The end of summer does not necessarily have to mark the end of outdoor fun. You can still enjoy the fresh air and spend quality time with your friends and family outside. Here are some ideas to help you warm up your outdoor space and keep your guests comfortable even in cooler weather.

Install Heated Flooring to Warm Up Your Outdoor Space

Radiant heating is a silent, efficient, and dependable form of heat—one that has been growing in popularity in recent years. The type of flooring is important to determine if radiant heat is the right choice for you. Stone and tile are the best options because they are great conductors of heat. Radiant flooring is a costly investment but one that will be worth it, as you can enjoy a warm patio and boost property value.

Outdoor Fireplaces

Outdoor fireplaces warm up your living spaces and act as a focal point for a gathering. An outdoor fireplace can be built of stone or brick and will add a sense of coziness to the atmosphere. Some are even designed so they can be used for cooking.

Propane Heaters to Warm Up Your Outdoor Space

Propane-powered space heaters are available in a variety of styles. They have a good heat output and are an excellent choice to warm up your deck or patio. These heaters have refillable tanks that will provide heat for hours. Propane must be used in an open space, so these heaters are not good options if heating a covered porch or patio.

Add Warmth with Blankets

If you have patio furniture, add a few thick throw blankets and pillows to act as another layer of insulation. The space will be more comfortable and your guests will feel warmer. Include chair cushions and an outdoor rug in seating areas to help cut the chill when the temperatures are cooler.

Fire Pits or Fire Tables

A fire feature adds warmth and is aesthetically pleasing. If you’re handy, you could add a wood-burning fire pit to your yard. Build your own or purchase a metal fire bowl to contain the flames. Fire pits should be installed at least 10 feet away from any structures and cannot be used beneath trees or an awning.

The fire table is a more ornate and sophisticated version of a fire pit. Fire tables are powered by propane, which is typically more expensive compared to firewood. The flames are generated from a burner within the table. Fire tables burn cleaner than a wood-burning fire and are simple to light and extinguish.

Regardless of the heat source you choose, take care to keep your family and property safe. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and have a garden hose available in case the fire spreads.

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