Everyone enjoys getting together with friends and family. This is especially true these days. After often being forced to only spend time with friends and family online, get togethers are especially meaningful. The downside is, they often have to end. As the night moves on, things become too cold for a backyard gathering. People head home and patiently wait for the next BBQ or get together.
That being said, there might be an alternative. Rather than allowing the cold of night or fall to creep into your patio party, why not instead look at making your deck or patio much warmer. While this could be done with a firepit, there’s a lot of work and cleaning to do, as well as many local ordinances that often refuse them. This sets up perfectly for patio heaters. These heaters range in size and are often seen as good options. It begs the question, “could a patio heater make my backyard more inviting?”
Answer: A patio heater makes the cool evenings into prime party time.
Almost everyone has been to a BBQ before and after the food and fun in the backyard, people are huddling in jackets. No one really wants the fun to end. It’s not that late and the babysitter is paid up for another few hours. While sometimes moving the party inside is okay, it often kills the mood that’s been going on. This is the perfect way that patio heaters help. With the use of a good patio heater, your outdoor party can keep on going.
Patio heaters are rather varied. Small heaters are known as tabletop heaters and unsurprisingly are small enough to fit in the middle of a table or an end table. They are ideal for very small spaces. The next option is usually a wall mounted or hanging patio heaters. These are a bit larger and can heat a larger space. However, they are also stationary or mounted from the roof, allowing minimal flexibility if you want to heat a different area. There are also the floor standing heaters and pedestal heaters. These patio heaters tend to be the largest and most obtrusive, but they can make any space warmer. Each outdoor space that may want to make use of one of these heaters is different, so the needs will differ.
The other main variance when it comes to patio heaters is in how they are powered. Typically there are three options. The first is simple electricity. Patio heaters come with outlets and can connect to the home power grid to warm up an area. While these can often be moved around, there’s still a limit thanks to the power cord. The second option is natural gas. Typically, natural gas patio heaters are going to be installed by a pro that knows how to run the underground gas line that’s needed. This also leads to stationary patio heaters that aren’t going anywhere. On the plus side, they tend to be cheap to run, so they can be used a lot. The final option is through propane. Propane works fast and doesn’t need a gas line or cord. This makes them very flexible and the best option if you need to move your patio heater around a lot. On the down side, you’ll need to replace the tanks and the cost of propane is higher than that of natural gas. Also, use of one is dangerous in a covered outdoor area.
There’s lots of information about patio heaters online to help a person make their decision on what they should be buying. Some of the great resources out there include:
- The Home Depot - One of the biggest home improvement chains in the country, The Home Depot sells patio heaters. This article helps people determine what kind of patio heater is best for each individual.
- Economical - This website features a wide variety of information, particularly about insurance. This article talks about any risks of using patio heaters and how people can use them safely.
- New York Times - The New York Times has been reporting on news for decades and continues to be a trusted source of information. This article looks at the environmental impact of using patio heaters and firepits.