Monday, November 26, 2012

Benefits of Using Propane Patio Heater

Staying warm in the cold season and on cold nights is easy these days. Whatever chilly situation that you have problems, there will always be a solution near at hand. Each situation, location, and weather condition requires different approach. As for heating needs for your patio, there are many options like electric fireplace and heaters, infrared patio heaters, fire bowls, and propane patio heaters.

Which is the best choice from these types of patio heaters has been a question to many. Some say propane patio heater is the best. I can say, they all are great, it is just a matter of when, where, and how you need them.

Many people are satisfied with propane patio heaters and said it gives a lot of heat. Well, that is so true. Let us see the other factors that make them a good choice for having.

Highly Energy Efficient
We know that propane is a gas fuel used in many applications including cooking our favorite food recipe. It burns easily and efficiently providing the energy we need to operate machines and cook food. These characteristics made a propane patio heater useful. Even at lower fuel consumption, it can quickly heat a place and maintain the temperature. Thus, it keeps costs and energy consumption to a low level.

Heats Quickly
Unlike other options such as using electricity, propane burns quickly with intensity that heats an area faster. You do not have to wait longer for heat to build up or for a warmer air to flow. A propane patio heater today has a capacity to radiate enough heat to warm us quickly.

Modern propane patio heaters are portable which means there is no installation needed and no wires to keep. No need to hire professionals to install or to assemble it for you. You can just unpack the unit and follow simple instruction. Then enjoy the warmth easy.

There are table top versions in which you can enjoy the warmth anywhere you want with ease.

Like an electric fireplace, a propane patio heater now also has automatic functions. It features automatic shut off when tipped over. This is the most important feature you should be grateful about for security purpose. It lets you sit back and relax while enjoying the moment. But of course, these heaters are still designed to avoid tipping over easily.

Lastly, modern propane patio heaters have designs to make them more attractive and useful at the same time. Designs that make them as good as a patio decoration to add to your patio furniture.

Some Useful Tips:
  • Most propane patio heaters are designed to radiate heat at its 360 degrees surrounding. Place it at the center of your setup to use all its heating potential.
  • Avoid placing it close to drapes or beside your patio umbrella, awning, or shade sails. The heat may cause damage to synthetic fabrics and materials.
  • Before you buy one, check the heating capacity and the area size it can provide heat. It has a specific limitation.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tips on Preparing a Home for the Winter

Winter is not an easy season for most of us. We have to make certain preparations to make life easy and comfortable. Getting ready for this season does help us survive the harsh environment and would also be a wise move to getting ready for the next season change.

Our home is a sweet place during this season, and it can be sweeter when prepared by cleaning it up, decorate it, and warm it up. So here are helpful tips to get going.

Clean Up and Repair
Cleaning is a regular task, but sometimes there are little things we miss so we need to make a general clean up all around the house. Cleaning up in preparation for winter also includes removing and storing items that are not necessary for the season. Doing so allows you to check any damages so that they can be repaired early to avoid more problems.

Pay special attention to your roof and gutters. Unclog and remove debris so that melting snow and ice easily drains away. Make repairs even to just a little damage because water can easily find a way to enter causing problems.

Clean your chimneys and clear clogs so that it works smoothly and smoke flows up to the outside easily. Clear the immediate surrounding area of the fireplace to avoid fire hazard.

Do not forget to your patio or backyard items. Cover and store away your patio furniture items and sun shade sails to keep them safe so that they maintain a good shape for the next season. Wash and completely dry your patio umbrella before putting to storage to avoid molds. The outdoor chairs and outdoor cushions can be stored away but they can also be used to provide additional seats to your indoors.

As your home becomes a safe and sweet haven for the winter, it deserves a makeover to make it even sweeter. Incorporate warm textured items for room decoration, it adds to the warm ambiance.

Christmas, which happens just in time of winter, is another reason to add more embellishment to your home. Traditionally we add a Christmas Tree as an attraction. We put wreaths and lights everywhere to make a joyful environment.

Warm Up
After cleaning and securing your fireplace as mentioned above, make sure you have enough stock of wood for the entire cold season.

Alternatively, you can use the modern way of room warming. Either you can use an electric fireplace, or a gas fireplace. If you need something that you can use outside the house, then you can also use a portable patio heater.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Beautiful Backyard Privacy Tips

Privacy is our right. There are just things that we do that we do not want others see or know. In a backyard or patio, we usually want to relax privately sitting in a patio chair or lying down in a comfortable outdoor cushion.

Fences are our first line of privacy at home. But not all fences are made the same, some does not provide enough privacy, and some are too much that they make an area more like of a confined space.

However, there are solutions to these inconveniences and we can have a beautiful backyard.

Common short fences are about three to four feet. These heights are good enough for providing clear line of boundaries of your property and locking in children and pets. It makes you a good neighbor.

Fences as short as these may provide a little privacy and security. But if you want a more private space, you do not need to replace it with a taller one just for privacy. There are other ways to achieve it. You can do the gardening or buying privacy screens for a quicker solution.

Gardening plants such as shrubs and vines can help you get a natural and beautiful privacy.

Shrubs are shorter that trees and typically grow above six feet with multiple stems. Planting a layer of shrubs along fences makes a good cover for privacy. As a bonus, you have contributed for a greener earth and the shrubs also add freshness to the ambiance of your backyard.

Vines and climbing plants such as Climbing Roses also make a great addition to privacy. You can make trellises taller than the fences or as an extension to it. The plants grow on them and make a beautiful cover.

However, if you want a quick solution or planting is not even applicable to you, then you can buy privacy screens. You can find them in a patio umbrella and shade sails shops and the good thing is that you can get good designs for your backyard.

Typical tall fences are from six feet up to eight feet. These sizes are really best for privacy and security but staying in a place where all you can see are the corners of the fence is not even comfortable. It feels like you are in a confined space or imprisoned.

However, there are things we can do to alter the look and feel of an enclosed area.

Since the fence is what makes your space looked more of a confined space, you can change it by adding some decorations. In fact, fences can become a center of attraction in a backyard.

Again, climbing plants become useful in this task, however, hanging plants in a container has become more in practice these days.

Add some decorations to the fence that go well with the patio furniture items to add depth to the setup. Also, framed decorations are great items to hang in the fence because they will create an illusion of a window eliminating the feeling of a confined space.

Monday, November 5, 2012

How to Maximize an Electric Fireplace's Potential

A warm home is really the sweetest place we can have during winter and on cold nights. After the struggle in the chilly outdoors, nothing can be sweeter than to come to the comfort of a warm home.

However, a home is not naturally warm. We have to make it and the best companion for transforming our home into the most comfortable and warm-giving space is a fireplace.

Since the old times, we can enjoy the comfort of warmth by burning wood into the fireplace furnace. But modern living limits us from using this old trusted way. This is even prohibited in some residential areas or communities. But then again, just like the old saying, “if there’s a will, there’s a way.”

If you really need to warm your home and there are prohibitions or restrictions, there still are real solutions. You can choose to use gas heaters or electric fireplaces. These two offer warmth at differing rate with the gas heaters being the most powerful at giving heat, but the common option for indoors is the electric fireplaces because they are safer. Additionally, electric fireplaces have features that can mimic the look and feel of a real wood burning fireplace.

There are many ways that we can do to maximize the heating capacity of electric fireplaces though. Being the safest heating appliance for indoors, we have the flexibility to do anything to optimize its potential.

To maximize, it is not just done from the unit itself but also by how we prepare the room where it will be used. Check these additional tips.

Electric Fireplace Placement
Electric fireplaces and heaters are plug-and-play units. They are portable and mobile, can moved from one place to another, and all you need is an electric outlet. These features are very helpful in maximizing their potential. You just need to find the right spot where the heat can easily be distributed. It is recommended to place them facing to the direction where you usually stay to instantly enjoy the warmth.

Check the Unit’s Air Vents
Electric fireplaces are generally fan forced and disperse heat out through a ventilator or opening. The vents have screens or cover with little holes for safety purposes. Check and make sure these openings are not clogged or covered with dirt and dust.

Clear Blockage
Because electric fireplaces are generally fan forced, the heat generated is dispersed out to warm the room. Check to see if drapes or other furniture items block its front side. Make sure that the warm air freely flows out.

Room Leaks
Leaks can work in two ways, either warm air escapes, or cold air comes inside the room. Seal any leaks that you can find.

Room Insulation
Insulation is a general rule in building a safe room. Better double check and make sure that insulation is good enough against cold temperature penetration.

In addition to electric fireplaces, there are portable electric patio heaters. These little heater are great for outdoor heating but can also be used indoors.

Modern electric fireplaces have beautiful designs, from classical to modern. This is a big help in room decorating.

If you have more tips, we would be so glad if you share it by adding in the comments below.