Stand Up Patio Heaters Pros and Cons
If you are adding a stand up heater to your patio, you will enjoy lots of pleasurable warm evenings at fall season and more warm evening outside during your winter. A good heater will help you enjoy your patio and garden more days a year!! It is one of the best investments you can do for your home.
When coming to choose a stand up heater for outside, one will find there are three main heaters to choose from: Natural gas, propane and electric heaters. They are all good and safe, but they still have their own pros and cons, which means you need to know your patio, lifestyle and limitations before buying the right heater solution for you.
Propane Patio Heater Vs Electric Patio Heater
Electric patio heaters function by heating a tube or infrared bulb. These are long lasting and need minimum maintenance. They are simple to use, just plug and play. runs off tubes or bulbs that are heated through concentrated light. Propane patio heaters function by burning propane gas which comes from a cylinder which is based at the bottom of the heater. Propane is a clean burning fuel so it can be used safely.
(Image on right shows natural gas heater).
Where do you want the heater to be? One of the questions you need to answer is where the heater will be. Electric heaters must be connected to a power source. So if you want to sit beside the pool with an electric heater you will need and extended cord to run all the way to where you will be sitting. Propane patio heaters can be anywhere you like, as they carry their power source with them.
How much heat is needed? Propane heaters and natural gas heaters have a much higher BTU (heat) level than electric heaters. If you live in California, an electric heater can be sufficient for cold evenings in your backyard. If you live in Minnesota, you will need a propane heater for early September nights.
How windy is your patio? Electric heaters are better when heating in still weather. Once the wind begins their heats is dissolved. Propane heaters generate more heat, which can reach further away from the heater. Mild winds will not eliminate their heating ability.
How technical are you? Electric stand up patio heaters do not require any understanding of technical knowledge. just plug the cord into a power source and turn the heater on. Propane heaters need some minimal technical skills for changing the cylinders, detaching them. This is somewhat true for the natural gas heaters too, hoses and valves need to be attached and plugged. If you like the easy life, electric heaters are a child’s play.
(Image on right shows electric patio heater).
Heating closed areas vs outdoor areas? Do you have a garden house, or a closed porch? Electric heaters can be used anywhere. Propane and other fuel burning heaters release carbon monoxide and can not be used in places unless they have good ventilation. Electric heaters can be used indoors, or when heating a room for pets.
Replaceable cylinders? Electric patio heaters never run out of “fuel”. Propane heaters need a cylinder replacement when empty. This means if you run out of propane, and its snowing you are stuck without heating. On the other side if the electricity is down, propane heaters will still keep you warm.
Cost and bills? Propane usage cost more than electricity. It heats larger area, and has higher BTU but will cost more. The cheapest fuel for heaters is natural gas. It is less ‘clean’ than propane, but when using the heater daily will cut your costs. Heavy users may be better of buying a natural gas heater.
(Image on right is propane heater).
Which is then the best standup heater for your patio?
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Depending on your needs and environment. How do you plan to use the heater, where do you plan to locate it, who will be maintaining it? How much are you going to use it? Do you have access to propane stores. Physical strength to handle cylinders. Will you move it around. Will it be used indoors?