Propane heaters are a brilliant alternative for economical heating. This kind of a heater is easy to use and increases the temperature by about 25 degrees F in an area that is not too big. They are ideal for providing warmth in outdoor barbecue spaces or keeping you warm while you enjoy an early morning coffee on the patio. The cost of cylinders and the hosepipes tends to make them slightly expensive upon initial purchase, however once set up they are very cheap in comparison to their electrical counterparts. The main reason they do end up being so saving is because propane gas is much cheaper than electricity or any other kind of gas in most locations.
There are primarily two kinds of propane heaters available on the market:
* Vent-less propane heaters are small and do not need a peripheral venting system because there is low production of exhaust gas. Usually these are recommended for outdoor use, or use in rooms where there is excellent ventilation.
* With vented propane heaters, the air is drawn from the outside to a chamber that is sealed with combustion which then emits the gas outside.
It is advisable to follow certain safety precautions while dealing with this kind of a heater. In case of a gas leak, immediately shut off the gas to the piece of equipment. Make sure that the heater is always placed on a firm surface. When replacing a cylinder, it is important to inspect for any leaks with soapy water. Inflammable or corrosive materials should not be employed for cleaning though they can be cleaned using soap and warm water. It is advisable to use the hosepipes and regulators that have been supplied by the manufacturer. And above all, make sure that there is adequate ventilation to prevent the concentration of carbon monoxide concentration in the room.
Most modern propane heaters these days have built in safety features, however, and a sensor where they will automatically shut off if the heater senses there is too little oxygen available. This feature is especially important if you are using indoor propane heating. In general, providing you are using the right kind of propane heater for the location and it is bought new you do not have to worry about a build up of carbon monoxide. Of course, this means that you should not use a propane patio heater indoors for example, but heaters that are advertised for indoor use should be safe to use indoors without the need for any more precautions than making sure that the heater is always kept in optimum condition.