We’re all spending more time at home lately, and it can be easy to feel like you’re going stir crazy when you’re stuck inside. If you, like many others, want to utilize your outdoor spaces throughout the winter, you may be looking into patio heater options. But with so many options, how do you know which style is the best for your space? We’ll help you break down the differences.
Natural Gas patio heaters are great options for homeowners or commercial spaces with a well-ventilated deck or patio space and existing gas lines.
Outdoor propane heaters fall under the umbrella of gas heaters, but their operation isn’t dependent on a natural gas line or electricity.
For outdoor spaces that lack the proper ventilation required for natural gas or propane heaters, there is the choice of an electric outdoor heater.
Because of the mobility of portable, free standing heaters, they are able to be used in a variety of different locations and can travel with you for parties or events. These heaters are available in both gas and electric options.
The EvenGLO from American Gas Lamp Works is available in portable natural gas or propane models that can stand alone or come as a hanging mushroom gas patio heater to maximize floor space.
Available in gas and electric options, fixed, wall-mounted heaters are ideal for low ceilings, busy ceilings, and smaller areas.
The HABANERO M20 from American Gas Lamp Works is our smallest wall and ceiling mount gas patio heater, perfect for the conditions mentioned above.
Fixed, overhead-mounted heating systems can come in both gas and electric models. These types of systems work well in areas with higher ceilings and have more intense and even heat footprints.
The EvenTUBE from American Gas Lamp Works is the sleekest tube heater on the market today. At less than 7” deep, it delivers a modern heating solution to any outdoor space and is effective for ceiling or wall heights from 9’ to 16’.
As the first step when deciding on the right outdoor patio heater for your space, you should consider your needs and the frequency with which you’ll use your heater.
Are you a homeowner looking to heat the patio in your backyard, or are you a commercial business owner who wants to provide outdoor seating? Do you want a heater for enjoying time with your family, or do you want one that can accommodate restaurant seating and keep your customers warm?
You also need to ask yourself how often you’ll need to heat your outdoor space and how much your system will need to run.
Your location is also important — how cold can it get in your area?
The next step is to think about how much space you have and need to heat. There’s a simple calculation you can use to determine how many BTUs or how many patio heaters you need:
If you’re limited on space, have young kids or pets, or own a restaurant, hanging or flush mounted heaters will be your best option. If the location you’re looking to heat is partially indoors or is a screened porch, electric heaters are your best option.
Each outdoor heating system has different installation, output, and utility costs.
We hope our breakdown of the different types of outdoor heaters will help you make an informed decision. If you still have questions regarding which outdoor heating option is best for your space, call/contact/chat with us, and we’ll be glad to answer any remaining questions you may have.