Stretch Your Deck and Patio Seasons with an Outdoor Heater
A patio heater can extend the time you're able to enjoy the outdoors, allowing you to grill year-round and start every day with a cup of coffee on your deck or patio. An outdoor heater keeps you, your friends and your family cozy and warm on chilly days and evenings as you relax on your patio furniture listening to music or enjoying a ball game. Choose from Best Buy's large selection of outdoor patio heaters based on the layout and décor of your alfresco space, so that the heater works in tandem with your solar outdoor lights, outdoor speakers and your barbecue grill. Plus, consider using an insect repellent device along with your heater to deter annoying bugs.
If your outdoor area is small, a portable tabletop outdoor heater might be your best choice. But if you want to heat a large area, consider a floor-standing infrared outdoor heater that’s also mobile so you can easily move it based on your patio activity. You may also find that a wall-mounted patio heater, or one that hangs from the ceiling, is the best way to keep your deck area toasty warm when the weather turns cool.
Outdoor Patio Heaters: What Else You Should Know
One of the first decisions you’ll need to make during your patio heater selection process is whether you prefer an outdoor gas heater or an electric outdoor heater. Though both heaters can keep you warm, they work in different ways: a propane patio heater warms the area using both convection and radiant heat while an electric patio heater uses only radiant heat. An outdoor propane heater is easy to use and simple to install; it heats the surrounding area quickly using the same 20-lb. propane bottle used in many gas grills. An electric outdoor heater requires only an electrical outlet and can be moved indoors since it doesn’t need ventilation.
Look into the safety features of outdoor patio heaters before you buy. Most patio heaters include a tip-over safety switch and an auto shut-off feature. Outdoor gas heaters should not be brought inside. Place them in an open area, away from structures, tree branches or plants that might catch fire.