Heating and Cooling options to consider

During the winter months, it can be hard to spend time outdoors comfortably. Similar to the intense heat that the summer months bring, the winter months come along with freezing afternoons and nights. Many people enjoy entertaining outdoors during the holidays and sometimes that is not an option due to the weather. There are several ways to make your patio or backyard an enjoyable place to spend time in the winter months.

First, you will need to consider the climate of the region you live. In some places, it is not necessary to invest a lot of money into keeping your patio warm. Another factor to consider is cost. If you live in a warm climate, it is probably not the best idea to invest in an expensive outdoor heating system. In this article, we will discuss a few outdoor heating options to consider for your home. First, I will discuss a standard floor standing heater that is good for most climates and has great reviews. The Garden Treasures 48,000 BTU Stainless Steel Floorstanding Liquid Propane Patio Heater on the Lowes website costs about $140. The 48,000 BTU propane burner heats up to a 200 square foot outdoor area. You will also need to purchase a propane tank. The propane tank house on this product also comes with a drink holder. The stainless steel is heat treated for durability and strength. Out of 5 stars, this product received a rating of 4.5 stars. The sleek design of this stainless steel outdoor heater will add a modern look to your outdoor patio.

This product also has Piezoelectric ignition for quick and easy starting. The heat will begin to radiate in about three seconds after ignition. This product requires simple requirement. The only tool needed is a screwdriver. Customers say that the easy assembly is the best part. The reviews also say that this product gets very hot near the top and will burn the top of your head if you stand directly under it. Many reviews complained about the plastic wrapping on the product. Most people said that it took hours to get off.  Most reviews said that the heater was assembled in under an hour. One review said that this is great for living near the beach as it did not rust like the other brands they had tried. A couple of reviews stated that there were broken pieces in the box when they opened it. For the most part, this is a great product and keeps the outdoor area warm in the winter months.

Luckily, Lowes offers an assembly and extended warranty plan so you will not have to deal with the pesky plastic. They even offer to haul off your old heater and delivery the new one, assembled and ready to go, to your home at your convenience! Recently, I came across a very creative way to heat your backyard or existing patio on the Lowes website. A Fire Pit Project Kit can be a great way to get the family together to build something that you will use frequently. The highest rated and most inexpensive fire pit kit I found is the Veranda Concrete Fire Pit Kit. It costs around $220 and has a 4.7 star rating out of 5 stars. Based on the reviews, this is a great addition to any backyard. You can make it as simple as you like by assembling the fire pit as is. You can also make this into a huge project by adding extra layers of pavers, lava rock, and creating a fire pit area with chairs and tiki torches for entertaining. Most of the reviews said it was incredibly easy to install, and that the quality is much better than a standard metal fire pit. You can also choose from several different types of stones and colors. It is also a wood burning fire pit, therefore, you will have to purchase your own wood and fire starters. In many reviews opinions, this is be best heating idea for your home or back area on the market. One tip I will share is that the pallets of stone are very heavy and you will need a truck to move it. If you are looking for something a little more modern and not as rustic as a stone fire pit, this is the product for you.

The Bond Canyon Ridge 50,000 BTU Brown Composite Liquid Propane Fire Table. This beautiful black granite top fire table is a great conversation piece for any patio. It received a 4.2 star rating out of 5 stars. Many people refer to it as a “piece of art”. This product costs around $430. Many reviewers mentioned the fact that they have family members with asthma, therefore, the wood burning fire pits were out of the question. The glass rocks look awesome and retain the heat of the propane fire just as long as lava rock will. Another pro of the propane fire pits is that it eliminates the smoke produced by standard wood burning fire pits. There were a few reviews that discredited the quality of the supplies used to build this fire table. Some people claim that the product was falling apart as early as 3 months after purchase. Most people seem to be very happy with the purchase of the Bond Canyon Ridge 50,000 BTU Brown Composite Liquid Propane Fire Table. All of these options are actually great for most climates. Depending on how much you want to spend, what type of entertaining you will be doing, and the space you have, these products are good for a variety of reasons. The best thing you can do is make sure that you have plenty of people to help lift and assemble your products. It can be difficult to do this alone. I would recommend hiring a team of professionals from the place where the product is purchased. It is great to be able to enjoy the outdoors during the summer months, but it is also important to be safe while handling heavy equipment. 

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