With the fall approaching, you might be wondering how you will be able to continue enjoying your outdoor space once the temperatures start to drop. Thanks to the variety of heating devices that are suitable for patios, chilly days and cold evenings will not prevent you from having barbecues or garden parties. From outdoor fireplaces to parasol heaters to portable, wall-mounted heaters, a wide range of heating options is available for any patio or deck and here are some of the options to consider.
If you are considering a patio heater then you should certainly consider installing an electric patio heater rather than one that runs on propane or natural gas. Electric Patio Heaters are an extremely viable alternative that reflect the growing trend away from gas and propane, in fact some cities and municipalities have actually banned their use and others are likely to take the environmental lead and follow suit, so you will also be keeping right up to date if you install an electric patio heater. The other advantages other than environmental are that you can permanently install electric heaters due to minimal maintenance requirements and the heat that they give out is based on the same natural rays that that we enjoy from the sun. The electric patio heaters use shortwave heating technology which is an excellent innovation in comparison to conventional heaters as it warms people and solid objects rather than just distributing heat in the air, meaning that you benefit from greater energy efficiency and you are also being far kinder to the environment with zero carbon emissions, so it is a winning combination compared to the old fashioned technology previously on offer.
If you want to make a statement or simply want to extend your living space out in to the garden then an outdoor fireplace can provide the solution on both counts. Having a fireplace built on your patio will extend the outdoor living season and provide a greater level of comfort than patio heaters. There are so many looks that you can achieve with a fireplace from a stunning contemporary look using stainless steel or a modern masonry surround with a steel burner, or a traditional approach using decorative brickwork and a hearth to really bring your living room out into the garden.
You have set up your patio and your guests are enjoying the warmth of your heater or fireplace so now it is time to get down to some serious smoking and grilling. Buying the right equipment can be a real challenge as there is an amazing array of options available, but if you ask yourself a few relevant questions, you should end up with the right choice to suit your needs and lifestyle. You should not choose a grill on price alone as the price tag will reflect the quality of the build, the range of grills and temperatures settings, (which will affect the quality of the cooking performance) and also the parts and labor warranty on offer. If you can find a compromise between all these factors, you should end up with a BBQ system that will enable you to enjoy trouble free cooking and great nights on the patio with friends and family.
Guest post contributed by Patrick Lapointe on behalf of SwallowAquatics.co.uk – specialists in fish tanks. Patrick has worked extensively in urban design. He is also trying his hand out as a freelance writer where he shares his design insights.