If you’ve been taking advantage of outdoor space in your NYC apartment during the pandemic, heat lamps and portable heaters are a good way to extend the use of your backyard or balcony into the fall.
When investing in a exterior heat lamp, keep in mind New York City’s fire code bans any product with an open flame, including fire pits, patio fireplaces, chimineas, and even the trendy Solo Stoves. In addition, NYC's fuel gas code prohibits standard propane from being stored on a balcony or in a backyard unless you live in a single-family house.
You may still see New Yorkers using open flame heaters in their backyards but check your lease to see what’s allowed before you buy. Karen Davidson, a broker at Compass, says strict regulations prevent the use of many of the products popular in the suburbs, and the most common heaters used in the city are propane or electric.
Other considerations include the heat range of the lamp you’re buying. You can figure out if the heater will work for your space by checking out the BTU (British Thermal Unit) output or the wattage—the higher the number, the more space it will heat. Some products have different heat settings if you need more flexibility.
Brick Underground has rounded up some of the top picks for outdoor heaters. Keep in mind there’s a high demand for these products right now, so you might find low inventory levels.
Remington electric tower, $83
This radiant space heater has two heat settings, oscillation settings, and a safety switch that turns the heater off when it's moved. It can be used indoors or outdoors.
EnerG+ dual power electric hanging patio heater, $139
This infrared heater is water-resistant, eco-friendly, and has a heat range of 10 feet. It’s safe to be hung in a Gazebo, patio, or balcony, according to Wayfair.
Trustech patio heater, $140
This adjustable heater hangs on a wall and features three heat settings from 500 to 1,500 watts, 12-hour automatic shut-off for safety, and saves you 40 to 60 percent on electricity costs compared to other heaters, according to the manufacturer. It comes with a remote and brackets to hang it with. It's the fifth best-selling outdoor heater on Amazon.
Sol 72 adjustable patio heater, $213
This stainless steel, weatherproof patio heater is adjustable from five to seven feet tall, has a heat range of 15 square feet, automatic safety shut-off, and wheels. It’s currently out of stock but will be back in stock on November 4th, according to Wayfair.
Air Choice patio heater, $220
This electric standing heater has three heating modes ranging from 500 to 1,500 watts, is weatherproof, eco-friendly, and it can heat in one second according to the manufacturer.
Aura Comfort Plus portable electric patio heater, $489
This infrared heat lamp can heat up to 64 square feet and is stainless steel, weatherproof, and has directional heating that is windproof. The portable heater comes with a 15-foot power cable and remote control.
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