Mother Nature can dish out some serious dilemmas when it comes to outdoor winter dining. Fortunately, your Arcadia louvered pergola has your staff and customers covered with 170-degrees of rotational adjustability, providing shelter from Denver’s wintry weather, while still allowing easy access to the warmth of the sun’s rays on those rare, warm winter days. Lightweight and heat-safe, its fully extruded aluminum construction is compatible with an array of winter comfort accessories perfect for keeping customers warm and cozy. Which patio heating solution is best for your brand, budget and build?
Raise the Mercury and Your Profits with these Efficient Patio Heating Options:
- Wall-Mounted Infrared Patio Heaters
Electrically powered infrared patio heaters emit heat in a manner similar to the sun’s rays when placed overhead. An excellent choice for patios with limited floor space, the ‘point and shoot’ functionality of these heaters makes them an ideal solution for airy patios that would suffer heat loss with other outdoor comfort solutions. Extremely efficient, they deliver great bang for your heating buck.
- Freestanding (Floor) Patio Heaters
Freestanding patio heaters are easy to setup, making them a popular choice for restaurant and bar patios. They typically run on propane (though some natural gas and electric models exist), and feature a fuel-storing base for holding fuel or a propane tank. A pole extends upward to widen the range of the heater, and heat is emitted from the top, where a reflector prevents heat loss by redirecting heat back down to your patio seating area. Covering a 5 to 10 foot radius, they are a good solution for yards and larger patios.
- Tabletop Heaters
Less expensive than large patio heaters, tabletop heaters are a winning solution when limited floor space is a problem. Tabletop heaters create an intimate setting, however their smaller size limits heating capacity. Most models operate via electricity, however some propane offerings exist.
- Portable Heaters
A bit more powerful than tabletop heaters and easier to transport than floor models, portable heaters can also provide a fast and flexible comfort solution, but require a bit of extra care when placing to prevent tripping hazards for servers and guests.
A far cry from their ‘hole in the ground’ predecessors, today’s gas fire pit options come in many attractive designs that are easy to maintain and operate, many with remote control options. Choose from traditional circular fare with log inserts, or more modern linear varieties with glass beds. Opting for models topped by a table surround, and pairing seating accordingly, offers opportunity to craft a unique outdoor dining experience.
For those with a larger budget, an outdoor fireplace can create a stunning focal point that draws guests in to its warmth, earning your business word-of-mouth praise and advertisement, as well as elevating the status of your establishment.
Heaters and fire pits outside of your current budget? Blankets offer a cost effective solution, keeping customers warm and comfortable and adding a personal touch to the outdoor dining experience.
Extend your seating space and your outdoor dining season. Draw in more business with a warm and inviting outdoor dining space. Learn more about winter weather management solutions for your patio with the help of Denver Pergola Systems today.