Everything You Need to Know: Patio Heaters – Part II
Welcome back to the Premier Patio blog where we deliver all of the premier information you need to know when it comes to owning, decorating, and maintaining your patio space. Last time we gave a brief rundown of the types and kinds of fuel for a number of patio heaters. This entry we go back to the patio heater well of knowledge to bring you some more tips and tricks from what to look for when buying to the necessary maintenance to keep a heater operating efficiently and safely.
When you are in the market for a heat solution for your patio or outdoor living space, you want to take into account a number of factors, not just the fuel source and type of heater. Firstly, have an idea about the size of space you are looking to warm. Having an idea of how large the space is will help narrow down your options. Then look for these three features: eco-friendly, safety switch shut-off, and tip over switch. EPA standards maintain that heaters feature designs that are energy-efficient, which in turn saves fuel and further saves you money. A tip over switch is necessary for safety. If a heater was to fall over or otherwise topple, it could quickly become a fire hazard. Similarly, a safety switch shut-off turns off the fuel source to prevent any fires. Always make sure your heaters are away from flammable materials like foliage, fabrics, etc.
How to Maintain Your Patio Heater, Safely
– When cleaning the heater, turn off all the gas valves before anything else.
– If the weather turns poor, make sure you cover your heater and secure it somewhere it won’t be knocked about.
– If you frequently have animal visitors in your yard or patio, use a cover to make sure dust, debris, and pests or animals don’t get into the burner while not in use.
– When storing the heater, do so in an effective manner. Close off the valves, disconnect the gas and store safe, as well as removing pieces that protrude to keep any shifting from occurring. The last thing you want is to remove your heater from storage only to have it blow up on you.
– If your heater is made of stainless steel use stainless steel cleaner and a brush. If yours is made with a protective powder coating it requires minimal maintenance other than washing with soap and water.
With all of this in mind, you should be able to purchase the perfect heater for your patio and maintain it so it serves you for many years to come. Now get it set up and enjoy the great outdoors! We wait all year for this weather!