Understanding Patio Heaters
How much do infrared patio heaters cost to run?
A number of factors will determine the running costs of your electric patio heater: most significantly, the efficiency of the heater you choose, the level of heat you need for comfort, and the terms of your electricity tariff. As a general rule, you can expect a cost of between 20 and 30 pence to heat your patio for an hour. For an estimation of the cost of heating your patio with an infrared heater, multiply the wattage of your heater by your hourly electricity tariff rate. For example, if you’re using a Burda 2.0kW Infrared Patio Heater at full intensity and you’re on an electricity tariff where you pay 11p per hour per kilowatt, it will cost you 22p to heat your patio.
What’s the heating span of your electric patio heaters?
At Infrared Heaters Direct you’ll find a wide range of heaters suitable for heating outdoor spaces of all different sizes. Our smallest outdoor infrared heater can heat a span of 9m² and our largest patio heater covers an area of 44m².
How long do infrared patio heaters take to deliver?
All our best-selling infrared patio heater ranges are available to dispatch with free next working day delivery to mainland UK addresses – please check our delivery terms for details. A number of our more specialist Burda patio heaters are not stocked in our warehouse. Please allow up to two weeks delivery time for these items to be shipped from Europe. Delivery information can be found on every product page.
How waterproof do I need my infrared patio heater to be?
The level of protection against water required by your patio heater will depend entirely on the intended fitting location. The majority of our outdoor infrared heaters are classified as weatherproof, with an IP rating of IP24 or higher. This is sufficient for fitting in most domestic outdoor locations – the right choice for an ordinary back garden. We do have a number of patio heaters which are not classed as weatherproof; the Burda Smart Tower and the Burda Smart IP20 Indoor Infrared Heater are designed to be used in covered locations such as conservatories, garages and marquees. If you’re looking for heaters for more exposed locations, we stock infrared heaters with ingress protection ratings up to IP67. An IP67 heater is classified as waterproof and dust-tight, making them the best choice for exposed or industrial locations. Check individual product pages to find the IP ratings of our heaters.
Where are your patio heaters supplied from?
Our Herschel ceramic infrared heaters are supplied from the Republic of Ireland. The Burda Smart range and the Burda Term 2000 range of patio heaters are supplied from South Korea and Germany respectively.
Are your patio heaters suitable for commercial use?
All our outdoor infrared heaters are suitable for commercial use. If you need any help planning a large commercial heating project, don’t hesitate to get in contact with our sales team for a free quote by calling 0330 880 8383.
How long do your electric patio heaters take to warm up?
Our economy low glare heaters heat up at the touch of a button – almost instantly. This makes them perfect for those spontaneous evenings in your back garden or patio. Our no glare heaters can take up to five minutes to reach full heat output but are more efficient and provide more effective comfort heating. This makes them ideal for regular use in commercial or industrial settings.
What’s the difference between low glare, ultra-low glare and no glare electric patio heaters?
Our patio heaters heat with infrared radiation – a form of heat which provides heat directly, in just the same way that the sun warms the Earth, heating people regardless of the temperature of the air. This makes it one of the most efficient ways to heat outdoors because heat is not lost through breezes or gusts of wind. Infrared radiation is part of the electromagnetic spectrum, and our patio heaters produce a variety of infrared wavelengths from both near and far ends of the scale. The most efficient form of infrared for human comfort heating is far infrared, which warms with a gentle heat and gives off no visible light. Far infrared heat is a natural heat that humans absorb easily, providing optimal heating and warmth from head to foot. This is the form of infrared used in our ultra-efficient no glare patio heaters. At end of the spectrum closest to visible light lies near infrared radiation. Near infrared gives off a red glow and an intense level of heat. Near infrared heat is less easily absorbed by our bodies so, whilst the heat feels intense, you may not feel warm all over – the classic “hot head, cold feet” pub garden sensation. This form of infrared is used in our budget low glare patio heaters. Ultra-low glare heaters also use near infrared but have specially coated reflectors and bulbs to minimise the amount of light produced by the heating elements. They’re the superior choice if you want all of the strong heat of a near infrared product but with no harsh glare. Far infrared heaters are the best choice for applications where you need heat regularly because they will cost less to run and produce a type of warmth that’s comfortable for long-term use. For infrequent use, near infrared heaters may prove more economical because they are cheaper to purchase.
How do I install my electric patio heater?
Within our range of outdoor infrared heaters, you’ll find heaters available for installation in four principal locations: wall mounted patio heaters, free standing patio heaters, ceiling mounted patio heaters and patio heaters for parasols and umbrellas. All electric patio heaters for outdoor installation should be fitted by a professional electrician to ensure safe operation. Installation information for each product can be found on individual product pages.
How can I control my patio heaters?
You’ll find a wide range of heating control devices at Infrared Heaters Direct, suitable for outdoor heaters in both domestic and commercial locations. Our collection ranges from basic push-start buttons to sophisticated remote controllers which you can use to control your outdoor heating from a central location. You can browse our full range of patio heater controllers on our patio heaters accessories page. Individual products may also have built in control features – for example, the Burda Smart Tower, which boasts an integrated dimmer switch. Information about control features can be found on individual product pages.
If you have any more questions about our outdoor infrared patio heaters our expert sales team will be more than happy to provide you with more information. Give us a call on 0330 880 8383 and speak to an expert advisor immediately.