Solaira Alpha Series Ratings
Design - 75%
Features - 69%
Capacity - 71%
Safety - 73%
Energy Efficiency - 60%
The Solaira Alpha Series is great because you can use it both indoors and outdoors, so your investment will pay off in no time!
So far, our website has presented you with reviews for indoor infrared heaters, but these products are also revolutionary for bringing the heat in outdoor spaces as well. While it may be titillating to know that it can reduce the heating costs for your home and provide that extra warmth you and your family need, it can be just as exciting to use a patio heater and be able to enjoy your outdoor relaxation space during the cold season as well. The Solaira Alpha Series is just the type of product to do that, and we are going to present you its features to see whether it performs well enough for your needs.
This is a wall- or ceiling-mounted unit that functions at 120V. It is the reflected heat type of unit that is ideal for the outdoors because it uses short wave infrared light to heat people and objects, not the air around them. This particular product is made from aluminum and it comes in a grey-silver color. It is 16 inches long and 9 inches tall and it uses electricity to function. It has a linear, horizontal design, and it comes with a stainless steel wall mount that can be used to fix it on the wall or ceiling. It is worth mentioning here that it can also be fitted on special posts, so you can adapt the height and direction of the heat according to needs. Such a pole, however, is purchased separately, and you should discuss with your retailer about it if you’re interested.
Functioning at 1500 watts, it weighs about 7.5 pounds, and it can successfully heat areas of about 110 square feet. In this sense, it is not as efficient as a common indoor unit, but since it is mainly intended for the outdoors and it features a different kind of heat production, its performance is indeed satisfactory. An interesting detail that must be mentioned here is that this product, unlike most of its kind, is also made for indoor spaces. It can work in both dry and wet conditions, so it is really efficient for both situations. As mentioned before, it produces short wave infrared lights that convert about 92% of the energy consumed into instant heat that can be controlled and directed.
As such, it does not matter what kind of weather you have outdoors, whether the wind is blowing, or it is raining or snowing because the heat aims straight for objects and people, and it is not deterred by other factors. In fact, the product is built in such a manner that engineers who install it can adjust and direct the heating based on the requirements of the area where it is placed. Although the installation is quite simple and the product is light, professional installation is required.
An infrared radiator, be it the indoor or outdoor type, has to be energy efficient for you to consider purchasing it. But this can differ from product to product, and there are many variables that will decide whether it is efficient for you or not. First of all, where you intend to use it has a lot to do with determining this efficiency. Analyze the space that you need heated, see whether it is outdoors or indoors, measure its size, and consider the current temperature and what it must be raised to. This is why it is important to purchase a unit that is already designed to heat spaces as large or larger than yours, to look at consumption specifications, and even compare them with your current heating costs if it’s needed.
If, on the other hand, you are just interested in finding a good product that does an efficient job and you’re not interested in reducing or maintaining heating costs, then just look at the product’s range, the type of heating that it uses, and read some customer reviews to see how others judged this product after using it. As for this model that is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, we can say that it will be indeed energy efficient for outdoor spaces like a patio, an outdoor kitchen, a terrace, a garden and so on. It functions better if you’re next to a wall or some sort of cover, so it can reflect the heat in more surfaces and thus warm you up good.
There are no risks in utilizing this kind of product. Your main concern lays in ensuring that it is well fixed on the wall or ceiling, so it won’t fall over people. The electrical cords also have to be well insulated and out of the way. Moreover, even though it is still efficient during snow or rain it doesn’t mean that you can leave it exposed to the effects of extreme weather. It should be somehow covered, so that water doesn’t fall directly on it.
When you purchase any product, especially of this type, make sure that it has a satisfying warranty. With this product, you get a 1-year warranty that ensures the fixture will be free of manufacturing defects, and a 1-year warranty that guarantees the wiring and connections are also free of defects. The well-functioning of the radiator is also dependent on maintenance, which implies removing the front glass every 80-100 hours of use and cleaning it and cleaning the reflector with a lint-free cloth as well. More information about the maintenance of the product comes with purchasing it.
All in all, it is a good and reliable product that would be ideal for both personal and commercial use, but it is not the most efficient unit for indoor heating.