Patio heaters are ideal for those who like to spend a lot of time outside, even in windy and cold conditions. Patio heaters, otherwise known as mushroom heaters or umbrella heaters, radiate heat from the heater screen in a circular motion as the heat travels up to a circular part at the top of the appliance. This creates a powerful warm coverage around an area of space outside, where the patio heater is generally located near, or even incorporated into a patio table to heat the people sitting at it.
Gas Patio Heaters
Patio heaters are most commonly powered by gas, either by natural gas, propane or LPG, also known as liquid propane gas. Gas patio heaters burn the gas on top of the post which is then directed against a metal screen in order for it to radiate out of the heater. Natural gas patio heaters are safer alternatives as the natural gas produces no odour or harmful fumes, and is more economical from there being no need to refill the gas. LPG patio heaters have the ability to heat up in seconds, and produce much lower carbon emissions than other sources of heat.
Electric Patio Heater
However, electric variations of patio heaters are becoming more evident in gardens. The electric patio heater is operated simply by the flick of a switch and most types are wall mounted to provide heat to a smaller, more directed area. This makes them more attractive as they waste less heat and ultimately are more cost effective.
Infrared Patio Heaters
Infrared is another type of electric heat source used to power patio heaters, which is more energy efficient than other sources as it heats objects and people directly without the need to additionally heat the surrounding air. Infrared patio heaters warm to very high temperatures which makes the air in that area warm and comfortable.
Halogen Patio Heaters
Halogen patio heaters are further variations of standard patio heaters which, like other types, are and fast heating, though these also emit a warm subtle light.
Table Top Patio Heaters
A more practical type of patio heater is one which can be placed on the table top of a table. Table top patio heaters allow people to keep their existing patio table and chairs without having to replace them to one which will fit the pole of the heater. As this patio heater is reduced in size, the heat will radiate closer to the table, but still high enough to be out of the way.
Patio Heater Covers
A variety of patio heater covers are available in different styles and different materials to protect the heaters from elements such as rain, frost, snow, and even built-up mildew.
Patio heaters are extremely flexible in what they can do. In addition to heating outdoor areas and providing a source of light, extra components can be added to the heaters such as detachable drinks tables. Another huge benefit of these heaters is the automatic shut off device that comes with most models if the heater overheats; a safety feature ideal for all types of patio heater.
Besides being used domestically in the garden, patio heaters can also be used for businesses such as pubs, restaurants and more industrial environments including warehouses and factories.