Your gazebo is an excellent place to get out of the sun, which is not to say you won’t feel the summer heat while you’re sitting under the pergola. As we all know, shade is one thing, cool and comfortable is another. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to cool your gazebo and gain respite from the heat.
Not every fan will do for your gazebo. Outdoor fans are made with all-weather plastic blades and special materials that stop corrosion and rust. Their motor casings are sealed and waterproof. Wet-rated outdoor fans will withstand the worst Mother Nature can throw at them—rain, wind, and/or snow. Humidity-proof damp-rated outdoor fans, on the other hand, are made for enclosed spaces. So, unless your gazebo is completely enclosed, you’ll probably want to opt for Wet Rated.
Regardless of whether your gazebo has its own electricity or not, you can install an outdoor ceiling fan. Ceiling fans are really effective for cooling things off, and models designed for gazebos come in all kinds of styles, both electric and solar powered.
Portable fans designed for use outdoors are another option. Although most require electricity, there are a few smaller battery operated and solar models.
Misters spray super-fine water particles into the air, and those particles absorb heat as they turn to vapor. This “evaporative cooling” can drop area temps by as much as 30 degrees! Some of the portable fans mentioned above come with a misting feature, but you can install a mister in addition to, or apart from, a fan.
Misting systems are usually installed around the rim of your gazebo, and most systems of the size you’d need run on regular water pressure and can simply be hooked up to your garden hose. With a bit of skill, you can even hook up one yourself, using a kit purchased from a local retailer.
Swamp coolers, also known as evaporative coolers, use the power of evaporation, by pushing warm air through a water-soaked pad, producing cool, moist air. They use very little electricity, some operating on the same current you would use for a light bulb.
Because duct work would otherwise be required, a portable swamp cooler may be the best choice for your gazebo. Most use electricity, but solar models are available. Portable coolers come with and without wheels in a wide range of cooling capacities (which depend on the size of the water tank and the cubic feet per minute (CFM) the cooler can move), so you’ll no doubt be able to find one to fit your pergola. Of course, you’ll want to make sure the cooler you choose is rated for outdoor use.