No one loves them but they are the only solution we have! Or are they? Is there a better alternative? (Spoiler, there is a MUCH better alternative)
Outdoor heating is something we all need. Fire is perfect for ambiance but doesn’t do a great job of keeping you warm unless you are a s’more. Then, of course, there are those ubiquitous patio heaters. Which work….kind of. In addition to them being a general eyesore, there are actual risks that come along with patio heaters that make them not as great as some may think. Here are the top ten reasons why you should avoid patio heaters and look for a better option to keep warm outdoors.
- They produce carbon dioxide and other pollutants.
Patio heaters, like other gas-powered outdoor appliances, emit pollutants such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides into the air. In general, the use of patio heaters can have a significant impact on air quality, especially in areas where many heaters are used nearby, like a bar or restaurant with outdoor seating. Hardly makes you want to crowd under one for warmth, right? Eeep.
- They don’t last long
Unfortunately, the life span of a patio heater is typically only one or two years. Patio heaters are exposed to the elements they are not designed to withstand such as rain, wind, and sun. Constant exposure to these elements can cause the heater to corrode and break down quickly. And don’t even get us started on how hard it is to dispose of one once it’s no longer working! It definitely won’t fit in your garbage can.
- They require a propane tank or other fuel source, which can be dangerous if not properly stored.
If a propane tank is not properly stored or handled, it can be dangerous and possibly lead to a fire. Improper storage may cause a tank to rust or corrode, weakening the tank and making it more susceptible to leaks or explosions. Additionally, if a propane tank is not properly secured, it can be knocked over and cause a fire hazard. Party foul.
- They are noisy!
Some common noise sources from a patio heater include the fan, the ignition system cycling on and off, and the fuel source hissing while the fuel is being burned. Not conducive to the conversation!
- They are flat-out ugly.
Patio heaters are quite large and bulky, and don’t fit in well with, well, any aesthetic. They are also made of shiny metals or have bright colors that you would probably never choose if you had a choice! Some patio heaters may also produce light pollution which can be an eyesore for neighbors at night. Not to mention, really kill the mood.
- They are not energy efficient.
Outdoor heaters are exposed to the elements, which can cause heat loss. This means that a significant portion of the heat generated by the heater is lost to the surrounding air, rather than being directed toward the intended area, which is YOU. This can make it necessary to run the heater for longer periods to maintain a comfortable temperature, which can be costly and inefficient.
- They don’t heat large areas evenly.
Many patio heaters have a heat reflector that helps to direct the heat in a specific direction. However, this can cause some areas to be hotter than others, depending on the location of the heater and the direction of the reflector. (Who hasn’t had their eyelashes start to singe?) Additionally, outdoor spaces can have different levels of airflow, which can affect the distribution of heat. Areas that are more exposed to the wind may be cooler than areas that are protected from the wind. It all adds up to major inefficiency.
- They can be difficult to move around.
Let’s face it, we’ve already covered how patio heaters are big, bulky, and have combustible fuel tanks attached to them. Let’s just say, relocating a large appliance and fuel tank is not for the faint of heart… or muscle.
- They can be a safety hazard due to the hot surfaces.
Patio heaters generate high temperatures, which can cause burns if someone comes into contact with the heater or its components. This is particularly true for heaters that use propane or natural gas, which can reach temperatures of up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Patio heaters can also tip over if they are not properly secured, which can cause burns if the heater falls on someone or if the fuel source spills and ignites. Who wants their kids or pets around that??
- They can be difficult to store away after the winter.
We’ve already covered the fact that patio heaters are an eyesore, so we know you’re not going to want to look at it after the season is over if you don’t have to. We also know that they’re heavy and there are very specific safety guidelines for storing their fuel sources. Add all of that up, and you’ve got one heck of a big project when spring comes around and it’s time to not only find somewhere to store a patio heater but also get it to that space safely.
Heated furniture! Ever heard of it? Imagine the feeling of sitting in a hot tub without getting wet. It’s like sitting on a river rock that has been warmed by the sun. Safe, comfortable, efficient, and relaxing, heated furniture is the best way to stay warm while enjoying your outdoor space. It is also much safer since it doesn’t use an open flame which can be a fire hazard. Not only that, heated furniture is less expensive to operate since it uses less energy than a patio heater (In fact, our largest lounge draws the same amount of power as a hair dryer!). Heated furniture also provides a more even heat distribution since it’s heating YOU, not the air. And if it’s extra chilly outdoors, throw a blanket over you to trap the heat. Plus, our furniture is built to last. It can spend every season outdoors, where you can enjoy it for years to come. Sit for yourself at Galanter & Jones.