Outdoor patio heaters will be fuelled by either gas or electricity. With gas, there are two options – Propane and Natural Gas, both have their benefits and limitations.
o Propane is known as a mobile fuel and allowing for more flexibility with placement which minimize installations requirement. Since propane doesn’t involve tapping into an existing pipe, rather using a refillable tank, you have more options for your location. In areas where natural gas isn’t readily available, propane is a great option.
o With limited storage capabilities propane can be slightly more expensive to run compared to Natural Gas.
Tips when Considering Propane:
o Always ensure that you have the appropriate ventilation, before using your product. We suggest check with your heater manufacturer to insure that your installation won’t be a risk.
o As Propane is stored in a pressurized vessel – always check for leaks when operating the tank. If you smell gas but can’t determine the source, call your fire department immediately.
o Natural gas is by far the most cost effective options available, in terms of price-to-output. If you intend on running your heater nightly for most of the year, natural gas will save you time and money.
o In comparison to electric heaters, Natural Gas produces more heat, based on similar sized heater dimensions.
o Natural gas is a cleaner fuel, and emitting less greenhouse gases.
o Involve tapping into an existing pipe, otherwise
Tips when Considering Natural Gas:
o With natural gas, proper ventilation can be an issue. Check with your heater manufacturer to insure that your installation won’t be a risk for emissions building up in an enclosed area. If you smell gas but can’t determine the source, call your fire department immediately.
o As electric heaters don’t produce heat via combustion, they can be used both indoors and outdoors, with less stringent clearances compared with gas heaters.
o On average, electricity costs about twice as much as natural gas to heat the same area, but still less than propane. They do allow for more flexible installs, as running an electrical wire can in some instances be is easier than installing a gas line.
o Not all electric heaters are created equal – there are different amounts of red light that are emitted. Some heaters may remind you of a tanning bed, while others offer a softer glow.
o The voltage of the heater is also an important fact to consider when deciding on electric heaters. To get maximum heat output, the highest voltage and amperage are required.
Tips when considering Electric heaters:
o Checking to see if your fuse panel supports a high voltage heater. Most homes support 220v so high heat capacity and voltage heaters can be considered for residential use.
o Electric heaters’ outputs are rated in Watts, rather than BTU’s like gas heaters. Roughly 1,000 Watts is equal to 3,400 BTUs
o Despite not having an open flame, electric heaters still get very hot, so make sure your heater is turned off when you aren’t home, and always be careful when handing a heater that was recently on – make sure it has fully cooled before touching.