Aussies are known for our love of the outdoors, and winter should not be allowed to stop us from enjoying fresh air outside. With the right outdoor heater, you will be able to transform your outdoor space into a nice and warm sanctuary, perfect for lounging with your family and loved ones during the colder months.
Choosing an outdoor heater
Before purchasing your outdoor heater, there are several factors to consider.
Firstly, the space. What is the size of the area? Is the space totally open, or undercover?
Next, what is the function of the area? Do you use it mostly to relax or to entertain? How many people usually use the space, or, if you host gatherings, how many people do you expect to have?
In terms of the type of heating – do you prefer close proximity heating, or targeted radiant heating? One is good for smaller groups or gatherings, while the other is better for a larger group.
Then there is the question of fuel. Gas heaters are often cheaper than electric heaters, but there are also energy-efficient electric heating options. If you go for wood heaters, bear in mind that you will need to have a good supply of firewood to keep it going.
The benefits of radiant heaters
Radiant heaters use infrared waves to transfer heat to targeted areas, directly warming people and objects that are within the direction of the heater. These are usually installed as strip heaters on the ceiling, and are ideal for undercover outdoor areas.
Radiant heaters provide gentle and comfortable warmth that will not diffuse into colder areas, making them especially good for areas with considerable air movement. Also, as they provide targeted heat, radiant heaters are ideal for use in zones or to spot heat a specific area.
Other benefits of radiant heating include:
- You do not have to wait for radiant heaters to warm up as it works almost instantaneously once switched on
- Radiant heaters do not dry out skin
- With radiant heating, you do not waste energy heating areas that do not require warmth
- Also suitable for enclosed areas with little ventilation
- Modern radiant heaters come in simple and stylish design, suitable for any decor
- They are easy to use and low maintenance
Alfresco heaters at Australian Lighting
Whether you need an outdoor heater for your patio, balcony, or backyard, we have a good range of outdoor heating options that will suit your needs.
This Australian made outdoor heater combines ambient infrared heat, dimmable task lighting and mood lighting in one beautifully designed unit. Its Halo Heat™ technology allows it to offer rapid warmth, and can heat the space efficiently without being affected by wind conditions.
Designed to be suspended from flat or gabled roofs, the Fresco Aurora is ideal for external dining areas, verandas and balconies. The best thing is, you can easily control the outdoor heater and all its features with an app on your mobile phone.
The Heatzone infrared heater is made from durable high grade anodised aluminium, and is specifically designed for outdoor heating applications. This is a great option if you want close proximity outdoor heating for your alfresco dining areas, patios, balconies, or outdoor gaming rooms.
This outdoor heater also comes with IPX4 weatherproof rating, allowing it to be exposed to some weather elements.
This Heatwave Pro outdoor heater is a state of the art strip heater, featuring a grooved heating plate to increase heat diffusion, and a high density rock wool backing to reduce heat loss. The Heatwave Pro is IP65 rated and made from corrosion-resistant materials, suitable for undercover outdoor patios.
The heater can be mounted on either a wall or ceiling, and comes with a remote control.
With the right outdoor heater, you can continue to enjoy your outdoor living areas during these colder months. Take a look at our full range of outdoor heaters to find one that suits your requirements. If you need any assistance, get in touch with us today or drop by any of our stores in Melbourne and Sydney!