Solaira Alpha Series Infrared Patio Heater
Design - 75%
Features - 69%
Capacity - 71%
Safety - 73%
Energy Efficiency - 60%
The Solaira Alpha Series Infrared Patio Heater is great because you can use it both indoors and outdoors, so your investment pay off doubly!
So far, our website has presented you with reviews for indoor infrared heaters, but these products are also revolutionary for bringing directed heat in outdoor spaces as well. While it may be titillating to know that an infrared heater can reduce heating costs for the 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 Infrared Patio Heater is just the type of product to do that, and we are going to present you its features to see whether it is performing enough for your needs.
The Solaira Alpha Series Infrared Patio Heater is a wall- or ceiling-mounted infrared patio heater, functioning at 120V; it is the reflected heat type of heater, ideal for the outdoors, because it uses short wave infrared light to heat people and objects, not the air around them. The particular product is made from aluminum, and comes in a grey-silver color. It is 16 inches long and 9 inches tall, and uses electricity to function. It has a linear, horizontal design, and 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 this heater 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 interested.
Functioning at 1500 Watts, the Solaira Alpha Series Infrared Patio Heater weighs about 7.5 pounds, and can successfully heat areas of about 110 feet square; in this sense, it is not as efficient as a common indoor infrared heater, but since it is mainly intended for the outdoors and 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, this type of heater 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 is not deterred by other factors. In fact, the product is built such that specifying engineers who install them can adjust and direct specified 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 heater, 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 which will decide whether the heater 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 you need heated, see whether it is outdoor or indoor, measure is size, and consider the current temperature, and what it must be raised to. This is why it is important to purchase a heater that is already designed to heat spaces as large or larger than yours, to look at consumption specifications, compare them with your current heating costs if 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 it uses, and read some customer reviews to see how others judged this product after using it. As for the Solaira Alpha Series Infrared Patio Heater, which is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, we can say that it will be indeed energy efficient for outdoor spaces like a patio, outdoor kitchen, terrace, garden and so on. It functions better with you’re next to a wall or some sort of covering, 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 the heater is well fixed on the wall or ceiling, so it won’t fall over people. The electrical chords also have to be well insulated and out of the way. Moreover, even though it is still efficient during snow or rain 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 it has a satisfying warranty; an infrared patio heater is an investment, and you want to make sure it is worth your savings. With the Solaira Alpha Series Infrared Patio Heater, you get a 1-year warranty that the fixture will be free of manufacturing defects, a 1-year warranty that the wiring and connections are also free of defects. The well-functioning of the heater is also dependent on your maintenance, which implies removing the front glass every 80-100 hours of use and cleaning it, and the reflector with a lint-free cloth. More information about the maintenance of the product comes with purchasing it.
All in all, the Solaira Alpha Series Infrared Patio Heater is a good and reliable product that would be ideal for both personal and commercial use, but it is not the most efficient type of heater for indoor heating.