Buying a patio heater
You can enjoy time on the patio or decking for longer, even on cooler evenings, with a patio heater. But which one should you buy? Gas fired patio heaters can be placed anywhere really – no cabling of course! An electric heater is generally less expensive to run than a patio heater with a gas cylinder.
Electric Patio Heaters
Electric patio heaters give off heat from a lamp. The type of heat you get, depends on the type of lamp you use
- Halogen lamps – these heat the body and not the surrounding air. Wind will not affect the heat given off by halogen lamps. Patio heaters with halogen lamps give off a red glow.
- Quartz lamps – the surrounding air is heated with heaters that work via quartz lamps. Wind will affect the amount of heat. Patio heaters with quartz lamps don’t give off any light at all.
- Carbon filament lamps – both the surrounding air and the body is heated with lamps with carbon filaments. Won’t be affected by wind quite as much as a quartz lamp. Patio heaters with carbon filaments give off a moderate glow.
Gas Patio HeatersA gas patio heater is cosy and gives off a pleasant type of heat. A gas heater can be placed more or less just where you want it. The one down side to a gas heater is that the gas bottle has to be refilled or replaced once empty.
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