Scorching summers and colder winters have made HVAC systems a necessity for many homes. Just a few decades ago, people can expect mild weather all year round, save for the occasional hurricane or thunderstorm. However, heatwaves, floods, and blizzards have become a fact of life for many people today.
But a home’s HVAC system is more than just the furnace, boiler, and air conditioner. Devices such as patio heaters and interior window solar shades are equally essential components of a home’s heating and cooling system. Solar shades protect the indoors from the heat of the sun, while heaters keep outdoor spaces warm and toasty during the winter months.
If you want to get more use out of your deck or patio during the colder months of the year, here are three ways to heat outdoor spaces that won’t break the bank. Let’s begin.
1. Freestanding heater
Freestanding heaters are often seen at bars and restaurants. They are usually tall and provide a wide area of heat coverage for anyone standing or sitting in the area. Some freestanding heaters rely on propane or natural gas, while others use electricity.
Unit prices can vary greatly, depending on a long list of factors such as the maker, fuel type, size, and accompanying features. Most freestanding heaters should allow you to adjust the heat produced. And while you might need professional help for the assembly, day-to-day use should be a breeze.
2. Mounted heater
Freestanding heaters take up a lot of floor space, which is often an issue if space is limited. One way to keep a space warm without the resulting footprint is to use a mounted heater. Mounted heaters are either attached to the ceiling or mounted on the wall. However, they tend to cost more than other heater types.
A high-end mounted heater can produce a lot of heat, making them ideal for heating spacious patios and balconies. Mounted heaters use electricity, and some high-capacity models require a specialized outlet to supply the energy needed to heat a space. If you’re thinking of getting a mounted heater, you might want to hire an electrician for an inspection. Since mounted heaters use electricity, all you need to do is to flip a switch to use one.
3. Fire Pits
Nothing beats the warmth and comfort of a fire pit. They’re easy to use, affordable, and don’t require modifications to the home’s electrical system. However, homeowners need to exercise extra caution when using one. While all heaters carry some degree of risk, open fires can be dangerous if left alone.
Despite the risks, fire pits are a popular option for gardens and landscapes. Most importantly, fire pits are usually more affordable than other types of heaters, although premium fire pits can easily cost thousands of dollars. One can buy a simple pit for a small outdoor space for as low as a hundred dollars, but the costs can creep up once you add custom features and designs. You will also need a constant supply of firewood for a fire pit.
These are just some ways you can heat an outdoor space. Freestanding heaters are great for commercial spaces, while mounted heaters are a popular option for patios and balconies. If you want the warmth and comfort of natural fire, go for a fire pit.