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How to Choose the Best Outdoor Heater

Seasons may change but you can still enjoy your outdoor space year-round. Today, we are going to show you how to select the best outdoor patio heater for your space. Deciding which type is best for you depends on a few factors.

How big is the area you need to heat? Do you plan to heat the entire space or just smaller areas inside the space? Figuring this out will tell you how many heaters you will need and help narrow down your selection.

Next, Are there any walls or a ceiling in the space? Is there a lot of wind? This is how you determine where to install your heater to get maximum warming.

Let’s break it down. So first let’s get a little science and talk about radiant heat. In the world of heaters this is called infrared heaters which warms more like the way the sun heats the earth. Rather than heat the air, the infrared waves heat the objects they come into contact with. This type of heat is great outdoors because it doesn’t rely on air movement to spread the warmth Now you need to know what fuel types are available to you. This is an important factor in choosing which heaters you are able to build in.

Natural gas is more permanent and will need to be professionally installed but usually costs the least to run. Electric is the best choice for enclosed spaces like sunrooms or garages. Propane is the most portable option but can get a little more costly refilling the tanks. Now let’s talk style. Patio heaters come in many shapes and sizes.

If you are looking for a heater you can unpack and use immediately then a freestanding or table top heater may be right for you. These mushroom heaters are portable and simple to use but only heat the immediate area around them- usually about 8-10 feet depending on things like wind or drafts so you may need to get a few to heat your space.

Some more options are wall, ceiling and ground mount heaters.These are permanent fixtures and heat larger areas. They are low maintenance and are less affected by thing like wind. Just know this means you may need to purchase additional mounts and switches and have a licensed professional install them. Now let’s touch on the average heating area.

All manufacturers will give you an estimate for what area the heater can warm. These are determined based on optimal circumstances.That means -on average- low humidity and little to no wind… so basically you need to take the weather in your area into consideration.

If constant wind is a factor where you are installing your heater then you may want to consider putting up a wind break. If you need to heat larger areas then you may need to use additional heaters closer together.There is a patio heater to suit every space. If you still have questions or need advice-give our specialists a call. Be sure to click subscribe and follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.


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