Overhead patio heaters save the valuable floor space and reduce the risk of burns and accidents because they are mounted high up and out of the way. These heaters are usually mounted on a wall, ceiling or a beam. Pole mounting or umbrella mounting is also an option for some models.
Overhead patio heaters are generally more efficient because they provide a better-directed heat and wider coverage area.
There are two main types of overhead patio heaters: electric and gas. Gas heaters are more powerful and cost-effective when it comes to operation, however, they require higher clearances and cannot be installed indoors.
Electric heaters are less powerful but more flexible when it comes to installation. Electric heaters can be installed indoors, they require lower clearances, and some models like Infratech W and WD Series can even be recessed into a ceiling.
One of the sub-categories of electric heaters are umbrella heaters, those can be installed right underneath an outdoor umbrella, providing just enough heat to keep everybody underneath is warm and cozy.