Patio heaters offer a broad range of benefits, both to individual home owners as well as commercial businesses, such as restaurants. Recently, we shared some of these benefits, as well as some tips for choosing the right unit for your needs. If you’re still in the process of considering a purchase of a new patio heater for your home or business, here are some additional FAQs to help you make a more informed decision.
What types of spaces are patio heaters best for?
Any outdoor area that has enough room and ventilation is a great place to put a patio heater. For individuals, patio heaters are great for the porch, backyard or anywhere else you’ll be spending time outdoors as the temperatures begin to drop. For businesses like restaurants, heaters can extend the time you can offer outdoor dining, which is always good for the bottom line.
How much heat do patio heaters actually give off?
The total amount of heat produced depends on the actual heater you choose, though they’re all pretty powerful. Even a small table top heater can give off up to 41,000 BTUs. That’s almost enough to heat an entire house (just remember - they’re not for use indoors).
How hard is it to use a patio heater?
Most patio heaters are extremely user-friendly in that they’re easy to use and maintain. Simply set the desired temperature, press the ignition button and sit back, relax and enjoy the toasty warmth as it begins to take effect.
Are patio heaters dangerous?
Most units come with a number of safety features, including a cooler exterior to avoid burns as well as automatic shutoff when tipped. That way you won’t have to worry if someone accidently bumps the unit and it falls over. Of course, you should always read and follow all safety instructions that accompany the particular heater you choose.
How much will it cost to run?
Propane patio heaters are surprisingly efficient. The cost of the gas itself may fluctuate, but the average price to use a heater these days is just under $2 per hour. If you’re only spending a few hours outdoors at a time, a full tank of propane should last you awhile, and save you money at the same time.
Where can propane be purchased?
Propane gas is relatively easy to find. In fact, most supermarkets and hardware stores sell it. If you Google the term along with your geographical area, you should be able to locate several options for purchasing the propane you need.
What kind of options are there to choose from?
Patio heaters come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles. That means finding the perfect unit to go with your outdoor setup should be relatively easy. For instance, you can choose from table top or standalone, glass or stainless steel – just to name a few.
I’m overwhelmed. Where do I begin?
Choosing the right patio heater for your particular needs can be a challenge – especially given the large selection and various options. If you’re having trouble, why not give our experts a call? We can discuss your situation and help you determine which product would be the best fit for you. Call 800-504-6478 or click here to fill out our contact form and someone from our team will get back to you shortly.
Enjoy, and for now…stay warm, my friends!