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5 Best Practices for Using Heatstrip USA Heaters

Posted in: electric heaters, outdoor heaters, outdoor heating systems, radiant heating systems, Heatstrip, Outdoor Appliances

James Moylan

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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If you’ve made the decision to install radiant heat in your outdoor living area and you’ve decided on Heatstrip USA as your provider of those radiant heaters, you might be wondering about how to ensure you make the most of your new heating system. With that in mind, here are five best practices to maximize your Heatstrip USA heaters.

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I.  Understand Radiant Heating

A big part of having success with radiant heating is understanding the basic mechanics of how it works. Rather than heating the ambient air, radiant heating simply affects what’s directly in its path. This can make it a particularly effective and efficient choice for exterior spaces because you aren’t attempting to heat an entire open-air space. Rather, if you want to heat a particular sofa where people frequently sit, simple place a radiant heater above that area. Anything in the path of that heater will heat up, and anything outside the path will remain unaffected.

Again, this is important to know because you have to be in the path of a heater to feel its effects, and this will determine placement of heaters, as well as potentially how many you should install.

II.  Don’t Bother Heating Everything

One of the biggest advantages of radiant heating is that you aren’t committed to heating everything in the space. With proper positioning and placement, you can simply heat what you need heated and leave the rest alone. This means less wasted energy on unnecessary expenditures like heating walkways, utility areas, cabinets or seldom-used areas—all of which contributes to lower operational costs. Make sure, therefore, that the layout and placement of your heaters takes full advantage of this benefit.

III.  Reduce Wind Chill for Maximum Efficiency

While radiant heat warms up anything in its path, you’re still going to feel the cooling effects of wind chill. Therefore, if you want to ensure your exterior space is maximally comfortable, consider adding design features like clear café blinds, roll-up awnings or walls. All this added protection from biting wind chill can help boost the efficacy of your radiant heaters.

IV.  Get the Right Number of Heaters

Unfortunately, there is no hard-and-fast rule about how many heaters should be installed in a job. It depends on the layout of the project, the size of the space, and the specific heating needs of the users in addition to the altitude, prevailing wind and climate.

In general, though, most residential installations take about two to four heaters for an average sized alfresco area, while large commercial areas could conceivably use anywhere from sixteen to twenty-four.

Again, these numbers might not be reflective of your situation. To get a better sense of how many heaters you’ll need, feel free to e-mail info@heatstripusa.com. Provide a short written description of your space or plans, if applicable, and a representative can help you start to nail down specifics.

V.  Consult with an Expert before Purchasing

If you’re new to radiant heating or simply have some questions, make sure to discuss all your options with a qualified professional. This can be a contractor, an electrician, a design and build firm, or a Heatstrip USA representative. Talking through all your questions and your specific home layout can help ensure you get the right kind of heaters, the right kind of accessories and mounting equipment, and the right number of heaters for optimal comfort.

This quick, simple conversation could be the difference between a perfectly optimized heating system and one that’s either needlessly expensive or insufficient for your needs, so don’t be afraid to reach out!

Whether you’re looking to improve an existing outdoor living area or you’re designing one from scratch, radiant heaters remain one of the most popular heating options, and Heatstrip USA is quickly making a name for itself within that market. To optimize your use, just make sure you understand the mechanics that differentiate radiant heaters from other choices, and talk through any questions with an experienced contractor or Heatstrip USA spokesperson prior to install.