Choosing the Appropriate Patio Heater

If you are starting to think about how nice it would be to own a patio heater it will be beneficial to read the following article to gain some knowledge about the different types of heaters.

Electric Patio Heaters

If you have an enclosed patio or porch and would like to be able to flip a switch and have some heat when you need it you will want to look at electric patio heaters. There are basically two categories of electric heaters, portable heaters and permanently mounted heaters, both work by using radiant heat to directly warm people and objects and not the air around them.

Portable heaters are great to have around for  Process Heating Systemwarming up any enclosed area from a porch to a garage. These heaters can be moved around easily and used wherever they are needed. The main difference between these heaters is their wattage which determines how much space the heater can effectively warm.

The permanently mounted heaters definitely take a little bit of planning and some professional assistance with mounting to make sure they are installed to code. These heaters are installed far out of reach of pets and animals, make no noise and really effectively heat up an area. There are streamlined models available that do not take away from any existing décor. These heaters come in different lengths and different wattage as well which determine how much area they can heat. These types of heaters allow you to customize your order to the measurements of your specific space.

Propane Patio Heaters

Another type of patio heater that is very popular is the propane patio heater. These are the heaters that you see on your favorite restaurant patios. They usually can come equipped with wheels which makes moving them around a patio very easy. They can heat up to around 175 square foot area; so, depending on your space you may want to purchase more than one. These heaters have become very stylish, so they can really accent any type of décor. The heat capacity of propane heaters is determined by their BTU output and the higher the BTU’s the more powerful the heater. Quality patio heaters range between 40,000 and 46,000 BTU’s of power. These heaters run off of the same gas tanks as many outdoor barbeques. There are also table top versions of propane patio heaters that are nice to have if you are just trying to heat a smaller space or want a unit that is easy to move around and store.

Natural Gas Patio Heaters

The third type of outdoor heater is the natural gas heater. These heaters are directly connected to natural gas lines and therefore, never have to be refilled with fuel. They are usually permanently mounted to decks or patios so you will want to make sure that you pick the right spot for your heater. The strength of these heaters are also determined by BTU’s which range from 40,000 to around 50,000. These heaters are a little more streamlined than most propane heaters because they do not have to house a tank. A nice feature to have with propane or gas heaters is a safety shut off feature which will automatically cut off the fuel if the heater is tilted or knocked over.