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How to heat terraces and verandas

How to heat terraces and verandas

The spaces that in everyday life are able to bring the individual back into contact with their own personal privacy are magical places, which have an ethereal dimension of their own and allow you to immerse yourself in a state of relaxation and mental tranquility. Among these, verandas and terraces are vital spots, which should be preserved and exploited to their full potential. The warm seasons are of course the ideal moment to fully enjoy them, times at which the natural warmth of the sun manages to create a relaxed and familiar atmosphere.

Often, however, one would like to recapture this climate even during the harsher seasons, when the need arises to sit down and enjoy a hot drink surrounded not by the winter frost, but by a wave of warmth capable of enveloping all the senses.

For years now this desire is no longer a fantasy, brought to the use of the general public thanks to various solutions in the field of interior and outdoor design. Free standing patio heaters, often found in indoor or outdoor spaces that require more intense heating, immediately come to mind, as well as outdoor stoves, a classic transportable heating appliance. Most of the available models use gas cylinders.

 

Thanks to the advancement of technology in terms of furniture, however, in recent years a new form of heating for these environments is gaining ground, combining refinement of style and efficiency in use. These are infrared heating lamps, which exploit the potential of infrared rays, guaranteeing an effective and safe system for reaching the optimal temperature.

 

There are numerous advantages of this solution covering various aspects:

  • Eco-friendly savings
  • – Security and reliability
  • – Speed in reaching temperature
  • – Ergonomics and refined design

 

Save money by respecting nature

Infrared lamps exploit the physical principle of radiation, which consists of heating an object without losing heat in the air. Instead of heating the air, which is a fluid, and then transmitting the heat via the air to objects that are necessarily colder, infrared lamps transfer the heat directly to the objects, bodies and walls that are part of the environment, transferring the energy needed to warm them up via electromagnetic waves invisible to the human eye. This avoids unnecessarily wasting an immense amount of energy, which would not be effectively exploited.

This means that heat dispersion is minimal compared to a more traditional heating method, and also brings considerable savings because energy consumption is substantially reduced.

Moreover, there is absolutely no emission of carbon dioxide deriving from combustion, resulting in healthier, cleaner and odor-free air.

 

Safety and reliability in a single device

Infrared rays are absolutely safe. This finding is the end point of a long process of research and of numerous medical studies conducted through scrupulous analyses. Moreover, thanks to its ability to simultaneously maintain the same temperature throughout an entire space, it is even superior to traditional heating because it avoids the abrupt transition from a more heated area (near the appliance) to an area that is not yet sufficiently warm, which would happen with a more commonplace device.

Not to mention the advantage of completely eliminating the potential dangers deriving from the uncontrolled combustion of material, from possible damage to the gas supplying cylinder, or from the sudden flaring of naked flames found in common cast iron braziers.

 

Speed in reaching the ideal temperature

Infrared technology, given its very low thermal dispersion, allows the optimal temperature for the space to be reached rapidly, even shortly after switching on the device. Of course, to be able to enjoy a comfortable and rewarding experience there are a few tricks to be aware of.

First of all, the position of the lamps: so that the space can be heated in a uniform and consistent way, unlike patio heaters, it is essential to arrange them along the perimeter of the space that is to be heated. In this way the heat will be emitted from all directions and the temperature of the environment will gradually rise. This applies to closed areas.

If, on the other hand, the lamps are to be placed in an outdoor space the lamps will need to be near the bodies and objects to be heated. This prevents other objects that do not need to be heated being targeted unnecessarily, and the heat will be channelled towards more essential objects.

It is a good idea to choose at least two devices that provide the heat supply. In fact, since infrared only affects what is present in their range of action, it would be impossible to heat the rear of an object or a person’s back without another lamp positioned on the opposite side to fill this gap. Coming from two sources, the warmth will pervade in all directions, just as if you were in an indoor space.

It is also important to choose the right product, considering its power, based on the space in which it will be installed. In this case, the factor to be taken into account is the presence or absence of wind, depending therefore on whether you are in an internal or external space. In fact, the wind is the means by which cold air floods into the space. It will therefore be preferable to opt for greater power, around 700/1000 W / m2, to ensure the device will compensate for the presence of this “disturbing agent”. If instead the installation space is indoors, it will be sufficient to purchase a device that delivers 250 to 600 W / m2. The power is still high, however, because terraces are often lacking in proper thermal insulation that acts as a barrier against the temperature outside, which is why a more substantial wattage is necessary.

 

Ergonomics and refined design

The products of the infrared line cleverly combine functionality and elegance, thus becoming a cross between a useful item and a furnishing accessory. The high quality of the materials combines with great experience of design, creating a product that can be placed in any setting, be it a veranda, a patio, a garden or a terrace.

The numerous forms in which this installation is available are perfectly suited to any solution the customer needs. There are various models from which to choose the right one to satisfy the needs described above.

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