A very convenient and practical alternative to portable patio heater is a ceiling patio heater. One these have been fixed, there is no problem of storage when the season is over, nor is there any maintenance required. You are saving your floor area! Just the flick of a button provides the needed warmth for the comfort of your family and the guests.
One can use gas or electricity for ceiling heaters. Should you already be using natural gas for heating your house, it’ll be a natural choice to use the same for your ceiling heaters of your patio. Else, you could certainly use electric ceiling heaters. You also get them for being used with propane, if you so prefer.
A very efficient way of heating is thru radiation as it heats the objects or the people without heating the air in between. Certain models of ceiling heaters for patios follow this technique. They offer improved efficiency and thus can be used to get the desired results even on windy days.
Different models of ceiling heaters are available for heating your patio. Some are designed to hang from the ceiling. These are provided with suitably designed reflectors to reflect and conserve heat as in the case of portable patio heaters. Natural gas or propane is the most commonly used fuel in such heaters.
Electric ceiling heaters being mounted on the ceiling directly help save floor area. These can safely be used indoors. You may enclose a part of your patio during winters and heat it with an electric heater.
Despite their capacity of heating rather large spaces, the operation of electric ceiling heaters is quite economical. There operation is efficient and they offer a good alternative to gas heating that may not be possible under certain circumstances. Making use of a regulator you may adjust the heat output.
An added advantage of electric heaters is that their operation is almost silent, whereas gas heaters are known to produce a hissing sound while under operation. Usually gas heating system has to be accompanied with a vent to avoid building up of unhealthy environments within the enclosure. Should there be plenty of ventilation one can avoid having a vent but using a gas heating system in an enclosed or even semi-enclosed are necessitates the incorporation a vent in the system.