There’s no about it – Oklahoma winters are cold. But just because winter is cold doesn’t mean you don’t have to lose your ability to enjoy your outdoor patio area! At GreenPro we often find that our clients don’t want to lose their outdoor patio areas for up to six months a year just because it’s cold. As a result, we’ve developed some tricks and tips to help homeowners who want to make their outdoor areas warm and inviting no matter the season. With some innovative heating techniques, your outdoor gathering spaces can still be cozy, inviting places to entertain and enjoy!
Fire up a Propane Patio Heater
When considering how best to heat your open outdoor areas like an uncovered porch, patio, or deck, select a traditional propane outdoor heater. The portable heaters often come with wheels, so you can move them around where needed, and most propane heating selections also have a natural gas option.
For smaller areas, you may want to consider a tabletop patio heater. Various stainless steel versions can fit on a side or end table and use propane or butane to give off heat.
Plug in an Electric Heater
Many homeowners who have a covered porch, screened-in room, or patio may also have electrical outlets near these areas as well. As a result, you may want to consider skipping the propane tank and going for an electric heating option instead. They’re stylish, affordable, and come in floor-lamp and tabletop model styles. Such heaters are frequently suitable for indoor and outdoor use; many have a significant reach and fit with any decor.
Hang a Wall-Mounted Patio Heater
Don’t have a huge area you need to heat? Looking to heat your terrace or balcony? A wall-mounted heater radiates warmth while taking up very little space – perfect for a garage, patio, workshop, or porch. (Some are used in commercial spaces, like auto repair shops and restaurant patios.) These heaters often employ directional infrared technology, meaning the heat is targeted exactly where you want it to go — toward people and objects.
Many of these heaters run on propane or natural gas and heats up to 120 or even 150 square feet of space. Some burners use three burners to evenly release warmth through a ceramic medium and even withstand winds up to 11 mph. No matter what the specs, these heaters can heat a small space in a hurry!
Heat Your Flooring
Higher-end Oklahoma homeowners may want to consider adding a heated outdoor patio to their property, which can help prevent the accumulation of snow and ice. Radiant floor heating mats or cables can be installed in concrete, mortar, and beneath stones and pavers.
Add in Upholstery
When all else fails, a good throw and some added outdoor upholstery can warm up your outdoor area and make it feel cozy. If you’re planning on spending time outside, offer guests a flannel, fleece, or cashmere throw to keep them comfortable. Top your benches and chairs with Sunbrella cushions. Add in throw pillows. Choose an outdoor area rug to further warm your space.
GreenPro is dedicated to the idea that all homeowners want their properties to feel comfortable and inviting. Our clients want their homes to feel alive with warmth, and we have lots of ways to help clients make it happen. Give us a call; let’s heat things!