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Five factors to consider when buying a propane patio heater

Posted: May 22, 2017
Propane patio heaters can help keep the party going outside well into a chilly evening – or well into the fall!  But what do you need to think about when it comes time to shop for one? Here are five factors to consider:

  1. Size, power, and heating area – The three most important factors to consider when choosing a propane patio heater are its size, its Btu output, and the heating diameter it covers. Heating diameter can vary considerably depending on the brand and style of heater; make sure you have a model that covers the entire area you want to keep warm.
  2. Mounting type – Propane patio heaters can be wall-mounted, tabletop or freestanding. Tabletop heaters are about four feet tall; freestanding heaters typically range from seven to nine feet tall. One way to help decide between a tabletop and a freestanding heater is to consider whether you prefer refillable propane cylinders (freestanding) or a disposable propane canisters (tabletop).
  3. Safety features – You will definitely want a propane space heater that includes an anti-tip feature, which automatically shuts off the heater if it is pushed past a certain angle. Other safety features to look for include an oxygen depletion sensor (ODS) and an overfill protection device (OPD).
  4. Fuel efficiency – Look for space heaters with a high AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating to save money on fuel. AFUE is an efficiency measure like MPG for your car – the better the rating, the more energy efficient the appliance is.
  5. Style and other features – Patio heater are available in many styles and shapes – we’ll find one to match your outdoor décor and sensibilities!

Need more help choosing a patio heater? Contact Parker today!