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During the summer we spend hours huddled under the shade of our pergolas to avoid the hot sun, but should we just abandon these spaces as the weather starts to cool off? You don’t have to if you install overhead heaters that will extend the season. Shown here is a modern louvered pergola made of steel with two heaters attached to the center brace. This strategy provides heat in the main areas where people will be dining and relaxing.

Another example of mounted patio heaters, this pergola has two that run parallel with the seating arrangement. One heater provides warmth for the two chairs, while the other provides warmth for the loveseat. When positioning your own heaters think about where people will be most likely to take advantage of the warmth. Also think about where you can mount them inconspicuously so that they don’t stick out like a sore thumb.

If you’re really concerned about keeping the heat locked in, go with a pergola with a closed roof. Solid roof designs, such as this ramada, keep the heat form rising and escaping. With this approach, the heaters can be used at a lower setting and keep the entire space warm for longer. Make sure the heaters are mounted well above the average person’s height to avoid accidental head bumps. In this example, the bar is sunk down below grade and as you step down the stairs you pass comfortably under the heater.

If the only option is to mount your heaters along the edge of you patio cover, be sure to angle them inwards so the heat is directed towards where it will be needed most. Try two heaters facing each other so that the heat will be even and comfortable for everyone. You don’t want your friends and family huddled under a single heater because everywhere else is too cold. If your pergola is not brand new, it may need reinforcement before mounting heaters, to ensure that it can support their weight.

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