Electric Patio Heaters
Your patio is the showcase of the neighborhood. You have worked on your yard and landscaping. You have planted different flowers and have all the right lawn ornaments. Your outdoor décor is impeccable. You love to sit out there of an evening, enjoying the beauties of nature and taking pride in your work. After a long, hard day at work, this is your happy place where you can relax and shed the cares of the day. The only problem is that as winter approaches, the chill in the air drives you back inside before you have time to really relax and let go. If you love to be out of doors but also want to be comfortable, there are some options that may work for you.
Portable patio heaters have become very popular for heating outdoor areas. You can find propane, natural gas or electric patio heaters. There are plusses and minuses for each type of heater, so if you do a little research you will be able to find the right one for you. A propane heater is very portable and can be reasonably priced. One problem is that it gives off carbon monoxide emissions, so it must remain well ventilated. This is great if you always use it outside, but there are times when you may want to bring your portable heater inside, and with this type of unit you will need to maintain adequate ventilation.
A natural gas heater can also be cost efficient, but it must remain attached to a natural gas line, and becomes quite stationary. If your home or apartment does not use natural gas, then installing the gas lines and so forth can be quite expensive, so this does not become a cost-effective way to get heat out to the patio. Electric patio heaters are easy to use and can be reasonably priced. All you need for your electric patio heaters is an electrical outlet and you are up and running. There are no worries about gas emissions; you just get to enjoy the warmth.
There are different types of electric patio heaters. With some of the portable ones, you have to be aware that they can get quite hot and you need to make sure that anything that could catch on fire is away from the unit. This could also be a disadvantage if you have small children or your guests bring children. You don't want anyone to get burned. If this concerns you, you could think about the radiant heaters. These are quartz infrared heaters, and the heat generated is likened to that of the sun. These heaters are quick to heat the air around them, but remain cool to the touch. Radiant electric patio heaters are great for warming up individuals, and some people like to use a fan with them to help spread the warm air further.
With all of the different types of portable heaters that are available, you should be able to find one that meets your needs. You may want to talk with the customer service person at your local home improvement store to get more information on the different types and their advantages and disadvantages. Soon, you will be enjoying the comfortable heat from you patio heater as you sit outside under the stars during any time of the year.