Selecting a Suitable Outdoor Patio Heater
Outdoor heater is definitely a great add-on to many homes during the winter season. Instead of enjoying the winter months inside the house which will only give you half the fun, you may now gather friends and family outside without feeling all the cold. So what will you need to consider before buying or setting up a heater in the patio?
1) Size of your yard.
Determine and measure up the size of the patio before you even go to look at any of the outdoor heaters. This will help you to make the decision easier later on. You may want to take note of the heating range required and the effectiveness of the heaters that the market can offer.
2) Placement and direction of the heat flow.
There are heaters with conventional designs that offer a single direction of flow, or perhaps it is better to opt for a modern centralized heating system which is held up high onto a pole that has a mushroom like design. If the yard isn't big, almost any choice of heater would be suitable. Placing a single direction heater around the corner would do the work just well for a small yard. On the other hand, for a bigger yard, you should only look for a centralized heating system particularly those with high range heating efficiency for larger gatherings or those which is portable to be placed on top of the table for small meetings.
3) Heat source and cost.
Finally, all you need to decide now is which type of power you'd prefer to run your patio heaters and the cost of owning it. Mainly there are two types of heaters, one running on gas and the other, electricity. Some models may require you to plug in the gas line (if you have any) or to connect them to a gas tank. Whilst electric outdoor heaters are like most home appliances, all we need is a power socket. Average pricing for these devices ranges from $100 - $400 but there are also high end products which cost more than a thousand dollars. However, expensive items aren't usually the best or value worthy so be sure to do some research beforehand.
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