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Outdoor heaters are a great addition to any outdoor area, as they enable you to enjoy your outdoor space all year round.  

From intimate dinner parties in the winter to making summertime barbecues last that little bit longer, they can be used for many occasions.

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Traditional gas or oil heaters and wood burners used to be the only options available. And even though they can still provide a decent amount of warmth, the cost of fuel is expensive and their subsequent carbon emissions are far from ideal. What’s more, they can take a while to heat up and aren’t exactly practical in small gardens or enclosed areas.

But in recent years, infrared heaters have become increasingly popular. Powered by electricity, these heaters promise numerous benefits that oil and gas alternatives cannot compete with.

What are infrared heaters?

Although the science and technology behind infrared outdoor heaters might sound complex, it is actually remarkably straight forward and very similar to the sun.

 Essentially, infrared outdoor heaters give off radiated heat which falls within the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Electromagnetic radiation includes everything from radio waves to harmful ultraviolet waves; however, the infrared range used in outdoor heaters is a narrow and specific range that poses no health risks.

In order to generate heat, electromagnetic waves cause molecules to oscillate and release energy. As opposed to warming up the air like traditional oil and gas heaters, this energy is absorbed by surrounding objects like people and furniture. Energy then dissipates and provides even and consistent temperatures to those sitting or standing in the vicinity.

This is a much more efficient way of providing outdoor heat, as time and energy isn’t wasted trying to warm up the cold air, which eventually rises and escapes anyway. You can rest assured that your infrared outdoor heater will generate instant warmth whenever it is required.
To boot, infrared outdoor heaters operate on a low wattage of electricity, which won’t result in hefty utility bills. The absence of fossil fuel also means you won’t be pumping toxic and harmful carbon dioxide emissions into the environment, making infrared patio heaters an attractive eco-friendly option too.