In simple terms, heating involves the transfer of thermal energy – the energy created as a result of an object's temperature – from one body to another. Outdoor heaters utilize one of two different methods to transfer thermal energy: convection and radiant heat. We break down the difference to help inform educated decisions.
Convection heat occurs when warm air meets colder air. A convection heater operates in a similar fashion to a hair dryer, emitting hot air that mixes with ambient air to raise the average temperature of an area. This works fine in close proximity without external influence, but can be heavily impacted by drops in ambient temperature, or whisked away by wayward winds.
Radiant heat works differently, delivering heat directly from a hot surface to the intended target via infrared radiant heat. This is the method that the sun uses to heat our planet. Rather than heating air, radiant heaters heat the target objects themselves as they come in to contact with waves of infrared light. This makes radiant heat the ideal method for outdoor heating, as it does not rely on the movement of hot air that can easily be dispersed by environmental elements. Plus, any objects (tables, chairs, etc) will also absorb heat, radiating it back towards the people in the area.
Bromic Heating have recognized the difficulty faced by architects attempting to incorporate effective outdoor heating in to the overall theme of a trendy outdoor space, favoring directional radiant heating across our entire range to allow subtle placement at the edge of the desired heating area. This is not to say our heaters prefer to be hidden, with our dynamic range characterized by contemporary styling that is just as likely to thematically tie together a space as fit within it.
We are so confident in the performance of our products that we are offering architects an exclusive incentive to specify our products in an application where they will undoubtedly prove themselves. Specify Bromic Heating as the preferred heating solution in your next project and we will provide you with a FREE Tungsten Smart-Heat™ Portable (RRP $1499) to enjoy in your own outdoor area.