Even though the crisp air of fall has descended upon much of the country, you can still enjoy your home’s outdoor living space, even into the winter months, with the help of stylish outdoor heating features. When selecting an outdoor heater, you’ll need to consider both the type of heat and the style.
There are many options to choose from:
Although they take a bit longer to go into full effect than other types of heaters, propane patio heaters can provide intense heat to a large area, making them ideal for spacious areas. Available in a variety of designs and price points, place propane heaters in the center or corner of patios, at least three feet away from flammable objects.
Natural gas patio heaters are similar to propane versions, but less expensive and environmentally friendly.
Since there’s no open flame involved, electric heaters are ideal for small and/or enclosed outdoor spaces. Using radiant heat, electric heaters warm the objects and people nearby as opposed to warming the air around them—so you’ll need to get close to stay warm. Electric heaters are the least expensive and most environmentally friendly option. All you need is an outlet, and you’re ready to go!
Gas Fire Pits.
A new and stylish option, gas fire pits emit heat from real flames that rise from a bed of glass rock when you simply flip a switch. Available with a variety of tile designs and rock colors, gas fire pits allow you to add a touch of personal design to your outdoor heating. Since these devices do emit real flames, they are not safe for use on covered patios.
Great for small, covered areas, many electric heaters come in tabletop versions, often in the guise of a standard lamp.
Available in electric, gas and propane varieties, standalone patio heaters are among the most common. Many come on wheels so that you can reposition them as needed.
If you’ve got a small outdoor space, like a balcony or a covered patio, a wall-mounted heater is a perfect option. Its low-profile design gives you plenty of room and blends well with modern spaces.
Before you head indoors to hunker down until the warm weather returns, rethink your outdoor living options by adding a little heat.