Keeping your home's interior cool during the summer can be a challenge, depending on where in the country you live. There are several additions you can add to your home and yard to make your home more comfortable and your outdoor space more enjoyable at the same time. Here are some ways you can help keep your home interior cool through several ways of making changes to its exterior and your backyard.
Install a Patio Cover
A backyard patio and covering is a way to add structural beauty to the exterior of your home while providing protection to the patio from the sun's radiation and wet weather. A cool spot to sit in the shade of your yard can help you use the space more often with cookouts, pool parties, and other get-togethers. Adding a professionally-installed patio cover made of lattice or a solid piece and supported with columns or decorative posts will create a comfortable backyard space you can enjoy more.
A patio cover installed on the back southern-facing side of your home, spanning the home's windows and patio door on that side, can also help keep your home interior cool. The patio cover will block out some of the sun's radiation that would normally shine onto those windows and patio door, heating up your home's interior. This patio cover can protect your home interior from the summer sun, which sits higher in the sky. During the winter when you may want to warm your home from the sun's rays entering your home's windows, you can, as the sun will sit lower in the sky during this time of year.
Plant Trees Appropriately
Planting trees around your backyard area can help keep your yard and home cooler, from the shade they create, but it can also make your backyard space more beautiful and enjoyable. Trees growing in your yard put moisture into the air, which cools the air. Then, their shade onto your home, patio, and roof blocks the sun's radiation from heating up the structures.
Plant trees a safe distance from your home, so their roots don't grow into your home foundation and cause damage. Consider the size the tree will grow to and plant it away from your home. For example, larger trees that grow 70 feet or more should be planted at least 20 feet from your home. Medium-sized trees that grow up to smaller trees that grow up to 70 feet tall should be planted 15 feet away and trees growing up to 30 feet tall should be planted 8 to 10 feet away.
For more information, contact a company like Rollins Construction.