Commercial Patio Heating

Benefits of Commercial Outdoor Heaters

Does your business have an outdoor space that goes unused in cooler weather? Commercial outdoor heaters can bolster your restaurant or bar traffic and make your location a year-round destination. If your clientele loves to dine outdoors, make it easy and comfortable for them to do so at your establishment by keeping them warm and cozy even on the chilliest evenings. After all, even though Arizona residents and visitors can enjoy outdoor living year-round, the temperature still drops after dark in the winter months.

When you heat your business’s outdoor area, you can open on more days and stay open for longer hours, even when the weather isn’t necessarily cooperating. When customers realize you are dedicated to keeping them comfortable, they’ll tell their friends and colleagues which will naturally increase your traffic, your business, and your revenue.

Patio heaters aren’t just a good idea for restaurants and bars, although owners of these establishments should absolutely consider heating their outdoor spaces. These systems can also benefit businesses such as:

  • Entertainment and concert venues
  • Public meeting spaces and halls
  • Public transportation stations
  • Daycare centers
  • Schools
  • Parks and recreation areas

Types of Outdoor Patio Heaters

When it comes to commercial patio heaters, business owners can choose from a range of diverse options. This makes it easy to find the system that has the features you want at a price that fits your budget.

Infrared Patio Heater

Infrared patio heaters keep your guests warm while keeping energy usage and costs low. Commercial gas patio heaters offer an effective, permanent solution that will keep customers coming back when they are looking for al fresco dining or outdoor recreation in cold weather. Radiant heating technology can be used to heat objects, such as the ground and furnishings, to create an intense and long-lasting warmth.

Commercial Natural Gas Patio Heaters

Natural Gas Patio Heater - Aqua Science

Outdoor electric heaters are the perfect way to keep your patio open all year long.

Many businesses attempt to make their patio area more inviting with portable heaters, which are inexpensive and convenient. However, it’s important to keep the cost of purchasing propane in mind when you opt for this type of system, as well as the labor involved in moving and storing the equipment. Permanent commercial heaters are often more economical for restaurant and bar owners in the long run.


If you want to create ambiance while warming your patio area, think about a large gas fireplace system that looks and feels just like a traditional wood-burning fireplace. This allows you to override the mess and safety hazard of a fire pit while achieving a similar atmosphere.

Choosing the Right Heater

When selecting a commercial patio heater for your business, space is one of the most important considerations. You’ll need to choose a system that provides even heat to the entire area or identify a smaller area to focus on. The type of heat output will determine the number of heaters required to create the best atmosphere. Convection systems, like a portable ‘top hat’ heater, warm the air around the unit. These types of systems work well when temperatures are mild and the wind isn’t present. Radiant systems, like the sun, heat the objects in a specified area making them less susceptible to wind.

Most systems are designed to be used only outdoors and can be dangerous when used in an enclosed area. However, placing the unit under an awning or covered patio can improve its efficiency.

Other factors to consider include:

  • Manual or electric ignition system
  • Style, including stand-alone, tabletop or mounted systems
  • Material and construction
  • Maintenance costs, such as propane, bulbs, and electricity depending on the type of system
  • Safety features such as automatic shut-off

If you’re looking for a Phoenix professional patio heater, get in touch with the team at Aqua Science today to request a free estimate. We offer a range of propane, gas and electric options, with sleek designs in tungsten and platinum finishes that will fit right into any visual aesthetic. You can even opt for a wireless remote control to keep the temperature at your fingertips.


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