When deciding on an outdoor heating solution, you shouldn’t just be focusing on the outright cost of the unit, but just as much attention should be given to the cost of running the units. With the current environment of power bills constantly being on the up, extra attention should be paid to determining what the most-efficient unit will be. The best way to do this is to look at the heat output compared to the energy consumption of the unit, or if available have a look at the energy rating labels.
The most common fuel sources you will come across when deciding on an outdoor heating unit will be wood, electric or gas. Deciding on a unit requires you to weigh up the energy sources pros and cons, which we will be exploring below, and making a decision that best suits your needs.
- Wood is the cheapest source of fuel
- If you are pro-active it can be free e.g. Ads, Pallets, Construction, Sites
- Environmentally Friendly
- Highest danger level out of all three options, check out last weeks post on safety
- Does not heat large areas effectively
Gas (LPG or Natural Gas)
- Cheap to run, with a 10kg LPG tank which costs on average $20, lasting you 10 hours
- Can be stored in multiple ways plumbing or storage tanks
- Heats large areas very effectively
- Harmful for greenhouse warming
- Only half a century before natural gas supplies are exhausted
- The most expensive choice, but offers the greatest heat distribution
- Most widely available energy source
- If you have solar energy reduce costs drastically
- Heat coverage is not that great
- Running costs are constantly on the up-and-up with increased taxes on the energy source
There are many factors that must be taken into consideration when deciding on the most effective and economical heating solution for you outdoors, so hopefully this guide has given you some knowledge that you can use towards your next purchase.