Saturday, 1 August 2009

What Makes Patio Heaters Different?

There are a number of types of patio heaters available to residential buyers. The following explains the benefits and differences between the main types of patio heaters.

Electric Patio Heaters

These patio heatersrun off of electricity and create heat by using a quartz heating element to create infrared radiant heat. Radiant heat actually heats objects and people and not the air around them. Radiant heat, like the sun's heat, for example, is a very efficient way to warm people. Not only are electric heaters efficient, they do not produce any emissions so they are safe to use in enclosed spaces such as garages or enclosed patios. If you have limited overhead space, these heaters are also beneficial because they require less overhead clearance than gas fueled heaters. I especially like these heaters because they are placed up and out of view so you barely know they are even there.

Natural Gas Patio Heaters

These heaters are fueled by natural gas lines that may already be available outside your home or commercial property. This means that there is a constant source of fuel to your heaters and you will never be without warmth when you need it. These heaters are very streamlined and therefore take up very little patio space. Another great thing about natural gas is that it is very affordable, so you won't cringe every time you light your heater.

Propane Patio Heaters

There are many great designs available in propane patio heaters. There are beautifully crafted heaters that look like antique light posts. There are gas light propane heaters that are very decorative, have a built in light and are so unique they don't even look like heaters. There are heaters with stainless steel and copper finishes that will fit any décor. Propane patio heaters can be fueled by the same propane tanks used by many barbeques. Because propane patio heaters are self-contained and even come with wheels they are easy to move around to wherever they are needed. There are even really affordable table top versions that are great for camping trips and picnics.