Choosing A Propane Patio Heater: Five Things To Consider
Outdoor entertainment will be more important than ever this year, with most of us probably sticking closer to home than usual but ALL of us tired of our own four walls. The problem is, evenings here in Massachusetts can get pretty chilly, especially now and later in the summer.
That’s when a propane patio heater can really come in handy.
Propane patio heaters can really take the edge off during less than warm open-air get-togethers. But what do you need to consider if you’re shopping for one?
Here’s a quick guide on patio heaters
- Size, power, and heating area – The three most important features to consider when choosing a patio heater are its physical size, its power (measured in Btus) and the heating diameter it “throws.” Heating diameter can vary quite a bit depending on the brand and style of heater – make sure you choose a unit that will cover the area you need to heat.
- Mounting type – Propane patio heaters can wall-mounted, tabletop or freestanding. Tabletop heaters stand about four feet high; freestanding heaters range between seven and nine feet high. One way to help decide between a tabletop and a freestanding heater is to consider whether you would prefer to manage a cylinder (freestanding) or a disposable (tabletop) propane canister.
- Safety features – The most popular safeguard built into a patio heater is anti-tip feature, which automatically shuts off the heater if it’s tipped past a certain angle. Choose a unit that contains at least this feature. Other safety features to look for include an oxygen depletion sensor (ODS) and an overfill protection device (OPD).
- Fuel efficiency – Find your heater’s AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating (think of it like MPG for your car – the better the rating, the more energy-efficient the appliance is). A higher AFUE rating will mean lower bills for you.
- Style and other features – Many styles of patio heater are available – from modern stainless models to classic brushed copper and enamel painted options. Other style considerations include portable vs. stationary (with our without wheels) and design or shape.
Need more help choosing a patio heater, or any other propane outdoor living appliances? Just ask. And once your patio heater is up and running, let Holden keep the outdoor party going with propane deliveries in the North Shore. Contact us today for details.