Outdoor patio heaters are space heaters that are used outside. Because they heat up the area around them, patio heaters allow people to use their patios in colder seasons and at nights, when normally it would be too cold to comfortably remain outside. Patio heaters come in a wide variety of strengths, styles, and types, depending on what your needs are. Heaters can be hung, free-standing, table-top, or in an area of their own (such as a fire pit). Patio heaters run on a number of different energy types. Some are electric, plugging into your home's outlets. Others are run by propane or natural gas. Still others use fire to heat the area around them. Electric heaters are convenient because they won't need to be refueled. However, they will raise the utilities cost of your home. Propane and natural gas heaters provide an excellent radius of warmth, but you will need to replace and/or refill their gas supplies. Fire heaters are often the most aesthetically pleasing, but don't provide the level of even-warmth that the other varieties can.
Patio Heaters: Safety
Safety issues include burn and fire hazards. Most gas heaters have sensors that automatically shut off if the unit is tipped. Free-standing heaters and ceiling-hung heaters offer the advantage of keeping the hot parts of the unit out of reach of children. Special precautions should be taken when using fire pits, tiki torches, table top heaters, and other types of heaters that can be reached or manipulated by children. It is always a good idea to have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an accident. All heaters should have an area of several feet clear around them to lower the risk of fire. Other things to consider when looking into patio heaters include how much heat they produce, how large an area they heat, and safety features. Patio heaters come in a wide range of prices and styles, depending on the type of heater.