Like it or not, cooler weather is on its way for most of us. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to extend the time you get to spend outdoors by another few months? With a patio heater, you can! Whether it’s to take away the chill as you enjoy your morning coffee on the porch or to warm the area for your upcoming social gathering, a patio heater can provide the perfect amount of warmth to help you forget those dropping temps. That said, here are a few tips for making sure you choose the right patio heater for your space.

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Pick your location. While patio heaters are pretty versatile and portable, chances are you’ll be using yours in one particular area most of the time. Decide where you think you’ll get the most use out of a heater and focus on that.

Measure the area you’d like to heat. If you’re just thinking of warming a small area, like the space around your patio table, then a smaller unit – such as a table top heater - may be just the thing. If the space you’re looking to heat is much larger, however, you’ll need to go bigger. That’s why you need to know beforehand exactly what size area you’re looking at.

Choose your type. There are a number of different options when it comes to the types of patio heaters available. One of the most popular is propane, but there are also electric ones as well. Determine the size and amount of heat you’re looking for, as well as your desired location and this will help you narrow down your options in terms of the type of heater that would best suit your needs.

Select a style. You guessed it. Patio heaters come in a wide variety of styles and colors, from antique bronze to shiny silver to glass towers and more. If you’ve worked hard to design and decorate your outdoor space, chances are you’ll want to choose a patio heater that matches your taste. Take some time and review your options before you make a purchase so you’ll end up with a nice match with your other décor.

Look for safety features. If not properly thought out, patio heaters can become a dangerous hazard to your property and to your guests. Safety features, such as automatic shutoff when tipped, are important, especially if you plan to use the heater around a number of people and/or pets. In these cases, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Consider optional accessories. If you’re going to invest in a patio heater, you may want to also consider purchasing some additional accessories. Things like heat controllers and remotes can make managing the warmth of your outdoor space even easier and more efficient.

If you’re like most people, you’re not quite ready to let go of the warmer weather and embrace those cool temps that are inevitably coming our way. With a patio heater, you don’t have to! Extend the amount of time you can enjoy the outdoors and become the place to be for all fall and winter gatherings.

Still need help deciding which patio heater is right for you? Give our experts a call at 800-504-6478. We’ll help you choose the perfect product for your needs and budget. Stay warm, my friends!