Warmer temperatures, blue skies and sunny days draw us out. Is entertainment among the cards and could you think about how your patio area looks and feels? However, here in the UK, since we are located on the west coast of Afro-Eurasia, the largest land mass in the world, we are often at the mercy of temperature changes that create atmospheric instability. Your plans for entertaining in the cool can often be abandoned due to bad weather. That said, you can be prepared for cold evenings or afternoons by adding an infrared heater to your patio area.
Why choose infrared for patio heating? In the first place, infrared panels emit an extremely high ratio of heat as radiant heat. This means that it heats objects directly, rather than heating the air, which conventional heaters do. Infrared heaters can be used in a vacuum or in the atmosphere. An excellent choice for radiators, as they warm you up as soon as you turn them on. It is similar to the sun in that, as already mentioned, they work by heating directly.
The advantages of using infrared compared to conventional types of heating are many. Infrared heaters are capable of providing instant heat to your guests, while they heat up instantly, gas and oil heaters take a while to warm up. The energy they emit affects nearby objects that absorb energy and constantly dissipate it. These heaters do not require fossil fuels to operate and do not produce toxic carbon dioxide. They don’t have fans or other parts that can often be loud and irritating, your garden party will be peaceful and serene.
The most common filament material used for an infrared electric heater is tungsten wire, which is rolled up to provide a greater surface area. A classification of infrared heaters is for the infrared emission wavelength bands. You can check the finer details with your supplier.
First before choosing the patio heater, you will need to think about where to find it. If you have just improved your patio, or are about to do so, place the stove where it will better keep the guests cold. They work particularly well on areas with bridges, as conventional heaters such as fireplaces and ash pits may not be suitable for wooden floors.
Think about the location and environment as bigger may not necessarily always be better. Talk to your supplier about the output, as you don’t want an overwhelming heater that can make your guests or even yourself uncomfortable.
Do not choose the cheapest option, some quartz and halogen heaters promise the same type of efficiency, however, sometimes they have ordinary glass, which can shatter and produce strong shortwave heat.
Infrared patio heaters have become increasingly popular, if you have recently traveled to Europe, especially in the winter months, you will see them used in bars and restaurants in outdoor seating areas. Pubs and clubs now also provide outside heating for smokers.
You can make a really bold statement with a patio. Add color and if you have the correct type of furniture, pierce the color with the fabrics, the new cushions and cushions can change any mood. Lights are a great way to increase the appeal of outdoor entertainment. So keep your guests warm, with a new heater, comfortable in the surrounding environment, well fed and watered, which when added up equates to happy guests and successful evening entertainment.
by Linda Thurlow