As the nights grow colder with winter just around the corner, staying indoors curled up with a book and some hot chocolate in front of the fireplace seems like the most comfortable thing to do.
But sometimes we could all use a little time spent outdoors, and cold nights shouldn’t stop you from doing so. That’s what outdoor heating systems are for – they can keep you warm on the coldest winter night so you can still enjoy time outdoors and under the stars.
Not sure which outdoor heater to go for? Read on to learn more about a myriad of options available to you.
The Basics of Garden or Patio Heaters
First and foremost, it’s important to note that outdoor heaters for your patio or garden come in two basic categories, based on the fuel that is used for them – a propane heater and an electric heater. As the names suggest, a propane heater utility propane to quickly warm up the desired space, while an electric heater is plugged into an electrical outlet.
What are the advantages of a propane heater?
A propane heater can warm up space rather quickly. It can also warm up large spaces at a time, which is why propane heating is often utilized for wide open commercial spaces. Often propane heaters come with a high-powered fan and a cylinder that allows the propane to combust, producing warm air that it eventually blows out.
Propane heating is also ideal for commercial use because of its relatively low cost to operate. And while it can heat up a large space, it is often not permanent, and a propane heater can be moved around as desired.
Should you decide to purchase a propane heater, go for a model that allows for electronic ignition so it’s easier to start them up.
What are the disadvantages of a propane heater?
A propane heater should only be used in places with proper ventilation, as this type of heater releases large amounts of carbon monoxide, which can be very dangerous when inhaled. They are not to be used in enclosed spaces like a garage.
Additionally, propane heaters usually have a large propane tank attached to them that will require a significant amount of space.
What are the advantages of an electric outdoor heater?
An electric garden or patio heater is convenient in that, unlike the propane heater, it doesn’t require you to head out and purchase propane or fuel all the time. All you need to do is plug it into an outdoor outlet.
An electric heater also does not have an open flame, making it a much safer option if you have kids and pets running around all the time.
What are the disadvantages of an electric outdoor heater?
While the electric heater is more convenient to use, it can hike up your electricity bill considerably with constant use. Additionally, it doesn’t provide as much heat as a propane heater, and if you have a fairly large space to cover, you’ll need to buy several heaters for the entire space.
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