Outdoor Heating: A Complete Safety Guide to Using Your Patio Heater

2019-12-23 14:35

Patio heaters provide warmth and ambiance and enable you to enjoy your backyard year round. However, to get the most

out of your patio heater and avoid injury or damage, it is necessary to understand how to use your unit safely. With proper

safety measures, you can enjoy a midmorning latte, twilight cocktailor a mug of steaming hot chocolate with friends and family on a chilly evening in your backyard.

To make sure your patio heater performs optimally, you must have the right type of patio heater for your outdoor space. There

are a variety of styles to choose from, including the classic domed heaters that feature an umbrella-like reflector at the top,

to pyramid-shaped heaters that contain the flame inside a glass tube or even compact tabletop patio heaters which are

ideal for smaller outdoor spaces. Each style of outdoor patio heater has its advantages and disadvantages in terms of

portability and decor. However, the primary factor to consider when it comes to safety is the heat capacity and

fuel efficiency of your patio heater.

The heat emitted by your patio heater is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs). There is no exact way to calculate the right number of BTUs for your outdoor space; however, it is recommended that you select a unit that offers approximately 5,000 BTUs per 100 square feet.