Posted by Peggy Farber on 7/10/2019

No doubt, your gazebo is a great place to get out of the sun. Staying under a pergola shields you from the sun but does not stop the heat associated with the summer. Fortunately, you can use your gazebo in such a way that it will not only serve as cover, but it will stay cool during summer. Here are some steps you can take to make your pergola stay cool: 

Outdoor fans 

Not every fan is ideal for use outdoors; choose fans that come with all-weather plastic blades and corrosion-resistant materials. Also, make sure the wire casings of such fans are sealed and water-resistant. So, when looking for the right fan for your gazebo, you should consider wet-rated outdoor fans that can withstand conditions like snow, wind, and rain. You might think of other option if your gazebo is completely enclosed.

You can also install an outdoor ceiling fan in your gazebo. They are useful for cooling. There are various models of ceiling fans designed for gazebos and also have different powering options. Another possibility is a portable fan that you can use outdoors. Most of these fans require electricity; a few run on solar power and batteries. 


Misters spray water particle that absorbs heat into the atmosphere. The particle absorbs heat and turns into vapor cooling the surrounding by a process known as ‘cooling by evaporation. ' You can reduce ambient temperature by about 30 degrees with this method. Some of the portable fans mentioned earlier can feature a mister, or you may decide to install it in addition to a fan. 

Swamp coolers

They are also known as evaporative coolers. Swamp coolers employ the power of evaporation to produce air that is cool and moist. They cool the surrounding air by pushing warm air through a pad soaked in water. This device uses little electricity. Some swamp coolers run on the same amount of power you will use to light up a 60-watt bulb. 

A portable swamp cooler is an excellent option for your gazebo. The devices come in different models, most runs on electricity and there are solar models, too. It is worth noting that some portable coolers come with wheels while others come without wheels. 

Apart from that, they come in different capacities depending on the size of the water tank as well as the cubic feet per minute of air the cooler can move.

If you are looking for ways to make your patio cooler this summer, these ideas will make your gazebo awesome for summer hangouts.

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Posted by Peggy Farber on 5/13/2015

Sunscreen is essential but buying sunscreen can be very confusing. From water resistant sunscreens to SPF to broad spectrum protection, it is hard to know what you need to keep your skin safe this summer. Sunscreens protect you from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching your skin. There are two types of ultraviolet radiation, UVA and UVB. They both damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. The difference between UVA and UVB Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is part of the electromagnetic (light) spectrum that reaches the earth from the sun. Ultraviolet A (UVA) is the longer wave UV ray that causes lasting skin damage, skin aging, and can cause skin cancer. Ultraviolet B (UVB) is the shorter wave UV ray that causes sunburns, skin damage, and can cause skin cancer. The definition of SPF SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The SPF number on sunscreen is a measure of a sunscreen's ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin. The number of the SPF is how long it will take the sun to redden the skin. For example, SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer than no sunscreen at all– about five hours. What is broad spectrum? Sunscreens that have broad-spectrum protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Beginning in December 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will implement new rules for "broad-spectrum" products. New sunscreen rules Here are some of the new rules The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued for labels on sunscreen. • Sunscreens may be labeled “broad- spectrum” if they provide protection against both UVA and UVB radiation according to FDA-sanctioned test methods. • Only broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher may state that they protect against skin cancer if used as directed with other sun protection measures. • Broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPFs of 2-14 must display a warning that the product has not been shown to help prevent skin cancer or early skin aging. • The terms “sunblock,” “sweatproof” and “waterproof” are no longer allowed on sunscreen labels. • Sunscreens may claim to be “water-resistant,” but must specify whether they protect the skin for 40 or 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, based on standard testing. Sunscreens that are not water-resistant must instruct consumers to use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. • A company cannot claim that its sunscreen products provide sun protection for more than two hours without submitting test results to prove this.      

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