It’s always sad when summer ends. After all, the end of summer means weather starts to get cool and days at the beach quickly dwindle. Let’s not let Mother Nature get in our way of enjoying the what’s left of summer.
There are easy ways to make the most of the final weeks of summer. Whether it’s taking advantage of a nice day in your pool, lounging in a hot tub, reading a good book or even hosting a Sunday morning tailgate, there are dozens of ways to enjoy what’s left of summer.
Host A Pool Party
The weather may be getting cooler, but there is still time to take a dip in that luxurious pool you added years ago. In fact, in September of 2013, the average temperature in the U.S. was 67.3°F, 2.5°F above the 20th century average. That was the sixth warmest September on record and the warmest September since 2005.
I understand that 67°F may not be the best of pool weather, but given all the advantages a day at the pool brings, why not enjoy it? In fact, as you can see at the Benefits of A Swimming Pool, there’s much more to it then taking in the last warm days of the year. Swimming pools:
- Give you the chance to host get-togethers, tailgates or a family birthday
- Let you enjoy the outdoors before it gets really cold
- Give you an excuse to exercise (in the pool)
- Help encourage you to finish your summer book
- Have fun in comfortable weather
And if 67°F is a bit too cold, I highly recommend adding a pool heater. Believe it or not, there are numerous pool heaters on the market designed to match the size of your pool and the climate of your city. As you can imagine, both have a large effect on the overall price, but according to our pool heater cost estimator, the average price to install a pool heater is just under $2,400.
Bonus Tip: It’s important that you don’t select an oversized unit because you could waste energy and impact the pool chemistry if the water is too hot.
Relax in A Hot Tub
If you’re stressed with the daily struggles of life, a hot tub could be the answer. In fact, studies show that warm water allows your blood vessels to dilate, allowing more blood and oxygen to flow to your muscles. All this, in return, helps you relax. Furthermore, a National Sleep Foundation study found that a 15-minute soak in hot water can actually help you fall asleep faster. All in all, sounds like a good deal to me.
As we indicated in Hot Tub and Spa Benefits, 56% of hot tub/spa owners cite relaxation as the primary reason for purchasing a hot tub or spa. Nonetheless, such relaxation does not come without a price. In addition to electric increases, the average price to install or repair a hot tub can creep into the thousands.
Stay Cool with an Awning
Despite the cooler weather, some homeowners want that extra shade even if they are relaxing outside. Your best solution would be to install an awning.
Designed to provide shade, as well as protection from rain, awnings can be an attractive addition to any yard or patio. Because awnings are available in a number of materials, styles and colors, choosing a single option can feel overwhelming.
Metal awnings are very popular and according to our metal awnings material estimator, they cost between $5 and $11 per square foot. Fortunately, if placed on the right window, awnings can greatly reduce the need for air conditioning in the home. In fact, many awnings even retract, which is great for areas of the country with inconsistent weather.
Close Up Your Patio & Enjoy It All Year
Sadly, there are some areas of the country where a pool and outdoor patio is just not worth it. Living in Chicago, it’s hard to imagine more than two weeks without snow, rain or freezing temperatures. For all cities alike, a patio enclosure is your answer.
An easy way to make the most of your patio is to build an enclosure and cover up the patio entirely. Otherwise, you could also add screens to protect against heavy rain and wind. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages, one being the total cost. Patio enclosures are more expensive, coming in at $13,735.
It’s a big expense, but on the bright side, a patio enclosure is much cheaper than a home addition