On cool evenings, you'll feel a lot more inspired to spend time on your patio when it's a comfortable temperature. One good way to achieve this goal is to buy a patio heater, which can easily heat your entire patio and make it a fun space to hang out. When you begin to shop for a new patio heater, you'll notice that there are many different products on the market. While many patio heaters sit on the patio, others mount overhead — perhaps to a pergola that you have over the patio or maybe even to the exterior wall of your home. While setting up a hanging patio heater takes a bit of time, its design provides the following benefits.
More Open Space
A significant benefit of using a hanging patio heater is that it doesn't take up any space on your patio. If your patio is on the smaller side, the addition of a free-standing patio heater could potentially make the space feel a little cramped. Whether you're moving around to pass snacks to your guests or just walking across the patio, you don't want your heating device to be in the way. A hanging patio heater is ideal because it stays out of your way. This is something that is especially appealing when you have a lot of people hanging out on the patio.
No Burn Risk
Patio heaters get extremely hot, which is what you want when the air is cool. However, this heat can be a concern when you have children who spend time on the patio. While you should always educate your children about staying away from a free-standing patio heater, the reality is that kids sometimes aren't aware of their surroundings and may get too close. A big advantage of a hanging patio heater is that because it's out of reach, there's no risk of your child sustaining a burn by touching it.
No Theft Risk
If you live in an area in which thefts from residential yards are common, a hanging patio heater can be a better choice than a free-standing model. The portability of many free-standing heaters could make them a target of someone who might quickly enter your yard and leave with the device — similar to how some people steal barbecues, bicycles, and other items from residential yards. A hanging patio heater is less likely to fall victim to theft. Not only may it be largely hidden from view under a pergola, but the fact that it's securely mounted means that it's not easy for a thief to grab.
Check out local home and garden stores to learn more about patio heaters.