Outdoor Patio Heaters: Which Variety is Right for Your Home?


Did you know that adding outdoor patio heaters to your backyard can extend the amount of time you and your loved ones can spend enjoying the outdoors each year? Many people believe that they can’t afford outdoor heaters and therefore consider the winter season a time when backyard entertaining and relaxation has to stop. That isn’t the case! No matter how much you can afford to spend or how much heat you need for your outdoor space, Starfire Direct has an outdoor heating system for you.

Before you make a purchase, take some time to learn about the different varieties of outdoor patio heaters and what they can do for you.

  1. Where Do You Need Heat?

Larger freestanding units can heat up to 25 feet of space, so if you have a big area or will be regularly entertaining many guests during cold weather, this might be your best option. If you only need to heat a small amount of space suitable for a single family or couple, a wall unit or a smaller mobile heater might be better options. If you’re looking to create both heat and a large centerpiece that everyone can gather around, an outdoor fire pit is the perfect solution!

  1. What Fuel Source Will Work Best for You?

Outdoor patio heaters can run on electricity, natural gas, or propane.

Propane is affordable, making this a good choice for many. You can purchase propane in tanks and move them wherever you like. This is perfect for larger outdoor setups such as weddings that need warmth for hundreds of guests.

Natural gas requires a fuel line within the vicinity of the area you want to heat. If you already use natural gas inside your home, you may be able to run a gas line to the area where your patio heater will be installed.  If your home is electric or propane based, or you otherwise cannot find a fuel line, another variety of heater will provide more bang for your buck. If you can use natural gas, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s a very environmental choice.

Electric heaters are inexpensive and safe to operate, but they require an outlet, so they are better for smaller areas. They can be placed around your patio, but it will require extension cords or a professionally run electric line.

  1. Do You Want a Radiant or Forced-Air Heater?

Forced-air heaters are just as their title describes: heaters that force warm air into the surrounding area. Radiant (also known as infrared) heaters warm nearby objects, such as chairs and tables.

Forced-air heaters are generally better for areas with somewhat contained borders, such as covered patios, garages, tents, or workshops. If an area is out in the open and exposed to cool breezes, infrared heaters will likely provide more beneficial heat.

Starfire Direct: A Commitment to Efficient Energy

Here at Starfire Direct, we believe in the importance of conserving energy and protecting the environment. We are committed to keeping our practices green, and you can count on us to give you the best advice on how to choose a heater that is affordable, safe, and environmentally sound. Not only will your purchase earn you a warm and comfortable outdoor environment, but it will also give you the peace of mind of knowing you’re supporting the Earth.

If you’d like more help in determining which of our outdoor patio heaters will work best for you, please contact us today. You can reach us online by filling out our easy form, or by telephone at (866) 578-8583. We look forward to helping you with your purchase!


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The talented and knowledgeable staff of Starfire Direct pride themselves on being experts in the field of fire features, outdoor living, and beyond. Always at the forefront of upcoming trends and industry breakthroughs, the team at SD is ready and willing to help you make your dream space a reality, once piece at a time. Our business is helping you to Reignite Your Life.