Do you yearn to spend time with friends and family on your porch this winter? Too often it is assumed screened porches are not conducive for use in the winter months…not so! As the old saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention and homeowner’s need to enjoy their outdoor living space year-round, the development of a convertible porch or 3 season room along with a host of options for keeping the nip of winter at bay has been serendipitous.
Extending the use of your existing 3-season room or porch with the addition of heating devices, not only increases your enjoyment of the space, but also brings more value to your investment. The winter months in Montgomery and Howard counties are full of wonderful winter and holiday activities for you and your loved ones to enjoy. What better way to carry on the fun, or unwind after, than by gathering in your favorite space to share the events of the day. Imagine coming home from an afternoon of ice skating or an evening tour of the holiday lights to share hot cocoa and muffins or a dinner and hot toddies. With your incorporation of heating, your convertible porch or 3-season room can magically morph into your own cozy lodge. Listed below are some of the innovative warming options you might consider to keep your space warm:
- Radiant Heat Panels – These flush or recessed mounted ceiling panels provide non-drying, non-allergenic, sun like warmth via safe, infrared radiant energy that travels through the air with the speed of light warming objects in its path, including the floor. Heat is zone controlled so you stop paying for heat in unoccupied areas. Additional benefits of this “green” product include quiet operation, life of building longevity (meaning they never need maintenance), availability in various sizes, voltages and wattages and can be painted with latex-based paint to match any décor. They have no odor and since they do not circulate air like convective systems, there is no dust.
Modern Electric Tabletop and Floor “Lamps” – With the look of a lamp, these electric heaters have taken design and décor into greater consideration. A popular example is the Northgate Floor Lamp. They are designed to blend into the outdoor living space environment, yet still provide the same function of the traditional electric space heater. These are available in a wide selection of styles, varying in size and price range to make “cozy” affordable to all porch owners.
- Wall or ceiling-mounted electric heaters – In recent years smaller versions of this typically commercial space type heater, have been designed for residential use on patios. The use of infrared elements or halogen bulbs in this heating technology produces invisible rays of light that only heat objects and people, not the air. This makes such a heater a sound, economical choice because you pay only for heating the things you want to warm, rather than heating air that is quickly blown off the porch!
Gas tabletop heaters – These smaller gas patio heaters use camp stove-type fuel canisters and can prove useful for warming guests seated around a table. Safety reminder: when dealing with any type of fuel-powered heater it is vital to make sure the model you choose is approved for use in a covered area, such as a porch or screened porch, and the proper clearance is provided to ensure the unit is safely operable.
Fireplaces…not to be forgotten
While the aforementioned heating units are typically the options for existing outdoor living spaces, if you are adding or remodeling your Central Maryland outdoor living space, you have the benefit of integrating a wood burning or gas fireplace right into the design. Please do not misunderstand…adding a custom fire feature is, of course, possible for an existing porch, but it is more economical to include as part of your outdoor living design from the start due to the dynamics involved.
Fireplace – A fireplace provides ambiance and a focal point of rustic beauty for your outdoor room, all while keeping the space toasty warm and comfortable throughout the cold winter months. When used in conjunction with a ceiling fan(s), your porch will be warm enough to enjoy almost year-round.
Archadeck of Central Maryland & Montgomery has designed and constructed many outdoor living spaces to the rave reviews of our clients! We can provide more ideas on utilizing your screened porch or 3-season room year-round, or if you are ready to update your current outdoor living space, contact Archadeck of Central Maryland & Montgomery today at (301) 926 – 3001 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our expert team has many options available to suit your needs, budget and keep you loving outdoor living season after season!