Why are patio heaters
Outdoor heaters make our Summers last longer and thankfully make our Winters shorter. Spring is here and summer is fast approaching so it is the perfect time to look at buying a patio heater. Purchasing a good quality heater can make all the difference in the amount of time you use your outdoor entertaining space as you are no longer at the mercy of the elements.
What are the different types of patio heaters?
This is a fantastic option which virtually makes the heater invisible. It is possible for electricians to recess the heater into a ceiling to make it flush so there is no visual impact with the heater, all you will notice is rich, warm, ambient heat. You will only notice the heaters above you if someone points them out. It is a great design addition for those planning their new patio.
Wall mounted options are also a great space saver and blend seamlessly into your decor.
Easily mounted by brackets, electric mounted heaters emit a warm ambient glow that will not be harsh to look at and will heat furniture and people, not the air above.
These heaters are designed to be mobile so you can change the position of the unit when required. They are a great for rental properties because you can take them with you to the next home. Freestanding heaters are good as an entry level option when people are looking to heat their outdoor area but there are some cons so be aware – they are heavy to move so do so carefully.
Depending on which model you buy the gas bottle will need changing once the gas has run out so a back up bottle would be a good option to have on hand. Make sure you have a resting spot for the unit as it will take up added space in the area.
Gas or electric – how do I choose the correct heater?
Depending on which model you buy, the initial outlay with gas patio heaters is usually cheaper but you will end up paying more in the long run with gas bottles exchange, part replacement and maintenance. Outdoor gas heaters are not known for their longevity because they have more moving parts, valves and ignition components which wear out.
The output of a gas heater is around 50%. The heat is also rises so the bulk of the warmth lies just under the roof of your patio. If you have gas heating in your outdoor area, you generally only have one unit. Everyone has to congregate around this single heater to keep warm.
Electric heaters are usually mounted near an existing power source so the cost will be absorbed into your electricity bill. This cost should have minimal impact on your energy consumption because you do not have the patio heaters running day and night. The efficiency output of an electric radiant heater is around 90%.
The technology of radiant heat means the warmth is absorbed by objects and people, it does not dissipate into the air. When installing electric outdoor heating, people often put in multiple units, especially if the area is sizeable. This allows you to create different sections within your area.
For example, you would have a heater near the eating area and one near your seating or bar area. You will get an opportunity to enjoy your outdoor area more often and for longer periods making a good quality electric outdoor heater a worthwhile investment.