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How to Choose the Best Outdoor Heater for Your Area

by | Jun 17, 2024 | Blog

As the cooler months draw in Australia, many are considering to purchasing outdoor heaters for their patios and backyards. But with so many options available, how do you choose the best one for your space? This guide focuses on helping you select the ideal outdoor heater to ensure your outdoor areas remain warm and inviting throughout the winter.


What type of outdoor heater is best for alfresco?

There are so many outdoor heater solutions on the market, from stylish panel heaters, gas ceramic heaters, halogen short wave infrared heaters and any other outdoor heaters. So deciding which is the best outdoor heater for your area, could be based on several factors such as whether undercover, accessibility to electricity, and of course, the energy efficiency. Using this buyer guide you will find more cost differences among panel, ceramic and halogen short-wave infrared heaters.

How many heater do you need for alfresco


1. Short-wave infrared heater (Heliosa/Helios Seaside heaters 2000W)

Halogen short wave infrared heaters are one of the most popular and versatile heaters for outdoor use as their high radiant efficiency, typically around 92%. This technology directly heats objects rather than air, meaning it won’t waste heat to warm air. This level of efficiency translates into significant energy savings and cost-effectiveness during the colder months. For example, you only need 2 units of the 2000W Heliosa 66 short wave infrared heater to heat an area of 40 m². In comparison, with another type of outdoor heater – the panel far wave infrared heater – you would need approximately 8 units to heat the same area of 40 m².

Short-wave infrared heaters have also proved popular in large indoor areas with high-ceilings, such as workshops, factories, churches, and conservatories, where the fast heat-up times make them ideal for on-demand heating.


2. Far-wave infrared heater (Panel infrared heaters 2400W)

Far wave infrared heaters aka ‘panel heaters, emits minimal visible light, preserving the aesthetic of an environment while providing warmth. However, they operate with 40-60% radiant efficiency, meaning a significant portion of energy heats the air, making them less effective in open or windy spaces.


3. Medium wave infrared heater (Gas ceramic infrared heaters)

Gas ceramic heaters are predominantly medium wave infrared with 60% radiant efficiency. They work by combustion taking place on a ceramic tile surface with temperatures reaching up to 1000°C. This heat is radiated into the air and down onto surfaces, often with deflectors focusing the heat into an area. These will provide good spot heating but there is still wastage due to the amount of energy used to heat air directly.


What else do you need to know before you buy an outdoor heater?

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Choosing the right outdoor heater involves more than just comparing costs and efficiencies. Here are additional factors to consider:

1. Proper placement and installation

The efficiency of an outdoor heater can be greatly affected by its placement. Optimal placement ensures the heat covers the intended area effectively without wastage. Proper mounting height and clearance must also be considered, especially for wall or ceiling-mounted units.


2. Durability and maintenance

To ensure longevity, choose an outdoor heater made from durable materials capable of withstanding local weather conditions. Stainless steel and weather-resistant components are ideal for preventing rust, corrosion problems and degradation. Additionally, consider the maintenance requirements to keep the heater in optimal working condition.


3. Design and environmental impacts

Outdoor heaters are not just functional; they also contribute to the visual appeal of your space. Modern heaters come in various designs that can enhance the aesthetic of your outdoor area. Look for models that match your decor while providing the warmth you need.

Also, Eco-friendliness is becoming increasingly important in choosing an outdoor heater. Electric heaters, especially infrared models, are generally more environmentally friendly compared to gas heaters, as they emit no pollutants and are more energy efficient.


4. Safety Features

Safety is crucial when it comes to heating elements. Ensure that your outdoor heater has the necessary safety features, and always choose products that meet stringent safety standards and are certified by recognised testing organisations.


Selecting the right outdoor heater is crucial for enjoying your outdoor spaces year-round. By understanding the different types of heaters available and considering your specific needs, you can choose an outdoor heater that offers efficiency, style, and safety. Remember, the right outdoor heater not only provides warmth but also enhances the usability and enjoyment of your outdoor living areas, ensuring comfort throughout the winter months in Australia.

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Please visit our case studies to learn more about Heliosa infrared heaters use in stylish homes & hospitality. You can also experience our heater in one of the available locations near you.

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