Is Outdoor Heating Worth It?
When temperatures drop it can be very tempting to remain a hermit and not leave the house while it’s cold outside. But why shouldn’t you enjoy your outdoor entertaining areas if you have the chance?
Outdoor heating is becoming more popular as we love to still cook a barbie or have some drinks around outside while we howl at the moon over winter. So long as it’s not storming, an outdoor area can be a great place to hang out in winter if it is warm enough to be there.
The issue with outdoor heating is that it also uses resources – either electricity, or gas, or both. Depending on your outdoor area that you are trying to heat, and the heat source itself, this may get expensive – but it doesn’t have to. This is a brief guide to figuring out the most affordable options for heating your outdoor area.
What is your outdoor area?
What type of area are you looking at heating? Is it a back veranda, a terrace, an enclosed space, or an open space? If you have an enclosed outdoor area, such as a rotunda or a back veranda with plastic blinds, then it is going to be a lot more easy to heat, as an enclosed space traps heat inside so it stays warmer for longer, even if it’s not as effective as the house itself for containing heat.
If you have a brick floor it may be colder than if you have a fake grass or rubber covering. This can also affect how much it costs to heat the area.
Could you add an enclosed area?
If you have an open area you might like to think about whether it would be possible to first enclose it, with outdoor blinds or the like, to help with your heating efforts. This makes an area much cheaper to heat as you don’t need to be pumping out as much heat as you would need to if you have an open space. Of course, this isn’t always possible, but it’s important to think about first.
You might also like to think about adding a more insulated ground covering to make the heat escape less quickly.
What heating options are you investigating?
There are multiple different heating options that you can use for heating an outdoor area. These include:
- Fire pits
- Fire drums
- Gas heaters
- Electric heaters
These heaters can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, the most popular of which for outdoor heating are the stand up large heaters, and overhead heaters, which you will have seen both types in places such as restaurants in pubs around the country.
If you choose a real wood fire then you have to think about the cost of purchasing chopped wood for your fire. These are also not great for the environment.
With gas and electric heaters, you will need to work out the costs of how much it will cost to run them at the approximate times you will be running them for.
Many of the gas heaters use gas canisters instead of connecting to your mains gas. Most heaters will let you know approximately how long a canister will last in terms of hours of the heater being run. You can pick up these gas canisters from your local service station generally, in a swap and go type purchasing arrangement.
Work out your budget
How much are you willing to spend on your outdoor heating? While the upfront cost of your heating option is obviously the biggest initial outlay, you also need to think about the ongoing costs of using it. While a cheaper heating option may be more attractive initially, if it is less economical to run, not as energy efficient, then you might find that the costs start to add up over the longer term.
How much can you afford to spend on outdoor heating on a monthly basis? Once you have worked this figure out, then you can start researching your heating options to find out which style and type of heater are going to work both for the area you are wanting to heat, as well as for your budget overall.
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