Regardless of how much time, money and effort you’ve put into creating the perfect outdoor space in your backyard, wintery weather can really bring down the enjoyment factor. After all, who wants to sit around a cold yard when the lure of a nice, heated space beckons you into the house?
Fortunately, there are a number of outdoor heating options perfect for yards of every size and style, as well as a wide variety of price points that suit even the most modest of budgets.
Naturally, the type of outdoor heating options you consider are best determined by the features you want. Typically, the best options include gas, electric or fire; and each of them have their own pros and cons to keep in mind. So here’s the skinny.
Gas Up with Gas Heaters
Gas heaters are generally the most commonly chosen of all outdoor heating options. They’re budget-friendly and extremely heat-efficient, so they make a great addition to outdoor living spaces that you want kept warm and toasty. Gas heaters are also easily adjustable, controlled with the turn of a dial or the push of a few buttons to crank the heat level up or down. They also offer the advantage of having the capability for directly tying into your home’s existing natural gas lines, which means zero refueling.
Unfortunately, the ambiance of a gas heater is quite lacking and they do require a fair bit of maintenance. Also, if you’re looking for one of the more environmentally friendly outdoor heating options, gas probably isn’t going to the top of your list.
Electric heaters are the most ideal when it comes to simplicity of design, function, installation and maintenance. They’re basically plug-and-play, operable with the flip of a switch that turns them on. They also offer the highest degree of consistency, as they maintain a steady heat level regardless of the temperature around them. Best overall in terms of emissions and lack of hazardousness, electric heaters are a great option for any homeowner wishing for a heated outdoor space, plus they hit a lower price point than gas heater options. Style-wise, electric heaters offer a great deal of flexibility, as they come in a wide range of sizes and designs that complement any outdoor space. Unfortunately, they do have a higher cost for use and that reflects in the amount of your electric bill.
Of all outdoor heating options, fire pits are the only ones that offer the ambiance of a real, roaring fire. Unfortunately, the area of space they heat is much more limited, so keep that in mind as you decide which option is best for you. Fire pits are, of course, the simplest of all as they require zero maintenance once the pit is in place, but they do have the drawback of being the most dangerous in terms of how close is too close.
Whatever your vision and your budget, we at Executive Landscaping, Inc. have the perfect outdoor heating options to suit your needs, and we have years of experience in helping clients all over the Gulf Coast create an outdoor space worthy of calling a masterpiece.
Call the experts at Executive Landscaping, Inc. to learn more about which outdoor heating options best suit your needs today!