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How to Stay Warm on Your Patio This Winter

IMG_3556It’s hard to fully enjoy a patio or outdoor living space when the temperature drops. The uncomfortably chilly winter weather often forces homeowners back indoors. But there are several ways to stay warm on your patio, regardless of the season. Just check out some of the following solutions to keep warm outdoors.

Patio Heater

You might be surprised to learn that there portable heaters designed specifically for outdoor use. Known as “patio heaters,” they typically use either electricity or liquid propane to radiate heat. Electric-powered models are often preferred because of their ease of use and safety. Some of the smaller ones can be placed on tables, while larger ones are free-standing.


Of course, you can also stay warm by having your patio enclosed. Enclosing your patio with a transparent film, for instance, creates a greenhouse effect. The sun’s thermal heat becomes trapped inside your patio, keeping it nice and toasty. Granted, an enclosure alone isn’t enough to fend off bone-chilling winter temperatures, but when used in conjunction with other heating solutions, it can certainly help.

Fire Pit

We can’t talk about ways to stay warm on a patio without mentioning a fire pit. Fire pits produce around 50,000 to 100,000 BTUs of heat, which is pretty impressive to say the least. And furthermore, they only require wood as fuel, not liquid propane nor electricity. This make them an excellent choice for homeowners who are looking for a simple yet effective way to stay warm on their patio.

Of course, fire pits can be used for other purposes as well. You can grill steaks, smoke meat, roast marshmallows and more.

Heated Blankets

There’s always the option of wrapping a heated blanket around your body. Heated blankets typically contain wires through which electricity runs and heats. As the electricity flows through the wire, it heats the outer fabric.

Heated Floors

A relatively new trend in outdoor living is heated floors. Although somewhat pricey, especially when compared to the other heating solutions listed above, heated floors are a luxurious addition that allows homeowners to enjoy their patio late into the winter season. Much like a heated blanket, they contain hidden wires that warms the exterior material. Heated floors can even help with snow removal, as the warmth melts snow.

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