How to Install Hanging Patio Heaters How to Install Hanging Patio Heaters
If you want to install some hanging patio heaters into your garden, you may be unsure how to proceed. These kinds of patio heaters are a lot smaller than the traditional varieties, and can be operated either by battery, or by using an electrical connection. Putting a hanging patio heater in the garden can be a good idea, but there may be other ways in which you can heat your patio. If you have a large patio, then you might want to use other forms of heating. When you have decided to install your hanging patio heaters, you will need a few household tools, and by following some simple steps you can fit the heaters in very quickly.
Step 1 - Prepare the Area
Before you start installing your hanging patio heaters, you will need to make sure that you can fit the heaters into your garden. Check with your building codes to confirm that you are legally allowed to place the heaters in your garden, as these are now against private building codes in some parts of the country. When you have permission, clear the area and check that there are no plants, wood or paper close to where the heater will go. Sweep the wall and make sure that it is free of debris.
Step 2 - Measure the Space
Take your tape measure, and work out a suitable area for the hanging patio heaters to go. You should ensure that they are not at head-height, as people may walk into them and be badly hurt, and the heaters can also aggravate sinus infections and headaches. You may also want to check that your heaters are not close to any drafts, or in a space without covering, as the heat can be lost in this way. When you have the perfect space for your heaters, mark it out and then drill the holes.
Step 3 - Fit the Hanging Patio Heaters
Take your first patio heater, and screw it into the holes you have drilled. Make sure that it is perfectly level by checking it with a spirit level. You might consider using plastic anchors in the wall, as these can hold the screws more securely, and will prevent the heater from falling. You should then open up the heater, and examine the electrics.
Step 4 - Installing the Electrics
When you are ready, begin by pulling the wires out from the patio heaters. Trail these along the side of the house, protecting them by covering them with plastic tape or conduit. Drill a hole into the wall near to an electrical access point, and push your wires through the hole. You can then pull them through from inside the home. Cut down the wires until they are suitably sized, and then connect them to a plug. You can then push this into the plug socket, and operate it whenever you choose.