There are several gas outdoor heater options in Australia. But before picking the right one, keep in mind some features and specifications. It would help if you determined the fuel type, design, placement, legal restrictions, and cost of operation of a gas outdoor heater.
What is a Gas Heater?
A gas heater is an appliance that is used to heat open spaces in your home. There are indoor heaters, which are used to provide heat to the different rooms of the house, and there is the gas outdoor heater.
Different authorities, such as The Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria, have expressed concerns over the safety of using a gas outdoor heater. These government agencies have provided safety guidelines, such as the following:
- Use an audible carbon monoxide alarm that is on par with modern standards.
- Consider using a split system or alternative heating system when using an open fueled gas heater.
- Be aware of carbon monoxide exposure symptoms.
- Follow operating instructions to the letter and understand how to operate gas heaters safely.
- Have your unit serviced and tested by licensed gas fitters regularly.
If you follow these regulations properly, there should be very little cause for alarm when you use an outdoor gas heater
Another thing that you should think about when selecting a gas outdoor heater is the fuel type:
- Liquid propane
- Natural gas
Note that both of these options are easy to use and considered safe. If your home already has a gas line, you should use a natural gas heater. All you need to do is to hook up your gas heater to that line, and you already have a ready fuel source.
If your home doesn’t have a gas line, you can hire a professional to install one for you. Another option is to use liquid propane. Twenty-pound tanks are commonly used in Australia. Their portability has made them quite popular.
Design and Placement
A gas outdoor heater can be placed in different locations outside of your house. Propane gas heaters can be placed anywhere outside your home. The tanks make them mobile. There are also plenty of free-standing models that you can choose from.
Natural gas heaters, for one, are restricted by the availability of gas lines outdoors. You will have to hire a gas fitter to install a gas line in places where you want to have the heater placed.
How much heat do you want to have in the area where you will have the outdoor gas heater? The answer to that will be all up to you, and that choice will determine the BTU range of the heater that you should purchase.
So, how do you determine the right BTU range? Here’s what you need to do:
- Measure the area of the space you want to heat in cubic feet.
- Determine the desired temperature you want to have in that space
- Multiply the two numbers—this will be the total BTUs you need your gas heater to produce
- Check out different models and find out which unit can produce the desired BTU range
Your Budget and Safety Regulations
Finally, you have to decide on the outdoor heater depending on your budget and what is allowed in your area. Check with local authorities about specifications that they will allow. Purchase the authorized heater units that follow safety protocols and regulations.
Keep in mind these factors while purchasing an outdoor heater. Consider the cost and the local regulations in your state before you decide on the model and make you want to buy it.