It is important to choose a heater with a higher waterproof rating if you are planning to permanently install it in an uncovered area because not all of them can handle rain. 

All outdoor electric heaters are weatherproof meaning that they can be installed outdoors. However, most electric patio heaters have an IPX4 waterproof rating meaning that they can only handle splashes of water and need to be installed under a roof. 

It is important to choose a heater with a higher waterproof rating if you are planning to permanently install it in an uncovered area where it will be exposed to rain.

Make sure to use our filters and pick the correct waterproof rating for your installation.

Understanding Water Resistance Ratings

Let's take a look at some of the most common water resistance ratings and what they mean.

The Ingress Protection Ratings (IP) scale is a measure of how resistant an electrical enclosure is to outside elements. Electric heaters can have any number from 0-6 for their dust rating, but all require IPX4 protection in order not be flooded when exposed directly by rain or snowfall because they're designed specifically with outdoor use in mind!

  • IPX4 rating means that the electric patio heater is protected from water splashes from all directions, limited water entry does not prevent the patio heater from operating.
  • IPX5 rating means that the electric patio heater is protected from sustained, low-pressure water jets from all directions, such as light to moderate rain. Limited water entry is also possible but it will not affect regular operation.
  • IPX6 rating means that the electric patio heater is protected from powerful jets of water from any direction, such as heavy rain or water splashing on ship decks. Heaters with this rating are not affected by natural elements and can be safely installed in any location outdoors.

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