06/30/2013 09:35 am ET Updated Aug 30, 2013

Chill Out: 10 Cool Ways to Beat the Heat Outdoors


Summer doesn't have to send you and your guests clinging to the comforts of air conditioning, especially if you're willing to make your backyard a little more inviting with the addition of some welcome shade, air movement or maybe a splash of water. By incorporating one or more of these cool features into your outdoor space, you'll find yourself spending more and more time enjoying your extra square footage outdoors.

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