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How to choose a patio heater
Do you want to enjoy your garden optimally and into the late hours? Then a patio heater is a good idea!
A heater provides warmth on your terrace, so that you can sprend more time in your garden. You will always be nice and cosy, even when it cools down. Are you going to buy a patio heater? Then you will notice there are many choices and you will have to take several points into consideration before making a puschase. Below we explain what you should pay attention to and which considerations you should take into account to obtain the best patio heater for your situation.
What kind of area do you want to heat?
First of all come a very, important question - what kind of area do you want to heat? Is a large open space in the garden, a partially enclosed space or a completely closed space? You can imagine that in an open space, the heat dissipates faster and you, therefore, need more power for the same result. We list the options:
Heating open space: Gas
The choice is the widest for open spaces. Both electric and gas heaters are suitable for this. Because the heat is not retained very well, it is best to choose a patio heater with a large capacity. These are generally gas heaters. It is for a very good reason that these are the most used models on a large catering terrace. Would you rather have an electric patio heater? Then look at an electric heater with a high-efficiency heat lamp that dissipates the heat as little as possible.
Heating partially enclosed space: Electric
Do you place the patio heater under a roof and is the space also sheltered on the sides? Then the heater can heat the space more rapidly. We recommend using an electric patio heater for this. The radiation emitted by the electric heater immediately provides a pleasant warmth.
Heating completely enclosed space: Electric
A gas patio heater is unsuitable in a closed space. The gas heater consumes oxygen for combustion, which can create a dangerous situation. In a fully enclosed space such as a garden shed or enclosed conservatory, you should therefore always opt for an electric patio heater. Because the space is closed, the heat is better retained, so you can achieve the desired result with improved efficiency.
Type of patio heaters
Gas patio heater
A gas patio heater is a more powerful device with high power. The heater provides a pleasant warmth and in some cases combines this with an atmospheric flame. The gas patio heater also does not glow. Due to the gas operation, you can easily place the standing gas heater where you need it and you will not be bothered by power cables.
+ Powerful operation
+ Does not give an annoying glow
+ Also available with an atmospheric flame
+ Wireless controls so easy to use and move
- Not suitable for an enclosed space
- More expensive to use
Electric patio heater
Electric patio heaters provide high efficiency and are therefore cheaper to use. The direct heat feels pleasant, so you experience a lot of comfort.These models are suitable for indoor and outdoor use, including on a smaller balcony, on a veranda or in an enclosed space. If you opt for an electric patio heater with wireless remote control, you can easily adjust the heat remotely to suit your wishes.
+ Higher efficiency
+ Easy to use
+ Some models are dimmable and can be controlled remotely
+ Provides a pleasant warmth immediately
- Power cable connection