Infrared Patio Heaters
If you enjoy entertaining out on the patio but are forced to stay indoors during cooler months, then you might want to think about getting a patio heater to provide a comfortable atmosphere at any time of year. There are many types of patio heaters, including electric, natural gas, and propane. However, you might want to look at an infrared patio heater no matter which fuel source it uses.
Infrared patio heaters are most frequently powered by electricity. The infrared heat works differently from traditional forms of heat. Rather than heating up the air, it heats up objects around it that are currently at low temperatures. Whatever it is directed at, is heated. So, if you are sitting in-line with the heater, you will start to feel warm. Other types of heaters heat the air, and the heated air is what warms you. This type of unit actually heats you up under your skin like the sun does. These types of units are particularly beneficial if you are in a windy area. The traditional heater would heat the air and the wind would blow the warm air away. However, with the infrared heat, you will be warm with or without the wind.
You will be able to utilize your patio any time you want to. If you love to entertain family or friends, you won't have to worry if your guests begin to spill out onto the patio. You will know that they will remain comfortable with the heater keeping the chill away. Your enjoyment of your beautiful backyard area will be able to continue throughout the year. You can commune with nature any time you feel like it.
There are many styles of infrared patio heaters. You can get styles that come on stands or others that can be hung on the wall. There are also styles that are adjustable, so that you can hang them on the wall or place them on the stand at your discretion. You will be able to find a style that works with your décor and makes a beautiful statement of warmth.
The nice thing about electric infrared patio heaters is the fact that you won't need to purchase propane tanks or have a gas line installed and worry about gas leaks. All you need is a simple electrical outlet. Some of these models are also safe to use indoors as space heaters. This can come in handy if your home does not heat evenly and you want to make people comfortably warm in a certain room of your house.
The main disadvantage to the infrared patio heaters is that the heat is not circular, because the air is not getting heated. You have to place it at one end or side of the area and point it in one direction. Some heaters that warm the air can be placed in a more central location and send the warmed air in all directions. The other small disadvantage is that the bulbs only work for about 4000 hours or two years, so it is a good idea to know where to purchase a replacement bulb.
All in all, depending on the type of need you have, infrared patio heaters can be just the thing. If your area is windy, they are especially useful.