgers on the grill, or planning a brunch at home, check out a few patio ideas that will keep you and your guests cool and pest-free.
You’ve already completed step one: securing an apartment and the all-important step two: decorating the space. Now we move on to step three: enjoying your new home! Apartment dwelling doesn’t always lead to following a set routine. You never know when the perfect apartment pool-side party will end with popsicles on your patio at sunset, or if one morning you’d like to read with your cereal outside. Let’s dive into the small – and cheap – changes you can immediately make on your patio.
Add Some Greenery
Plants and water features minimize the amount of concrete or wood that gets heated by the sun because they absorb and trap heat. It may be helpful to keep up with an herb garden or have a few potted succulents and ferns on your patio. You’ll also reap the benefits of having fresh basil or even tomatoes for summer salads! Water features, such as fountains, are also a cooling feature for apartments because when water is evaporated, it absorbs a large amount of heat. Placing an umbrella over patio furniture can also offer shade and a more relaxed apartment living atmosphere.
Bring Out the Fan
To keep cool in humid climates, portable box fans under the umbrellas are a great addition to keep the heat and flies away.
On the topic of flies and pests, we know how annoying they can be for any apartment living situation, especially in the summer! One way to keep mosquitos away from patios is through using mosquito repellent candles, tiki torches, and sprays.
Create Your Own Insect Repellant
Apply lavender essential oil to your skin for a more DIY approach. Another inexpensive trick to repel flies is by hanging a plastic bag full of water with a single penny or a piece of tin foil inside above your patio. This is an old (and highly debated) trick to refract light and to alter the vision of flies. Because they have thousands of eyes, it is said that the way the light is reflected and affects their vision keeps them away.
On the quest to find an apartment with the perfect patio? If enjoying the outdoors at home is crucial to your apartment selection, it may be a good idea to consider where the patio is located. Depending on how an apartment patio is faced in relation to the sun, you can expect to experience a different outdoor ambiance.
If you would like to enjoy a cool and shady patio in the summer evenings, you may want to find an apartment that faces North or East (in the Northern Hemisphere). With this option, you can experience the most natural light during the early part of the day. You will also miss the glare and the heat of the sun in the late afternoons and evening. This is also a good option if you like to keep a small herb garden on your patio. Plants receive a good amount of light earlier, while escaping the scorching heat late in the afternoon.
Apartments with patios that face South or West receive the most shade in the mornings. This an ideal situation if you are an early riser who likes to read or spend breakfast time outside, as it is cooler in the mornings during summer. As the day progresses, the sun will gradually fall over the patio and remain present until it sets in the evening. This is perfect if you enjoy watching the sunset in the evenings or if you like to sunbathe in the summer afternoons.
It is not a deal breaker if you do not find an apartment patio that is cardinally faced in a direction that is compatible with your lifestyle. With proper solar shading and cooling features for the morning or afternoons where the sun is most abrasive, your apartment patio can be enjoyed any time of the day during the summer.
Next week on the apartment living blog we will discuss in detail about the solar shading and cooling features that can be implemented on an apartment patio to make it more comfortable during the hot summer months.