Topic: Outdoor Accessories

Date Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2013
Posted by: Judy Walker (Master Admin)

Outdoor Heating and Cooling Systems

Bad weather conditions may limit the amount of time you spend in your backyard. Of course, there is hardly anything you can do to control weather. However, the right outdoor heating and cooling systems will make your backyard more comfortable even on those days when the weather elements are in no mood to cooperate.

Great outdoor heating ideas

Outdoor heaters are available in many different forms and they will keep your yard warm even on a bitterly cold winter evening. While choosing an outdoor heating system, the first thing you have to consider is the size of the area you need to heat. Your budget is another important consideration.

Tabletop heater

A tabletop heater is ideal for warming up the area around your patio table. It will be able to heat the area by 10 - 25 degrees. Tabletop heaters are usually fueled with propane canisters. Tabletop heating units that look like decorative lamps are also available.

Patio heater

Patio heaters should be able to radiate heat up to twenty feet in all directions. Nearly all of them come equipped with a big propane tank. If you already have a gas line running into your patio, you can choose a patio heater that can run on natural gas.

Built-in fire pits

If you like to entertain guests in your yard, you should consider installing a built-in fire pit. They will provide warmth throughout the year. If a built-in fire pit is not suitable for your budget, consider getting a portable fire pit.

Great outdoor cooling systems

If you experience long and hot summers in your area, you will probably want to invest in an outdoor cooling system, which can really make a difference on a hot summer day.

Umbrellas and Awnings

These are inexpensive cooling systems. Umbrellas provide some cooling on a hot summer day. Note that a shaded patio tends to be about twenty degrees cooler than one standing in direct sunlight. Awnings also provide shade. They can be attached to the side of your home.


Misters (aka foggers) produce a thick cloud of fog or mist. And when this mist evaporates it will cool the air down. Any misting unit should have access to a water source.

Outdoor fans are another solution. They are available in a variety of sizes and shapes. A pleasant breeze will instantly cool you down. If the area where you decide to use the fan is away from an electrical outlet, you will have to get an extension cord suitable for the outdoor.

Your garden is a great place to spend some quality time with your family and friends. And with the right heating and cooling solutions you can maximize the time spent in your garden.

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