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.