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Different Types of Patio Heaters

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Different Types of Patio Heaters Available

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Patio heaters are a growing trend in Britain and are seen more and more on not only a commercial level, but are also now common domestically too. Great in all seasons, but especially for those long, summer evenings when you want a garden party to extend beyond sunset. They not only provide a level of warmth, but also light and are an attractive addition to an outdoor space. So here, are the different types to look out for this summer.

Electric Patio Heaters:

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Electric heaters use ceramic bricks or nickel chromium elements and may be assisted with a fan to improve heat transfer. The heater consists of a window or wall units and this type of heating is often found in hotel rooms in the form of permanent heaters. These often use a heat pump much like in air conditioning units, to transfer heat to the inside from the outside. Much of the time, these will be found indoors, because of their lower output, lack of harmful emissions and close proximity to electrics.

Gas Patio Heaters:

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Gas heaters use propane, butane or liquefied petroleum gas (oil heating). Gas heaters burn their fuel in the air and produce carbon dioxide, so these heating systems have to be monitored and adapted to the characteristics of the site where they are installed.

For this reason these gas heating systems should be used only in rooms with adequate ventilation. They are usually used outdoors as patio heaters, having the dual advantage of portability and higher power, due to them not being limited by the electrical output. They come in many forms and you can even get table-top models, for those long balmy evenings outside.

Kerosene Patio Heaters:

Kerosene heaters were once common, and are still widely used in some regions. Paraffin is used to heat many unoccupied buildings such as greenhouses, although their usage tends to be discouraged nowadays, due to the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.

There are lots of points to consider when choosing a patio heater, not least where it is to be positioned. Some other key points are: does it need to be waterproof? How often will it need to be relocated or moved? Will you need a timer? What kinds of temperatures are common for your area and how much are you going to need?

Once these have been answered, you should have a great idea about what variety you should purchase.

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