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5 Tips for Staying Warm on a Patio

Andrew Ogden

When the weather turns cold in Wilmington, DE, it's a good idea to brainstorm how you can stay warm. While winter often means more indoor time, you're not stuck inside until spring. With these tips, you'll know what you can do to warm up your patio space so you can use it almost anytime.

How Do I Keep My Patio Warm in the Winter?

You have two essential approaches you can take to keep your patio warm in the winter. The first is to block the cold temperatures. Many homeowners like to enclose a patio, porch or deck so that they can protect the space from cold wind, snow and ice. Enclosures come in a variety of styles, from windows and screens to shades that you can pull down and tie closed for weather protection. If enclosure isn't a practical option, you can add one or more options for outdoor heat. It's easy to choose one that works with your budget, and many products also improve your patio's style.

How Can I Keep My Patio Warm?

If you're getting ready for winter in Delaware, it's time to think about your patio heating options. There are tons of choices, and the right one depends on your patio and how you want to use it. These ideas can help you get started.

1. Fire Pits

Fire pits are one of the most popular options for outdoor heating. They are highly attractive, easy to set up and multipurpose. If you love to sit around a fire roasting marshmallows, the appeal is undeniable. You can choose from portable fire pits that are easy to get out and put away, or permanent fire pits that are ready to use whenever you are. Looking for the best way to incorporate a fire pit on your property? Check out our services.

2. Outdoor Fireplaces

An outdoor fireplace has all the perks of an indoor fireplace with the added benefit that it helps you enjoy your patio year-round. Outdoor fireplaces are such a hit that they made our list of outdoor living design trends for 2021. Fireplaces serve as a gathering place and a natural focal point for the patio. You can go rustic with a wood-burning fireplace, or hook it up to a propane or natural gas line for an easy start.

3. Hanging Heaters

If you don't have a lot of room on the ground, don't worry. There are plenty of hanging heaters that you can install to the walls or roof of a covered patio. These heaters usually run on electricity, so you'll probably need special wiring or an outlet at minimum. If your patio is already wired for a ceiling light or fan, that may be sufficient. Otherwise, the ability to add extra features like heating to your patio might be just the incentive you need to upgrade.

4. Large Propane Heaters

Propane heaters offer a ton of convenience and flexibility, plus the ability to heat larger spaces. You might see tabletop propane heaters or freestanding heaters on the patio of your favorite restaurant in the fall. Since they run off propane tanks, you can move them whenever you like. Buying one for your home makes outdoor entertaining much more comfortable in the colder seasons. Just remember that propane heaters produce exhaust, so you'll need to have a plan to ventilate them.

5. Electric Heater for Screened Porch

If you like the ability to customize the location and level of your heating system, an electric heater is a great option. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are meant for a permanent installation, while others are plug and go. A heated lawn chair is perfect for easy placement. Electric heaters are often the best choice for screened porches because you don't have to worry about ventilating them. However, you usually need to keep them dry.

How Can I Stay Warm Outside for Hours?

Once you choose a heating option, you just need to make sure that it will last as long as you need it. Use these tips to get the most out of your outdoor living spaces this year.

Keep a Steady Supply of Fuel

Whether you're planning to use a screened porch fire pit or a propane heater, it's important to keep a regular supply of fuel. If you hate having to replace propane tanks or chop firewood, consider hiring a professional to run a line to your natural gas or a larger propane tank. That way, you won't have to worry about running out in the middle of an event.

Avoid Fire Hazards

Any heat source can spark a fire, so you should take extra care. Keep at least three feet of clearance between the heat source and anything that might catch fire, and prevent young children or pets from getting too close. If you use heaters that run on batteries, like a heated blanket, be sure to turn them off when they are not in use. Place portable heaters on a hard surface that won't burn or melt, never directly on your landscaping. Wondering how to keep your landscaping looking great when spring arrives? Read these 5 reasons to prune trees in winter.

Ensure Ventilation

Heating systems that run on fuel need proper ventilation. A fireplace needs a vent upward to open air, and propane heaters need open air on multiple sides. If you're looking for screen porch heaters, electric might be the safest option.

At First Class Lawn Care, we think that you should have an outdoor space that you enjoy every day of the year. That's why we offer services that maximize your use while ensuring that every inch looks great. For a free quote, contact us today.


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