Patio Heaters 101 – Everything You Need to Know

Now that the calendar has flipped and the weather in most areas is starting to get cooler, it’s time to start thinking about packing things up and storing them away until the spring. Or, is it? Perhaps instead, you might consider investing in a patio heater. These machines are versatile, easy to use, safe and affordable. Best of all, they’ll allow you to extend your season so you and your guests can enjoy more time outdoors over the weeks and months to come. If we’ve piqued your interest, here are a few additional things you need to know about patio heaters (and why you should buy one now).

table-heaterWhat is a patio heater?

A patio heater is a portable unit that is placed in an outdoor space – typically in an outdoor dining or sitting area. When it’s turned on, the unit will emit a strong source of heat that warms the area and makes it more enjoyable when the air temperature begins to drop. There are a wide variety of patio heater types, which we will cover in the next section, but suffice it to say that when it comes to these products, there’s usually something for everyone.

Types of Patio Heaters

When it comes to choices, there are many. First, you can select what size patio heater you need. There are heaters made for residential use as well as commercial. If you’re interested in a patio heater for your personal use in your backyard or on your deck or patio, you can choose from small, tabletop models or larger standup units. There’s also the option of what type of heating mechanism you prefer. For instance, there are electrical heaters as well as those that run on either propane or natural gas. Each has its own pros and cons.

Beyond the size and type of heater, you can also select from a wide variety of styles and materials. For example, there are glass patio heaters and there metal ones, which come in everything from antique bronze and silver to stainless steel. Your best bet when choosing which patio heater is right for you is to conduct a detailed assessment of the area you’d like to heat, what look you’re going for and which type of heating mechanism you’d prefer. Once you know this, you can start shopping!

maxresdefaultUses for Patio Heaters

Patio heaters can be used for a myriad of reasons. Generally speaking, most people purchase a patio heater (or several) to use in their own yard. This allows them to enjoy more time outdoors with their family and guests without having to worry about the chill in the air. Imagine comfortably having cocktails on the porch on a crisp, fall or even winter evening.

Another popular use of patio heaters is commercially, particularly in the restaurant business. For cafes, restaurants and bars that offer outdoor dining during the spring and summer months, having to close that area when it starts cooling off can cause a significant impact on revenues. By adding a few commercial grade patio heaters, the additional seating can remain available for a longer period of time, thereby enabling the service of more clientele and subsequently boosting sales. Even a bar or restaurant that doesn’t offer outdoor dining can benefit from a patio heater by offering a warmer area for those waiting to be seated or who want to step outside for a smoke.

Some of the more creative uses for patio heaters include outdoor events (which makes them ideal for venue halls and other places such as country clubs). Extending the wedding season into the fall and winter months can mean a huge jump in revenue and might be enough to give your facility a leg up on the competition. Other industries can also benefit from using patio heaters, including any businesses with employees who are required to spend any time outside. A better working environment can lead to enhanced morale and a greater retention level.

Relatively speaking, provided the area you’re considering placing your patio heater in is large and open enough, these units can be used for just about anything you can think of. Think outside the box and get creative and you’ll probably think of half a dozen more ways to leverage outdoor heating for your benefit.

patio-1Patio Heater Safety Guide

Most quality patio heaters that are purchased from a reputable source come with a number of built-in safety features. For example, most are designed to automatically shut off in the event that the unit gets knocked over. This dramatically reduces the risk of damage or injury. Many also come with other safety mechanisms, including exterior surfaces that remain cool to the touch to prevent accidental burning. Of course, as with any other such device, the care and usage instructions should always be carefully followed to ensure optimum safety of yourself, your guests and your property.

Patio Heater Buying Guide

Once you’ve made the decision to invest in a patio heater and have narrowed down your selection to choose the right product for your needs, the next thing to consider is price. Many people are surprised to learn how affordable a quality patio heater can be, provided you do your homework and choose the right retail partner.

At Cool-Off, we specialize in offering an extensive selection of exceptional products made from only the highest quality materials. Unlike many other vendors, our team is made up of professionals who are experts in the field of cooling and heating products. We can even help you decide which product is right for you based on your needs and your budget. Most importantly, we offer great prices as well as fast and free shipping.

Are you considering making the wise investment of a new patio heater for your home or business? Still not completely convinced, or need some guidance as to which size, style or type of patio heater would be the best fit? Give us a call today at 800-504-6478. We’d be happy to point you in the right direction.

And, for now….stay warm, my friends.