Our lives have become inactive during winter. But occasionally, there isn’t a choice. Outdoor patio heaters can help with that. With winter, our lives become sedentary and we don’t have any choice regarding this. But occasionally, there isn’t a choice. Outdoor patio heaters can help with that.
What Are Patio Heaters?
It is a burner mounted on a pole that burns propane, butane, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), natural gas, or any combination thereof. The flames are directed against a perforated metal screen. Around the appliance, heat is emitted in a circular pattern from the screen’s surface.
The heat that would otherwise escape upwards is reflected by a reflector on top of the burner. This is so because the reflecting hood is typically silvered, which makes it excellent at reflecting infrared radiation but poor at absorbing heat.
Because silvered surfaces do not absorb infrared light, the amount of heat lost through conduction is decreased. The chimenea, which burns wood rather than gas, is an alternative to the patio heater for indoor use.
Types of Patio Heaters
- Gas Patio Heaters
- Electric Patio Heaters
- Solid Fuel Patio Heaters
How does a patio heater work?
1. Gas Patio Heaters
The most widely used gas heaters are LPG burners, which can be seen in pubs, bar gardens, and smoking areas, like our well-liked Athena+ gas patio heater. These LPG burners are more expensive than comparable models and use liquid petroleum. They are more suitable for larger commercial environments because they are typically quite bulky and more expensive when compared to the cost of electricity.
LPG burners, like our well-liked Athena+ gas patio heater, are the most widely used gas heaters and can be found in pubs, bar gardens, and smoking areas. These LPG burners cost more than similar ones because they use liquid petroleum. They typically have a bulky appearance, are more expensive when compared to the cost of electricity, and are best suited for larger commercial settings.
2. Electric Patio Heaters
Electric patio heaters are not only very efficient, but they also don’t release any carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Compared to gas patio heaters, electric heaters consume 85% less energy. Electric heaters are also completely odor- and toxin-free, which is very advantageous. These silent heaters are also renowned for being very cost-effective, producing heat instantly with the simple flip of a switch.
The concept of electricity and water mixing is typically of utmost importance when purchasing an outdoor appliance, such as a patio heater. Even in torrential downpours, many of the available patio electric heaters are well-insulated and can be used. They also won’t deteriorate if left outside for an extended period of time.
The safest and most efficient way to heat an outdoor space is with a typical outdoor electric heater, like the Shadow 2kW XT Heater shown above, which costs about 36p/kW/hour to operate. By oscillating to heat as much space as possible, our Shadow XTO Heater is one of the most energy-efficient electric patio heaters on the market. The simplest way to guarantee that everyone stays warm outside is with electric heaters. Simply plug it in and turn it on to get started. Electric heaters are the new standard because they produce no odors, require no storage, and make no noise.
3. Solid Fuel Patio Heaters
A solid fuel burner, which can take many different forms, including fire pits and log burners, is the third kind of patio heater. However, they typically use a controlled fire made of wood logs or pellets. These types of heaters offer a campfire-like experience and produce a really lovely environment for those seated nearby. They do, however, produce a lot of smoke, which, if inhaled for an extended period of time, can make you feel breathless, odorous (from the continuous stream of smoke), and generally quite unhealthy.
People trying to stay warm around a fuel burner will find it less useful due to practical considerations. It takes some time for these kinds of garden heaters to ignite and reach a comfortable temperature. They are also much more difficult to keep running all night long and require constant maintenance. Additionally, they are less desirable in professional settings where safety and health considerations might take precedence.
Should You Buy or Rent a Patio Heater?
Nothing beats relaxing on your patio while remaining warm and cozy. You cannot, however, remain outside for very long after the sun sets in some circumstances and environments. The temperature drops significantly, and it gets very cold. It can be difficult to leave the house at times, let alone to sit outside and unwind. Interestingly, renting a patio heater will allow you to maximize your available space.
The biggest disadvantage of patio heaters is their price. so, renting is always a good option in the case of a patio heater.
The age-old tip of wearing more clothing is the simplest way to make sure everyone is warm outside, as this will minimize the need for additional heat from your outdoor heating equipment.
Q. Is a Patio Heater Worth It?
Ans. Heaters can change the temperature by 5 to 10 degrees, so they can keep you warm outside even during the chilly winter months.
Q. Are Patio Heaters Safe?
Ans. Yes, patio heaters are very safe for outdoor uses, you just need to know the right techniques to use them.
Q. How Many Patio Heaters Do I Need?
Ans. The unit of patio heaters is based on the size of space you want to cover with heaters.