Propane Patio Heaters: The Perfect Solution For Fickle Weather

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There’s nothing better than spending time outdoors at home during the summer, and even into the New England fall. The problem is, evenings here in Connecticut can get pretty chilly, even in June (as we’ve seen recently).

That’s when a propane patio heater can really come in handy.

Propane patio heaters can take the edge off during open-air get-togethers in fickle weather. But what are the major factors to consider when shopping for one?

Tips For Picking A Patio Heater

Here are five key things to think about when choosing a propane patio heater.

  • Power – The most important feature to consider when choosing a patio heater is its size or power (measured in Btus). Typically, the bigger the unit, the wider its heating diameter will be. Measure the space you want to heat and look for a patio heater with a wide enough throw to cover it.
  • Configuration – Propane patio heaters come in wall- or ceiling-mounted, tabletop or freestanding configurations. Tabletop heaters stand about four feet high; freestanding heaters range between seven and nine feet high. One way to help decide between a tabletop and a freestanding heater is to consider whether you would prefer to manage a refillable / replaceable cylinder (freestanding) or a disposable (tabletop) propane canister.
  • Safety features – The most popular safeguard built into a patio heater is anti-tip feature, which automatically shuts off the heater if it’s tipped past a certain angle. Choose a unit that contains this feature (most do). Other safety features to look for include an oxygen depletion sensor (ODS) and an overfill protection device (OPD).
  • Fuel efficiency – Find your heater’s AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating (like MPG for your car, the higher the rating number, the more energy efficient the appliance is). A higher AFUE rating will mean you’ll spend less for fuel over the course of a season, all other things being equal.
  • Style and other features – Many styles of patio heater are available – from modern models to classic brushed copper and enamel painted options. Other style considerations include portable vs. stationary (with or without wheels) and design or shape.

Need more help choosing a patio heater, or any other propane outdoor living appliance? Trust the pros at Hocon. Once your patio heater is up and running, let Hocon keep the outdoor party going with reliable propane deliveries in Connecticut. Contact us today to become a Hocon customer!

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