I used all winter long and there was no noticeable change in our utility consumption. We have a gas furnace, so I think, any variation balances out as I did not need to keep the house thermostat as high.
This an electric unit requiring an electric outlet, neither of which should be in a fireplace. It is more like a large electric toaster than a fireplace.
If it's not windy and wet out, I think the heat would make a comfortable difference in taking off the chill. It really depends on so many variables, but I have found that I turn it on when I feel chilled and turn it off once the room (my room is almost 400 sqft) is comfy. It really is an instant fix. There isn't any time waiting for things to warm up, so I think it would be a nice addition for your guests on the patio. Additionally, you can keep the flames on without the heat, for the ambiance, if guests get a bit too much warmth. :)
None. Mine is backed against a wall and I keep things on top of it all the time. The only heat is the blower at the bottom front. I was very cautious when I first got it, worried about safety and such. After awhile, with no issues, I accepted that it was super safe.
It is more a safety concern regarding the relationship of water and electricity. Is the concrete patio enclosed/roofed & free of standing water? Is there a grounded exterior electric outlet there? Would you dump an electric toaster in a sink full of water? The feet on this stove are of plastic composition.
Hello , Thank you for your inquiry. The fireplace heaters are not for use outdoors in laundry areas or similar indoor locations. Never locate electric fireplace where it may fall into a bathtub or other water container. It is safe to use on a carpeted surface. Kind regards, Support.
No, it does not come with a remote. The box is a thin metal and legs are plastic that you screw on from underneath.
Hi there, Thank you for your inquiry. This unit does come equipped with the safety shut off which will turn off when reached the set temperature. The fireplace does come with a 1-year limited parts warranty. Please contact us if you have any further questions or concerns. Thank you for your time have a great day.