Patio heaters are essential if you want to enjoy your outdoor living space year-round especially during the cooler months. They elevate the experience of sitting in the backyard with family and friends a more comfortable and enjoyable experience. Patio heaters aren't all made the same so it's important to do some research before hand to find out what patio heater would best suit your outdoor living space.
There are a few things to consider before you begin to shop for patio heaters:
What is the area that you are looking to heat? And, what type of fuel will you use?
Know the size of your patio in order to determine the BTUs needed to heat the space. Keep in mind that electric heat is measured in watts.
Typically most homeowners will need just one or two patio heaters for their outdoor space. One patio heater is probably enough to heat 1,500 to 2,000 square feet of covered space. In an uncovered space, expect a freestanding patio heater to warm a 20-foot diameter space.
Tabletop heaters offer portability and compact size. They put out between 10,000 and 11,000 BTUs.
In addition to knowing your space, know the fuel types for patio heaters: natural gas, propane and electric.