Outdoor entertaining is a classic way to entertain friends and family, but the season for it always seems to end too soon or not start soon enough. But, with the right equipment, you can extend the life of your open air get-togethers. Meet propane patio heaters.
Keep quality times going through the cooler months, whether time is spent inside or outside.
Patio heaters provide the warmth needed to prolong the outdoor shindig season. Because of them, you aren’t forced to keep your guests cooped up for three quarters of the year.
So the real question is, which features should you pay attention to while shopping for one?
Size and Diameter of Warmth
Easily the most important features to examine are the physical size and the diameter of warmth a patio heater provides.
Since keeping your space heated is your goal, the diameter of warmth is clearly an important feature. The diameter varies depending on brand and style, but some are advertised as consistently heating up to 20 feet.
Hinging on the user’s preference and space available you have for a heater, you can choose from wall-mounted, tabletop and freestanding styles. Tabletop height stays around 4 feet, while freestanding style heights range between 7 and 9 feet.
If you’re deciding between a tabletop and a freestanding heater, consider which kind of propane container you would rather manage – a cylinder or a disposable canister. Freestanding styles use cylinders, and tabletop models require disposable canisters.
Safety Features and Fuel Efficiency
As with any heating appliance, safety is a top priority for buyers, especially for families with children. Luckily, many propane patio heaters have built-in safety catches.
The most popular catch is the anti-tip feature. If a heater is tipped past a certain angle, the heater will automatically cut off.
Don’t forget to inspect your option’s fuel efficiency. Ask for or find a heater’s AFUE rating – its annual fuel-utilization efficiency. The better the rating, the more energy efficient the appliance is. This efficiency directly affects your utility bills.
Efficiency is also the area that can sway a shopper to buy a propane heater over their electric counterparts. Electric heaters generally generate less warmth than propane models.
If you’re looking for a patio heater that’s functional and stylish, then this section is for you! If your outdoor space is themed or has a color theme, then you can probably get a patio heater to match it.
Different brands and styles offer a variety of other specialty features, like these:
- Wheels for mobility.
- Multiple color or finish options.
- Heater’s shape – an umbrella-like top is common.
- Other advantages like the heater’s base being wide enough to set drinks on.
Now that you have an idea of what the perfect propane patio heater is for you, where are you getting your propane?
United Propane Gas would love to fuel your outdoor get-togethers. Check out this page to see the different size cylinders we sell! Or, we can fill your existing cylinders!
Topics: Propane Appliances