Friday, 22 July 2011

Looking at Patio Heaters From Both Sides

Patio is often the main reception for events especially for summer. In winter, people draw back to their homes. With limited space, for some, or expensive porcelains, instead of having a well spent winter, you are there worried on the negative "what ifs." You can still enjoy the warmness of summer in your patio even during winter. This warm embracing feeling can be given by heaters.

There are different types, characteristics, details, and benefits of using heating system. Most heaters are propelled by electricity, propane or natural gas. There are heaters that are comfortable to use and can be easily stored. There are as well those with different designs and shapes. The most common shape is cylindrical.

The often most purchased type of patio heater is propane heating system. The main benefit derived from this type of heater is its ability to consume little amount of energy but still releases enough heat. This leads to saving more money. On the other hand, its downfall is its long-range capability to distribute heat. It can only heat a small area. This setback requires that it should be located to the main floor of events causing obstruction of communication and other activities there from.

The second most common patio heater is electric patio heater. The good thing about this is that it answers to the set back of the propane outdoor heaters. With its automatically adjustable temperature, one can easily cover all corners of your patio being able to share the heat to your entire guest.

Electric patio heater can be place on an area far from the main course of event. You can put it in a corner of your patio because its heat can still reach amazing distance. An electrical patio heater as well can be placed on ceilings or walls. This definitely saves space. This advantage is not true or applicable for all electric heating system. There are electric outdoor heating system whose range is similar with that of propane heaters.

Electric patio heater is also environmentally friendly and is more pro health. It is odorless compared to gas propelled outdoor heating system. It eliminates irritations and allergies for some. You cannot allow gas fresher in your patio.

Many consumers have a stereotype that because this heater is propelled by electricity that it will already gigantically increase your electric bill. It is not like your oven or refrigerator that requires some time before reaching the desired temperature. Electric heater functions by means of infrared radiant heat. This means that it can warm people aside without actually having to wait substantial time to heat up. Then, because its temperature is adjustable or can be regulated, you can just specify the desired temperature.

Since electric heater is located outside, it would also be better if you choose electric heater with fashionable and timely designs. There are those that are specially twisted and curved to bring elegance and classic aesthetics. This will also bring your patio into a new dimension.

Nonetheless, electric patio heater, similar with those propane heating system, has also some disadvantages. There is high humidity on winters. This causes the wirings and other electrical passages prone to being wet. This could probably lead to a larger heater propelled not by electricity but by the house itself. Electric patio heater requires more attention and care. Nonetheless, this does not conclude that propane heaters are safer. Its flammable gas heater that utilizes liquefied petroleum gas can cause unwanted fire as well. This states that both can be safety, as well as dangerous, if proper or negligent actions are accorded into accordingly.

Another setback for electric patio heater is its price. It is more expensive compared to propane heaters. Its price comes with its quality nonetheless. Just ensure that the wirings are well thickly coated. There are cheap electric outdoor heaters but its long range consequences makes you feel sorry for investing on a cheap one.

heaters may come in different types, designs, quality, and price, what counts the most is what make it counts in your patio - its heat. Just ensure that this heat is sufficient and accommodate you and your guests during winters.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Patio Heaters to Fight Coldness Away

It's starting to get cold outside. And you know what would be the possible things to happen when the coldness becomes an extreme freezing temperature. More or less, outdoor activities are about to wait for the next fine weather or when the temperature becomes tolerable.

Yet, before the temperature reach the lowest degree, be sure that you have patio heaters ready to use so anytime you want to spend time in your patio but the weather is freezing, you will have something to keep you warm. Outdoor heater is one of the popular outdoor necessities nowadays because of the comfort it provides during cold moths for people who loved to spend time outside doing outdoor activities.

There are several types of outdoor heating units to choose from such as Umbrella heater, fire pit, chiminea and fire places. Each of these heaters uses different fuel sources like wood, propane, natural gas and electricity.

Well, the most in demand type of patio heater is the umbrella heater because of its many characteristics like portability and efficiency. It comes in floor-standing and tabletop units. A propane patio heater that uses 20lbs. propane tank can heat up area up to 20ft diameter in approximately 10 hours. Electric outdoor patio heaters on the other hand can be used continuously yet it might affect your electricity consumption.

No matter what form of outdoor heating-provider unit you choose it is still best if you spend time doing a research about the type of heater you prefer. Choose the unit very carefully so that you will be happy using it as you can have sufficient amount of heating. Moreover, it will also help you to determine how to use it properly and the safety measures necessary regarding with the unit.

Patio heaters will let you extend the time you want to spend in your patio. It will keep you comfortable as it fights off the coldness giving you a warm ambiance. No doubt that this thing is one of the many things you have to purchase to provide the family the comfort they deserve. This is as valuable as your outdoor furniture for the comfort they provide.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Enjoy the Outdoors - With Patio Heaters Or Propane Heaters

You, being a lover of the outdoors can do no wrong with patio heaters. Patio heaters are not limited to use at home. Why not get some for your office? Then your staff can enjoy the outdoors during breaks and lunches. This gives them another place to hang out and who knows, may even boosts everyone's moral. patio heaters are also popular at outdoor dining spots.

The patio heaters can help those who need to have cigarette breaks out of the office. Smokers smoke outside so the heaters can help them keep warm.

For starters, you will need an electric starter as oppose to matches as the former is safer.

You can expect a coverage of between 10 and 20 feet in radius and between 10 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit raise in temperature.

You can find heaters that are mounted high on the wall in order to facilitate the downwards blowing of the heat. You can also find heaters that are attached to the ceiling. As well, free standing ones.

Heaters that can switch off automatically when it has reached its desired temperature is one that is ideal. For this reason, wood heaters are commonly used. For this type of heater, you can choose to have copper fire pit or stainless steel heater. The flame is well contained by a protective gate. Use your own firewood to save money but be careful about breaking the laws regarding wood combustion.

Cover the your outdoor heaters for protection.

Nevertheless, patio heaters not exactly meant for winters, rather, fall and spring. They work by means of radiated heat, which is more affordable because while the area is warmed up, the air is not heated. Unlike convection, which consumes more energy in order to heat the air and thus giving less heat to the area.

The patio heater may cost up to $300 depending on the features it has. Some of the features are emergency cut off valves, flame controllers, sealed burners and tilt switches. Newer versions of the heaters may have these incorporated features available.

The antique bronze and stainless steel version of the heaters are chic and elegant.

Like the name implies, propane heaters are self contained units that are fueled by propane gas tanks. These heaters look like antique light posts. So you can start to see that the heaters serve a double purpose; besides warming the area, they are decorative items in and of themselves, so much so that they hardly look like heaters.

There are quite a few propane heaters to choose from. It depends on how you want to use it and the layout of the area it is to heat.

The amount of heat a propane heater will release depends on the BTU that is the British Thermal Unit. The highest BTU unit is between 40,000 and 46,000. Thus, the heaters can heat the area of up to 175 square foot.

The BTU is the quantity of heat vital to increase temperature of 1 pound of water by 1 degree fahrenheit. Higher BTU would mean warmer temperature; however, this also depends on the design of the heater to heat certain amount of space.

How much heat you can feel also depends some on the surroundings. When walls and gates can shield the area from the wind and trap heat within, the heating capacity can be optimum.

The propane heaters will need 18 inches clearance on the ceilings.

Propane heaters can also be in a movable version. They come with wheels and therefore useful especially on bad weather days. Therefore, with this type of heater, you can choose between movable or permanent ones. Table top propane heaters are also affordable however, getting the heaters depend on how you intend to use it.

The propane heaters use the same fuel as the ones used for barbeques. They will not require installation by specialists. You will only need them if you are installing heaters that use electricity or gas line.