Written by Julie

What are the differences between the heating elements?

Want to enjoy your garden longer in the evenings without getting cold? You can do that with an electric patio heater. Turn the switch and in no time, the room is heated. Electric patio heaters use various heating elements. In this article you can read all about the different types of heating elements for electric heaters.

In short

Type of heating element Golden tube Halogen Carbon Quartz Heat panel Heatstrip Low glare Golden Shadow Royal Diamond
Heats only people and objects, not the environment. Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Heats both people, objects, and the environment. No No No Yes No No No No No
Heats only the environment. No No No No Yes No No No No
Suitable for open spaces with wind. Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Only suitable for sheltered areas with little wind. No No No Yes Yes No No No No
Emits a relatively large amount of light. Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes

Infrared radiation

An electric patio heater often emits heat via an infrared light. Infrared simply means nothing more than heat radiation. This is similar to radiation that you receive from the sun. There's a heating element in an electric heater. This heating element converts electrical power into heat. We divide infrared radiation into 3 different types:

** Short wave radiation **

  • Heats the person and not the environment.
  • Wind has little influence on the heat intensity of the patio heater.
  • Suitable for windy patios.

** Medium wave radiation **

  • Heats both the person and the environment.
  • Wind affects the heat intensity of the patio heater.
  • Suitable for sheltered patios.

** Long wave radiation **

  • Heats the environment.
  • Wind has a relatively large influence on the heat intensity of the patio heater.
  • Suitable for sheltered terraces.

Heating elements

Heat panel

Heat panel - no infrared radiation

  • A Heat panel doesn't emit light during heating.
  • This heating element is wind-sensitive, the heat is quickly lost in the wind.
  • Suitable for heating sheltered patios.
Quartz

Quartz - medium wave radiation

  • A quartz heater emits a relatively large amount of light during heating.
  • This heating element is wind-sensitive, the heat is quickly lost in the wind.
  • Quartz patio heaters are inexpensive to purchase.
  • Suitable for heating sheltered patios.
Carbon

Carbon - short wave radiation

  • Carbon patio heaters have little heat loss due to the influence of wind.
  • Carbon heaters emit a relatively large amount of light during heating.
  • A carbon heater has a lower heat intensity than a halogen heater.
  • Suitable for both windy and sheltered patios.
Halogen

Halogen - short wave radiation

  • Halogen patio heaters have little heat loss due to the influence of wind.
  • Haloheaters emit a brighter light than quarts heaters.
  • A halogen heater has a higher heat intensity than a carbon heater.
  • Suitable for heating both windy and sheltered patios.

Low-glare - short wave radiation

  • Low-glare patio heaters have a halogen heating element with a thick coating that ensures a strong reduction of light emission during heating.
  • Due to the thick coating, the heat intensity is lower than with a regular halogen heating element.
  • Low-glare patio heaters have little heat loss due to the influence of wind.
  • Suitable for heating both windy and sheltered patios.
Heatstrip

Heatstrip - short wave radiation

  • A Heatstrip doesn't emit light during heating.
  • In contrast to a heat panel, this heating element is virtually insensitive to the wind, meaning the heat isn't quickly lost in the wind.
  • Suitable for heating both windy and sheltered patios.
Golden Tube

Golden Tube - short wave radiation

  • Golden Tube heaters are Halogen heaters with a gold layer on the heating element, which increases the heat intensity.
  • A Golden Tube heater emits a relatively large amount of light during heating.
  • Golden Tube patio heaters have little heat loss due to the influence of wind.
  • Suitable for heating both windy and sheltered patios.
Royal Diamond

Royal Diamond - short wave radiation

  • Royal Diamond patio heaters are Halogen heaters with a layer of rosé gold leaf on the heating element.
  • A Royal Diamond heater gives a soft, pink glow during heating.
  • Royal Diamond patio heaters have little heat loss due to the influence of wind.
  • Suitable for heating both windy and sheltered patios.
Golden Shadow

Golden Shadow - short wave radiation

  • Golden Shadow patio heaters are Golden Tube patio heaters, but give off less light during heating.
  • Golden Shadow patio heaters have little heat loss due to the influence of wind.
  • Suitable for heating both windy and sheltered patios.

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