Electric Patio Heating

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Old 03-25-14, 09:31 AM
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Electric Patio Heating

I'm looking at 4 Infratech patio heaters that are 4000watts apiece for a home we're building. They come in 208v, 240v, 277v, and 480v.

1. What are the cost/performance advantages of each voltage and;

2. I need variable dimmers for all 4. What the best overall solution?

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Old 03-25-14, 09:36 AM
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The only voltage you will have in a house is 240...so that takes care of that.

As to a "dimmer", you should contact the manufacturer for options. No off the shelf "dimmer" is rated that high in watts. They may have some sort of thermostat that can be used.
 
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Isn't it true that if I'm building a house, I can have any voltage I want?
 
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The other voltages like 208 are something common in industry which is where those types of heaters are most often used. If your house is located near a main power line, look for three wires near the top of the poles, you may get three phase power run to your house but it will probably be at your expense and not worth the effort.
 
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It is not the voltage you need to look at but the BTUs. They are probably close to the same for all voltages.First off the 208 and 240 are both probably ratings for the same heater. When using 208 will give you slightly less heat then when using 240 but you won't have 208 unless you have 3 phase which you won't in a normal size single family house. Unless electric is very cheap where you are you are going to pay much mula for the electric even at residential rates. To get the higher voltages (277, 480) you'll be paying even higher rates for commercial. Cost wise gas heaters usually cost less to operate. In my area about one third of what electric costs.
 
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Thanks all. In North Idaho electricity is very cheap, no gas available and propane is very expensive.

You've convinced me that 240v circuits are the way to go.
 
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Idaho? Yer profile says Maryland...and electric isn't cheap there.
 
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Retirement home, near Sandpoint on Lake Pend Oreille in North Idaho. You remember lakes? They're large holes in the ground that contain water, Mr. Az. A place like Az and completely unlike Maryland where the 2A means something.
 

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Lol...I figured it might be something like that. Lived in Idaho Falls for a while...except for winter I liked it. Holes in the ground that contain water? Around here we call them swimming pools.
 
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You didn't used to work security in DOE did you?
 
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Navy Nuclear Power training at what's now the Idaho National Laboratory.
 
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I worked DOE nuclear security at the DC management level for 15 years, but you must be the only "bubblehead" who can shoot. Me, I was an Army MP Captain.
 
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Actually, didn't finish the training. Was later on amphibs with Marines, Seals, Force Recon, etc. In charge of my ships self defense force 3 different times. Shot pretty much everything anyone had at the time...including 3".50 cannon.

Anyway...back to your question...I doubt you'll find anything to actually adjust the heat output from low to high...unless the company can help.

Just looked at their site...they have controls as well. Good idea to match components whenever possible. I'll bet a call or email to them with what you desire and you'll have an answer in a day.
 
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Thanks for your service. I was in from '79-85' and never got shot at.

Turns out the best solution may be their 2 element heaters. That way all you have is an on/off for each element, sort of a high/low setting. That should be good enough.

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