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The beautiful Mile High City has only a few drawbacks. One is that it gets COLD in the evenings whether it is the summer or winter.
This means you can’t enjoy your lovely patio decks like you once used to in the summer and extend the use of your outdoor space!
To educate you and your family about how to stay warm on your patio and while grilling we’ll go over:
- Requirements and Benefits of a Patio Heater
- Patio Heater Styles and Types
- How Do I Choose the Right Patio Heater for Me?
- Patio Heater Sizing and BTU Recommendation
- How to Safely Install a Patio Heater
Requirements and Benefits of a Patio Heater
Electric patio heaters typically require more power than a standard electric heater that you would find in your home. When you install your patio heater you will need to install a 120v, 220v, or 240v outlet installed outside to accommodate the required energy to operate the patio heater.
Our experienced and certified electricians will evaluate your purchased patio heater and recommend the correct outlet installation whether it is 120v, 220v, or 240v we will be able to help you!
Even if the deck heater is 120v you will want to hire an electrician to install your patio heater safely.
Benefits of An Electric Patio Heater
Electric patio heaters are the most efficient type of patio heater currently available on the market. This is because electric patio heaters convert 98% of their energy use into hot heat to keep you comfortable. This is called radiant heat. Radiant heat is the most effective way to heat because it is transferred directly to the person, animal, or object and is not carried away by the win.
Heat that patio heaters put out is measured in wattage. Some of the largest wattage patio heaters are 2000W to 2970W. A smaller wattage for a normal size space and patio size would be around 1500W. Some of the most notable benefits that a electric patio heater provides is:
- Precise heating controls to maximize comfort potential
- Portable and discrete
- Aesthetically pleasing to an outdoor space
- Safe for You and Your Family
- Infrared Options
Patio Heater Styles and Types
Mounted and or Hanging
These are permanently attached and installed heaters. They can be run by electricity or gas. These options provide the most undercover and hidden heating options available. They do not take up any valuable floor space and leave room for guests, grills, and furniture. Check out this installation we did in Denver for David, the mounted heaters will keep him warm through all seasons. The electric Infratech heaters can be installed with patio covers like the pergola patio cover or a canopy.
Large Freestanding Patio Heater
The typical restaurant-style heaters are commonly seen. Large towers that have a heating component on top. These are run by gas that is in a compartment on the base of the unit.
Small Electric Heater
These have no emissions and are hard-wired or plugged-in installations.
How Do I Choose the Right Patio Heater for Me?
One of the best ways to determine which type of heater to purchase for your home or business is by the square footage of the area you are wanting to heat. When purchasing a patio heater, they are rated in BTU.
BTU or British Thermal Unit is the amount of energy needed to raise one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit (at sea level). The BTU of a heater is helpful in the purchase process because it can tell you exactly what size heater you need for the square footage of the space you are trying to heat.
Patio Heater Sizing and BTU Recommendation
It is ideal to pick the direct amount of BTU recommended for your space so that you are not wasting energy and using more power than you need which can be costly to your bottom line. Instead, pick a BTU that aligns with your square footage and it will work perfectly for your lifestyle.
This chart will identify the perfect BTU outdoor heater for the amount of space needed to heat:
Safely Install an Outdoor Patio Heater
Installing an outdoor patio heater can be difficult, time-consuming, and unsafe. There are problems that may arise during the installation that can harm your home or your own and your family’s safety.
Our electricians are certified technicians and take extensive safety precautions when doing any install, repair, or maintenance. We can install any patio heater that suits your needs. Give us a call today!
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