Which Outdoor Heating Option is Right for Me?

As we move further into autumn, many of us will look longingly at our perfectly landscaped yards and wish for the winter to transform into early spring. Well, that lawn the family spent so much time on this past summer still can be used during the winter, even as the temperatures fall dramatically in some places. Homeowners do not have to give up the comfort of enjoying their or patio simply because of the changing weather.

While it would be great to magically change the atmospheric conditions to recreate the warmth of summer or the coolness of autumn, this is unlikely. However, homeowners do have a few options in outdoor heating that will not necessarily change the weather but can make your yard or patio more comfortable during the winter months. Outdoor heating options range from natural gas to electrical and gas heaters, so there is something available for everyone’s budget and taste.

Continue reading to learn about the various outdoor heating options available so you can make the right choice for your space.

Natural Gas Heaters

Of the many outside gas heater options, natural gas heaters are a cost-effective way to warm your space. The installation charges can be a little more expensive as they can require a plumber to complete the installation, but they do not require constant refilling. And, more importantly, they are safer for the environment. These heaters are available in free-standing and tabletop models and can areas of up to 3m in diameter, and like most heaters that are a point source, the farther away you are from the source the more the temperature drops.

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Fire Pits And Chimineas

The fire pit has become a trendy way to provide homeowners with an aesthetically pleasing way to heat outdoor space. Their popularity comes from the fact that they radiate heat in a circle with some including grills that can be used for cooking. These pits typically can burn natural gas, liquid propane gas, or wood logs and can also produce quite a bit of heat. Not only do they keep you warm and comfortable in the harsh winter weather, but depending on what size, color and shape your fire pit is, one is sure to make your patio flattering.

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The chiminea is also an earthenware stove that relies on wood as a source of heat. Like the fire pit, the chiminea can create a comfy, cozy space reminiscent of old-fashioned outdoor patios and yards. In either case, both heaters are popular alternatives to more modern heating options.

Patio Heaters

Patio heaters run on liquid propane gas or natural gas and can radiate heat from anywhere between 20-25 feet from the source. This is a little bit farther from the source than other choices, which makes it a popular choice. They come in a range of styles and options including stainless steel, cast aluminium, or painted steel and come in both freestanding and smaller tabletop models. As one of the least expensive options, patio heaters can run in the hundreds to just under a thousand dollars.

LPG Heaters

LPG heaters are simply bottled gas and work similarly to natural gas. One big difference is that they can be moved to different places around the exterior of the home. Another benefit over natural gas heaters is that homeowners can set them up themselves without the assistance of a plumber. The only caveat is that the maintenance is a little higher because the bottles have to be changed out quite frequently adding an additional expense to this option.

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Radiant Electrical Heaters

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Radiant electrical heaters can be mounted on the ceiling or wall of the outdoor space and work quite well as providing heat to the area. Because the heaters usually come in panels, heat is evenly distributed throughout the space. They are more energy efficient and do not require users needing to refill them with propane or natural gas.

Stay Warm Outside All Year Long

Any of these options can provide your backyard with adequate heating during the upcoming winter months. For many, the installation is easy, and even when there is an initial cost, it pays off in the long run. Whether choosing to go with more traditional heating methods or exploring lower maintenance and energy efficient options, spending time in your backyard in the next couple of months can be a comfortable, enjoyable experience.