If you have a large back garden or patio and you want to heat it up, one or more patio heaters can help you have a cozy evening even on the chilliest of the nights. Patio heating solutions are gas, propane, or electric heaters designed to heat up oudoor spaces. Why do we need them? It is because we love to be outdoor or at least we need to be outdoor for a short while. Isn't it much better to feel warm on the patio while having a call or spending time with the family? Isn't it more comfortable to have a nice warm space on the patio instead of constantly feeling cold while having a cuppa with some friends? And now this is possible at a cost that won't break the bank. For example, you don't need to use a gas heater necessarily - you can simply use electric heaters. These are designed to focus the heat on a certain area. There are also the infrared patio heating solutions, also called radiant heater, which heat up not the air in general but the people in their range. A patio heater is simply an outdoor heater that can heat up the patio; it can be wall or ceiling mounted, or it can be floor-standing. Here are some simple patio heating solutions for home use.4 Simple Patio Heating Solutions for Home useWhen we call these simple patio heating solutions we really mean it - you can simply purchase them and install them, and they work. It is as simple as that. And depending on what your outdoor heating needs are, you can select between a pendant heater, a floor standing heater, or a wall mounted heater. Do you need it to be movable and shed both some light and some heat? Select the floor standing patio heater. Do you want it to be fixed under a canopy and heat up your favorite spot? Choose the wall-mounted patio heater. Do you want it hanging from the ceiling, ready to be switched on when needed? How about the pendant heater. Here are some of the most simple patio heating solutions at home. Wall or Ceiling Mounted Patio Heater in BlackIf you are looking for a wall or ceiling mounted patio heater coming complete with a PIR and with a high IP rating, we recommend this Black Patio Heater with PIR. It has three power settings and it comes with a PIR occupancy sensor so that it heats up the surrounding space only when presence is detected. In this way you don't have to worry about leaving the heater on. What's even better, this has a 4h timer, so at most the heater will stay on for 4 hours after presence is detected. Here are the main specs which may interest you:It covers 25 meter squared, great for heating an outdoor space.It comes in black, easy to blend in. Large size, 1.2m width, for wall or ceiling mounting.IP55 rated, great for outdoor use.It comes with a remote control and it has 3 power settings.It has a PIR sensor and auto shut off/auto start eco setting.It has a 4h timer incorporated and it comes with 1.9m cable. You can purchase this wall/ceiling mounted patio heater here.Pendant Patio Heater with Pull Cord SwitchIdeal for installing underneath a canopy, this IP34 rated pendant heater comes in a silver finish and uses a halogen element. If you need to turn it on, simply pull the cord, and if you need it to be off, pull the cord again. It is a great solution for offering warm heating to seating areas or outdoor patios. You can definitely use this in some sheltered parts of your garden. Here are some of the main features of this pendant patio heater:It comes in a silver finish and has a chain a pull cord switch. It is IP34 rated, safe for outside use under a canopy or roof. It offers heating for approx. 15 square metres.Halogen element Coral pendant heater. Diameter of 42cm and height of 24cm.You can buy this pendant heater at Sparks. Floor Standing Patio Heater with Pull Cord SwitchUsing a halogen element to heat up it surroundings, this Floor Standing Patio Heater also has a pull cord switch for switching on when needed and off when not needed. It is great to offer heating to outdoor patios, seating areas, and sheltered or covered parts of your garden. It is 2m tall and it comes in silver, quite stylish in appearance. If you need it moved in a different location, this can be done quite easily, after making sure it is not plugged in. The area covered by this the heat offered by this patio heater is approx. 20 square metres. It also has two heat settings, in case you need more heat than normal. Here are some of the main specs of this floor standing patio heater:It is a floor standing patio heater with a pull cord switch. IP rated at IP34 for outdoor us under a canopy or shelter.It is 2m tall and it has two heat settings. Heat coverage is approx. 20 square metres.It has a diameter of 50cm for offering heat. This floor standing patio heater can be purchased here.Wall Patio Heater with Bluetooth SpeakerIf you are looking for something a little more interesting when it comes to patio heating, why not try this black wall-mounted patio heater with bluetooth speakers. Why not listen to your favorite music while chilling outside on the patio? This heater has an IP rating of IP65 which makes it suitable for outdoor use, even under rain, and it comes with wireless speaker and remote control. Full instructions and fixings are included in the package. Here are the main features of this wall patio heater with speaker:It comes in black and is for wall-mounting only.Play your favorite music via the wireless speakers.1.5m black power cord included. IP65 rated for exterior lighting. Provides perfect ambience on a chilly evening. It offers heat for 12 square metres. You can purchase this black wall radiant patio heater with speaker here.Further Reading on Patio Heaters at HomeFor further reading on patio heating and heating at home, we recommed the following articles:The beginners' guide to heating solutionsHalogen heaters and infrared heaters for outdoorsWhy infrared patio heaters can be better than gas patio heatersPatio heaters: what are they, how do they work, and where are they usedEnjoy your time in the garden with outdoor heating and lightsAn infrared heater warms a house for life!
Long have the British public retreated back to the stuffy confines of their house due to the weather suddenly turning Arctic on them, and who's to blame them - even a hot chocolate can't fight off the -5 degrees chill outside... Well, we here at Sparks may have found a solution in our selection of infrared halogen patio heaters, which will allow you to enjoy clear, beautiful winter skies from your porch. Problems with using a Conventional Gas Patio Heater for your Garden When it comes to gas heaters the reality is that they're incredibly energy inefficient. A standard 13 kg of natural gas can warm an area of up to 25 square metres for 12 hours, but could heat the same area in an enclosed area for 120 hours. The amount of energy uselessly dissipating in outdoor areas is simply staggering and takes its toll on the environment. The reason for this gross inefficiency is to do with convection, the method through which traditional heaters work. They heat the air and surfaces around your body, eventually leading to your body warming up, almost like a chain reaction. The first problem with this is that it takes quite a while for you to feel the benefits of convection heating, and you don't want to be standing round outside freezing your socks off on a cold winter's evening. And this is just the start; the waste of heat with traditional gas heaters is extraordinary. As a Guardian columnist puts it when discussing the pros and cons of outdoor heaters, traditional patio heaters: ‘Kick out the equivalent emissions of a speeding truck, but unlike with vehicles there is nothing filtering or reducing their polluting gases. In 2008, EU ministers even discussed the possibility of outlawing patio heaters when they realised their wasteful nature. There was an argument that if a car were to be left running for a year it would emit three tonnes of carbon dioxide, yet if the same was done with a gas heater it would produce four tonnes. There is also the price consideration to take into account - gas patio heaters can take £1.20 to run, when compared the average running cost of an electric heater - 15 pence per hour. Still, people don't want to hurry home at the end of a fantastic night, at an outdoor bar for instance, because of the cold, but what is the alternative? Why Infrared Patio Heaters are the way forward Infrared based patio heaters bring all types of advantages to the table, such as in the lack of warming up period you'd get with a gas patio-heater. Infrared heaters heat objects and people directly, by creating a solid movement of heat in the body through optimum blood circulation, which generates a feeling of warmth. The lack of warming up time is just one among many reasons that infrared patio heaters are a fantastic way to heat the exterior areas of your home. The costs of infrared heaters are far lower than that of electrical convection heaters. For instance, 600w of infrared panel would provide the same amount of heating comfort as 1500w convection. The spread of energy is seen to be more 'consistent', meaning that heat is dispersed in a more even way and prevents any annoying 'cold patches'. These are seen with convection heating and often lead to cold air convalescing at the floor level, biting at people's ankles while their upper bodies remain warm. Infrared rays may reduce mould by keeping a relatively even temperature even in an outdoor environment. Health benefits of infrared could include developing immune functionality, detoxing and reducing joint stiffness. Infrared is also seen to be useful in cases with people with health conditions such as asthma or bronchitis. Here is an article outlining what infrared patio-heaters are and the best places they can be used. They are associated with outdoor pubs but can be used across all kinds of buildings and establishments, both commercial and domestic. We at Sparks embrace infrared heaters :) For instance, the 1300K Knightsbridge is a joy to behold and use. An IP24 rated outdoor infrared heat, which is particularly environmentally friendly and eco-efficient when compared to gas heaters. With directional fitting, a 50mm pole bracket supplied, and adaptability for pole mounting for added convenience. This patio heater can heat up your garden exterior or porch this Christmas season, as it can be attached to any area where it is most called upon for. On a similar scale, let's not forget about the BN Thermic 1.5kW patio heater (coming in white or black) with an IP rating of IP55, which is convenient for turning on even when it's rainy or wet outside. Just imagine the merriment people will get from enjoying wonderful frosty nights outside, merrily eating and drinking, protected all the while by some innovative Infrared technology. Now is the time - invest in smart, energy-saving, cost-saving infrared patio heaters this Christmas!
Patio heaters. We all have seen them and enjoyed the warmth they give out. Recently I was walking by a small restaurant in Central London when a "heat of wave" hit me. It was so pleasant to have warm air come my way, since it can be quite chilly these days. As autumn comes in and we're getting closer to the end of the year, the weather becomes colder and colder. It's time for both businesses, restaurants, cafes, night clubs, and also the homeowners to consider some kind of outdoor patio heating. At Sparks we have a great range of heating solutions, and when it comes to patio heaters we rely on BN Thermic with their patio heaters (in white or black) to give us the warm comfort we need when we sit or do things outside on the patio. Patio Heating from BN Thermic for both Domestic and Commercial Applications The HWP2 range of patio heaters from BN Thermic are a stylish means of providing comfort heat in both indoor and outdoor locations. You can have a professional quality patio heater at home or in a commercial application including pub gardens, pavement cafes, golf driving ranges, and restaurants. And what's best about this is that they are completely safe to install and to leave outdoor all year round! Here are some top reasons to use a patio heater: Provide safe, instant comfort heat in outdoor locations. Ensure the maximum use of outdoor facilities even during a cold weather. Minimal maintenance: especially when compared to gas systems! Low running costs by selecting from a range of control options. Smart modern design to complement the external decor. Typical Applications of a Patio Heater Here are some of the most typical applications of a patio heater - both in pictures and in words. Patios – both commercial and domestic; whether at home, at the restaurant, at the shops, or at the cafe, we need to stay warm! Pub gardens - why let your customers freeze while eating their lovely dinner at the pub when you can provide a warm environment for them to enjoy their meal? Pavement cafes - the hot tea or coffee is not enough to make your customers warm; try a patio heater! Golf driving ranges - you know where the golf players stand when they practice - why not make sure they are warm when they use the golf driving range? Nightclub queuing areas - having customers complain when queuing up to get into the nightclub or club is awful! Smoking areas - Maybe not all the smoking areas need heating (we need less smoking!) but at least the most popular areas need to be heated up! Tube stations - see the picture above: why not heat up the tube stations or platforms with a patio heater? How does a Patio Heater work?According to BN Thermic, the manufacturer of the popular HWP2 patio heaters, here's how these heaters work: HWP patio heaters use quartz heat lamps to produce shortwave energy. This energy is directed at the required target area by a precision designed parabolic reflector. Shortwave energy moves in straight lines from the reflector to the target area without heating the air in between. However once the energy is absorbed by solid bodies, which could be objects or people, it is experienced as heat. Shortwave energy cannot be blown off course by breezes and draughts making it ideally suited to outdoor use. As HWP patio heaters are 100% effective the instant they are switched on, there is no need to pre-warm an area. For this reason it is a good idea to use control devices that ensure that an occupied area is not heated. Typically these would be time delay switches or movement sensors. See the ‘controls’ tab for full details of the BN Thermic range of patio heater controls. Patio Heaters - Features and Benefits Ideal for outdoors: the IP55 rating allows the heater to be installed and left outdoors throughout the year. Solid and safe: the construction is of aluminum with a stainless steel safety grille. Long life lamp: High-quality halogen lamp with 7000 hours average operating life. Replacing the lamp: the halogen lamp is easily replaceable. Finishes: choice of black, white or silver finish. Wall or Parasol mounting: Wall mounting bracket and parasol clamp supplied as standard. Heat Efficient: the open fronted design provides a 25% increase in heating efficiency when compared with glass-fronted heaters. Suspension: the convenient rear-mounted lugs facilitate suspension. Easy to control: you can simply use the patio heaters with an existing switch, or you can purchase a push button timer (2mins to 2h setting), a movement sensor (yes, they work with a PIR), or even a dimmer (0-100% heater output - how great is that!). You can safely and securely (and warmly) purchase the HWP2 range of Patio Heaters at Sparks - see the Heating Solutions section.