During winter, it can become frustrating not to be able to use your backyard garden, deck, patio, or other outdoor living spaces, especially when you’ve put so much effort into decorating them. But the cold climate should not be a reason to abandon your hang-out areas. Like indoors, you can provide heating for your outdoor living spaces. Here are ways to heat outdoor living spaces:
An outdoor fireplace will be the first on most people’s minds, but outdoor fire pits in Utah are way more affordable to build. And you have many types to choose from: built-in gas or wood fire pits and portable gas or wood fire pits.
A built-in gas fire pit should be your choice if you’re looking for a simple pit that can be customized according to the design of your landscaping. It’s reliable because you can access natural gas at any time of the year. It’s also convenient because you can flip a switch and set it on fire.
But if you want a more traditional built-in fire pit, go for the wood-burning kind. It’s less expensive, and you don’t need to hook it up to a gas line, so you have more options where to place your fire pit.
With portable fire pits, on the other hand, you can also choose between wood and gas options. They are relatively affordable to build and maintain. Also, you can put them anywhere.
Outdoor Heaters or Heating Lamps
You can often see outdoor heating lamps or heaters when the weather’s cold in alfresco dining restaurants. They are an ideal choice for heating large outdoor spaces, so they’re suitable for your home, too. They often come in mushroom-shaped lamps, but you can choose from a variety of designs: electricity, gas, or propane-powered.
Infrared heaters are another option for outdoor spaces. Just like heating lamps, they can be freestanding and can be placed anywhere. But there’s another type, the portable infrared heaters. You can attach them anywhere: beside lounge areas, underneath an outdoor umbrella, or on deck railings. Both freestanding and attachable infrared heaters run on electricity.
But if you’re heating a smaller outdoor space, you can opt for a tabletop outdoor heater. It can run on electricity, gas, or propane.
Finally, you have the option to build a fireplace. If you want to make a grand statement in your outdoor living space, this is the best outdoor heating style for you.
Considering their size, outdoor fireplaces are often the central feature in any outdoor living space. For this reason, fireplaces are more expensive and take longer to construct than the other outdoor heating spaces mentioned here. You can choose between two types: a built-in gas fireplace or a wood-burning fireplace.
Outdoor heating can make any outdoor living space cozy to hang out in, even during cold weather. But you can also add several features to make your space warmer.
Make sure that you have warm blankets ready and cover all seats with soft, comfy seat wraps. Install thick curtains to lessen the draft and create more intimate spaces. And finally, to feel warm on the inside, prepare hot food.