Following a very disruptive spring season for the hospitality market, infrared heating experts Tansun is advising hospitality venues to get their outdoor seating areas ready for customers as lockdown guidelines begin to relax across the country. Beer gardens and outdoor areas will be the first areas to get the go-ahead to reopen.
After months in isolation away from normality, people in the UK have seen restrictions start to lift in a few areas and are eagerly awaiting the chance to enjoy the summer months and warm weather in the ways they normally would. This includes spending time in restaurants as they start to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Many will only be able to offer takeaway options, but for those lucky enough to have outdoor seating areas some form of normal will be allowed to return.
It was recently announced that businesses with licences for outdoor seating will be guided about how best to initiate a restricted reopening as part of the first phase of exiting lockdown beginning on June 1st. Experts have also previously stated that the virus appears to spread less easily outdoors because of the ventilation factor and UV rays making outdoor spaces less problematic.
The hospitality sector has been hit harder than most during the pandemic, and has seen thousands of small businesses close to collapse since restrictions were imposed in March. But with lockdown easing, premises without an outdoor licence may also be given ‘blanket permission’ to add seating to help support the industry. Bars and restaurants will need to maximise their square footage in order to comply with social distancing rules, so this means preparing outdoor spaces for some big changes.
With this in mind, venues are being encouraged to make the most of their spaces to make them more enjoyable for the influx of visitors expected over the next few months. Installing efficient and effective outdoor heating to make areas both comfortable and inviting as well as being affordable for businesses is one of the ways they can do this. Outdoor heating also brings the benefit of helping to maximise potential occupancy and trade on cooler evenings and on milder days.
Tansun’s high quality heaters use advanced infrared shortwave technology, which is not affected by air or wind movement, is designed to directly target those who require the warmth. The outdoor infrared heaters are fully IP rated, meaning they are weatherproof and with the range of bracketry that Tansun offers they can easily be mounted and installed into any outdoor area regardless of size, making them perfect for use in social distancing areas.
While conventional electric radiators remain by far the most popular form of heating for internal areas, they are less efficient outdoors. Radiators need to be pre-heated which can dramatically increase energy consumption and as the heat is carried by convection, they are particularly vulnerable to heat loss resulting from free movement of air which also reduces their efficiency. Whilst gas burners are better suited to the outdoor environment, they can also be prone to the same problem of heat loss.
Radiant infrared heaters require no pre-heating and experience minimum heat loss. As a result, radiant infrared heaters can offer an exceptional 96% efficiency compared to other heating methods.
All of Tansun’s products are made in the UK and are designed using premium components. The company has been established for 35 years and pioneered the concept of infrared electric heaters alongside Philips technology. Tansun has the largest range of commercial, industrial and domestic infrared heaters in the world, providing maintenance-free, safe and healthy shortwave heaters for many different types of heating applications.
Tansun heaters are available with a full range of energy-saving controllers which further enhance the efficiency of the products.