Are you ready for a COLD Winter?!

According to the Farmer’s Almanac (the annual North American periodical published by the Almanac Publishing Company of Lewiston, Maine, famous for its long-range weather predictions) the United States is going to be experiencing a colder than normal temperatures across the majority of the country. The same is true for our neighbors to the north in Canada.

Do not let Mother Nature drive you indoors. Be prepared for the cold! There are many thermometer different Patio Heater options available to keep your outdoor space liveable, even in the harsh winter months. You can hang a wall/ceiling mounted heater in your patio space, or place stand-up heaters throughout your outdoor living space to chase the chill away. If you are more interested in s’mores and cuddling around the fire, a fire pit may be more suited for you. If you need to work in a shop or garage where heating is difficult there are industrial shop heaters that can fix that problem too. Maybe you need heat that you can take with you, tailgating or other outdoor events require portable heaters.

snowbenchNo matter what you’re heating dilemma there is a solution, contact us to learn more about the different patio heating options available.



SNOW!?! on our local mountains this morning, and we are in the So. California desert!

Surprising to say the least. Winter doesn’t show up here until MUCH later in the year. Thankfully we were not caught off guard. We have our outdoor living space equipped with overhead Patio Heaters that keep us nice and warm.

Are you ready for the cold season? Don’t lose the valuable living space of your deck or patio. Call us today to talk about what type of Patio Heater is best for you. We have stand up gas heaters in propane and natural gas. As well as overhead Electric Patio Heaters & overhead    Gas Patio Heaters. Look at the selection at    or contact us before the cold sets in.

Outdoor ELECTRIC Heaters

Outdoor Electric Patio Heaters are available in a variety of configurations.

  • Wall/Ceiling Mounted Heaters
  • Fixed Stand/Pole Mounted Heaters
  • Hanging Heaters
  • Tabletop Heaters
  • Umbrella Mounted Heaters

Outdoor Electrick Heaters

Infrared Electric Heaters work by heating the objects in the path of the invisible radiant heat waves that are produced by the specially designed quartz element. That makes the heaters very efficient because they do not heat the air but instead give warmth to the people and things around it.
People often ask us “How much electricity do these heaters use?” Which is a very good question. Obviously the answer varies from one unit to the next but overall they are extremely efficient. Costing approximately 1/3 of the cost of running propane powered heaters.Outdoor Umbrella Heater

Electric Patio Heaters are also much “greener” than propane or natural gas heaters. With Electric Outdoor Heaters, you can entertain outside without producing the negative environmental effects created by most gas-fired heaters or outdoor fireplaces. Traditional gas heaters are often less than 50% efficient and emit carbon monoxide and other hazardous gases. By contrast, our energy-efficient electric heaters convert over 90% of input energy directly into radiant heat. Making them very energy efficient.

If you are interested in adding Electric Patio Heaters to your outdoor living space or restaurant patio, contact us at

Outdoor Heating for Restaurants

Every restaurateur wants maximize their seating and table arrangements to accommodate as many paying diners as possible. Many restaurants, bars, and other establishments now have patios catering to patrons who prefer to sit outdoors in the fresh air—but of course if that air is too cold, precious business can be lost.

Many have been stuck with the old mushroom-style heaters to warm their patios  Mushroom Heaterand have encountered many problems. They take up space where paying customers could otherwise be seated, and they are usually a headache: they often fail (usually when the patio is full of customers), require substantial clearance to combustible materials, and frequently need to be replaced. And most importantly patrons are not kept comfortably warm.

“Besides being in the way, mushroom-style heaters also have the problem of the propane tank going empty on you,” says Tom Kershaw, owner of Boston’s famed Cheers pub. “It always seems to go on nights when you have a full house outdoors. And they might give you some flexibility if you have tables that you move around and set up in different configurations, but in our particular application the tables are fixed in the same place always, so they definitely wouldn’t have worked here.” “One of the main problems with a mushroom style heater is that it’s a very small area that gets heat,” agrees Kent Anderson, co-owner of Karson Builders, a contractor specializing in restaurant construction. “In colder seasons, people sitting outdoors migrate where the heat is. People pull their tables right under it and congest in that little area.” This of course means much larger areas where patrons aren’t sitting, or worse, where they are seated but complaining and not enjoying their experience.Calcana Heater Front

Thankfully, modern technology has come to the rescue in the form of significantly better infrared heating. Heat sources are wall or ceiling mounted and not taking up valuable floor space. They are more efficient, and can utilize either propane or natural gas. Coverage area is more expansive, meaning the whole patio gets heated. Control of the amount of heat is more precise, so patrons are not stuck with either frying or freezing.

“The controls are inside, and we can change the level of heat,” Cheers’ Kershaw says. “Our previous ones were just ‘on’ or ‘off’. With these, we can put them on ‘low’ if we don’t need them a lot, or we go put them on ‘high’ if we need more heat. So that’s a distinct advantage that we didn’t have in our other heaters.” Obviously the return-on-investment for such technology is rapid, as a full patio can now be utilized with no obstructions and in total comfort.

Cheers is a major tourist attraction—the Cheers Beacon Hill location was the inspiration for the long-running TV sitcom. The Faneuil Hall Marketplace location, only a mile from the Beacon Hill pub, is an exact re-creation of the television show set, and hence draws thousands of visitors a year. The outdoor area seats 70, and shivering patrons were obviously not an option.

“The staff and customers have remarked that these heaters are far superior to the ones we had before,” Kershaw continues. “They’re a 10-foot length, and we have them every 15 feet, so they cover a much larger area. They have a considerably greater capacity.”

“These Calcana heaters allow you to seat people wherever you want, because they’ve got good coverage from overhead,” says Karson Builders’ Kent Anderson. “And you don’t have to worry about a post or a heater in the way.”  “They come in various lengths and various BTU’s, so they’re quite versatile that way,” Anderson continues. “For instance, we just finished a patio that was 60 feet one way and about 40 feet the other way. We were able to accommodate it with three 20-foot heaters, and that worked out quite nice.”

The heaters are available in 40,000 to 75,000 BTUs, have patent-pending variable heat settings, and come in 5, 10, 15 or 20-foot lengths which can be combined to achieve any length or configuration required.

One of Karson Builders’ clients is a large restaurant chain who has established this particular heater as a firm specification. “This chain has asked us to spec the Calcana heaters now, mainly because of the coverage,” Anderson says. “We used to use the mushroom heaters, but they just didn’t get the job done.”

Of course, restaurants aren’t the only businesses making the move to commercial infrared patio heaters. They can also be found at golf courses, ski lifts, valet areas, swimming pool or hot tub areas, or anywhere people gather outside. For comfortably seating a maximum number of paying customers on a patio in chilly weather, the modern and truly cost-effective answer is infrared heating technology.

For more information about infrared heating systems, call (800) 549-5077 or visit the website

Calcana Ceiling Mounted Heater

Outdoor HeatersHow “liveable” is your outdoor space? Can you use it all year? Only part of the year? By utilizing your outdoor spaces you are essentially increasing the liveable square footage of your home.

In many parts of the country the weather is such that there is at least 1 if not 2 seasons that you cannot expect to be able to enjoy your patios and decks because it is just too cold.

We keep our patio warm in the winter months with a Calcana Ceiling Mounted Heater.

Some of the features that set this heater apart are:

  • Overhead and Sidewall Mounting capabilities means you don’t lose useable space on your deck or patio.
  • Easy electronic ignition means no pilot light to fuss with, as simple as flipping a switch.
  • High capacity burners heat space more effectively.
  • No glowing parts means more cost effective, energy is used to create infrared heat and is not wasted creating light.
  • Adjustable heat level, controlled by easily accessible wall mounted control panel.
  • Low clearance to combustibles means that you need less space between your structure and the heater.

Calcana Ceiling Mounted Heater

The Calcana Heater is a great way to transition you from summer to fall to winter and increase your patio’s “Liveability”. It can provide a soft gentle heat when you are just trying to chase away the nighttime chill and can be turned up to high and keep you toasty warm on very cold winter nights. Contact us to learn more about these great units.

Stand-Up Patio Heaters

Patio HeatersHere at are proud to announce our upgraded line of Stand-up Patio Heaters.  We have a great new selection of Natural Gas and LP (Propane) powered heaters for you to choose from.
You can find all of the top brands at

  • Patio Comfort
  • Fire Sense
  • SunGlo
  • And MORE!!

In addition to the best possible selection, you also gets knowledgeable sales and service people who will assess your heater needs and recommend the best fit for your space and budget.
Let us at find the right Stand-Up Natural Gas Or LP Heater for you today and extend your time outdoors into the colder months.

Patio Heaters Take Many Forms – Which One Should you Get?

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Patio heaters are the only way to provide warmth, and the best way of increasing comfort for outdoor social areas of any size. But there are many variables involved in creating this inviting setting. Both the effectiveness and the cost of heating an outdoor space greatly depend upon the type of heater selected, and the way it’s designed.

Overhead style gas or propane radiant infrared heaters give the best result AND the greatest value. They offer the most area coverage, most heat, most efficient energy usage, and the most economical operating cost available.

To ensure a clear, detailed understanding of these factors, we’ll first outline the various other heating alternatives on the market, and then discuss how overhead units operate.

1)   Standing Gas Patio Heaters (mushroom style)

Standing gas patio heaters, as a general rule, have a capacity of 40,000 BTU, stand six or seven feet tall, and have shallow overhead domes that attempt to direct heat downward in a 360 degree radius (often referred to as “mushroom” or “umbrella” heaters). Propane models have a 20 pound gas tank which is enclosed at the base.  40,000 BTU will only effectively radiate heat over a circle about 8 to 10 feet in diameter, with the greatest amount of heat directly underneath within approximately 3 to 4 feet of the heater. A significant amount of heat is lost at the outer edges, resulting in only marginal heat effectiveness at the perimeter.

Drawbacks: These heaters take up a large amount of space, may not be aesthetically pleasing, require substantial clearance from combustible materials, may need to be frequently replaced, and will leave cold spots in large areas. Standing gas heaters have less coverage per BTU capacity than other forms of patio heaters. Some cities have banned the use of propane models due to safety concerns.

2)   Table Patio Heaters

The most portable and least expensive table heaters are propane table heaters. Typically using small one or two pound gas cylinders, some units may offer a connection to larger, refillable cylinders. Maximum heat is typically 9,000 to 11,000 BTU that is equal in heat output to a 1500 watt electric heater. The dome reflector radiates heat within a 4 to 5 foot diameter.

Drawbacks: Very limited coverage due to their small size, the overall long-term reliability of the unit, and poor safety. Not effective in cold weather.

3)   Electric Patio Heaters

Electric patio heaters produce heat very quickly, and are relatively easy to install.

Drawbacks: The illumination of the heated area from the light produced by an electric heater, in addition to high operating costs, and heat output limitations, means that electric patio heaters tend to be limited in terms of use options. The cost of operation can be almost prohibitively expensive in certain areas of the country.

4) Fire Pits

Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are aesthetically pleasing and provide a focal point for guests to gather near. However heating capability is limited if they are being depended upon to warm up a crowd on a cold night, they are difficult to regulate, and create safety hazards. There are three basic types of fire pits:

a)Circular fire pits radiate minimal heat in all directions. Most have legs and a fire screen. Flame and smoke is vulnerable to wind and may be blown back on people, decks, and homes.

b)Chimineas are shaped like pot-bellied stoves, and a short chimney helps divert smoke away from people. A small opening directs heat in just one direction. It does not have the same visual impact that an open flame fire does.

c)Outdoor fireplaces usually have a chimney, but the term is often used to describe any fire pit with legs, and some may even look like an indoor fireplace.

Drawbacks: All outdoor fire pits are primarily used to set a “mood” rather than for practical heating purposes since greatest coverage is typically less than ten feet. Fire pits are not designed for use on wooden decks and should only be used on masonry surfaces.


These heaters use infrared energy to heat the objects beneath them, and the heat is evenly generated and spread uniformly over every surface within their range. Gas or propane powered units have high BTU output and quality reflectors that direct the heat waves over a large area with very little loss compared to mushroom heaters, (therefore generating more heat for less fuel). These heaters are usually suspended overhead, or mounted to a wall or ceiling, taking up zero floor space.  Some models do not produce any visible light as they emit pure heat, efficiently converting natural gas or propane fuel to infrared heat only. One such unit is made by Calcana and has the following features:

  • Easy to operate, just flick a switch
  • No pilot lights!
  • Variable heat settings (Patent Pending)
  • Low clearance to combustible requirements
  • Sleek, architectural design
  • Various lengths and configurations available
  • Available in natural gas or propane Inputs from 40,000 to 75,000 BTU’s/Hr Heavy-duty construction
  • 3-Try Direct Spark Ignition system, with 100% safety shut off Heavy duty, 8-sided aluminum or stainless steel reflector Virtually maintenance free
  • Certified to –40F weather conditions Wind/weather proof enclosed burner chamber Effective in snow/ice melt applications
  • CSA Safety certified for both residential and commercial applications.

The Calcana infrared patio heater is a great choice because it is one of the very few manufactured heaters in the USA, has a clean-lined, unobtrusive design, and directional high heat output. It is a permanently installed heater which can connect to large capacity refillable gas cylinders, or connect directly into a natural gas distribution system. Their exclusive, remote control panel may be put anywhere, within easy reach. The heat control is amazingly fine and accurate, compared to other units that only have basic settings.  The overall craftsmanship and quality of the design is very impressive.

With a better understanding of the operation and features of the various types of patio heaters, you’ll be able to make a smarter purchasing decision, based on your needs and expectations.

Calcana Heaters, Perfect for Residential Patios and Restaurants


These are one of our favorite patio heaters for large residential patios and restaurants.

Calcana heaters have infrared heatwave technology, what this means is that it only heats what it comes in contact with, your body, furniture, food etc..


Safely enclosed flame makes this patio heater work well in hi wind ares.

Fire inspectors favor this heater over all others because there is no open flame.

Very low clearance to combustibles, what this means is you can mount this outdoor heater close to ceilings, walls awnings etc..

Veritable heat range option, you can adjust the heat range any way you feel comfortable. Not many patio heaters do that…

Three lengths to choose from, 10, 15 and 20 foot. Heaters can be linked together to make any length required.

Certified for indoor and outdoor patio applications. Calcana heaters can be safely vented through walls and roofs.

Very economical to operate, Highly efficient reflectors capture the radiant energy and directs it only to the patio areas. One of the most efficient heaters on the market today.

These Calcana heaters are offered in natural gas or propane and are built with 316 stainless steel and we now have a marine grade stainless steel for heater installs on or near salt water locations.

All Calcana patio heaters are CSA certified and have a 1 year warranty.

We at Advanced Systems Co always keep the Calcana outdoor heaters in stock and we manufacture our own mounting hardware.

We Have Electric Patio Heaters for Every Need — Including Yours!

This week’s blog is about electric patio heaters.

We sell several models of electric outdoor heaters, but our favorite is the Infratech brand. These come in several heat ranges (BTU) and voltages.

When you’re thinking about electric patio heaters,  the first thing you must determine is how much power you have available. If you’re thinking about only using your standard 110-volt outlet, keep in mind that it will only power ONE 1500-watt, 5000-btu heater. That’s not a bunch of heat — it will only cover about a 6-foot square.

If you’re thinking of heating a larger area you will need to have high voltage available , 208 or 240 volts. Most call it 220 volt, but there is a difference. It’s best to contact a licensed electrician to determine the power available.

Infratech patio heaters have several heater control switches and  heat regulators. Infratech also manufactures their own low-voltage analog controls with timers and sub-panel relay box. Also available are flush-mount recess cans that allow you to mount your heaters flush and hide them in the ceiling.

We have custom free-standing heater mounting stands that can be portable or bolt directly into the floor, and we can manufacture any custom heater mounts you might need.

All Infratech comfort outdoor heaters can be painted almost any color you might need to match the surrounding environment, but note that there is a two-week lead time and an extra charge for custom painting.

All of our electric patio heaters are infrared. Infrared heaters only warm up what their rays come in direct contact with such as your body, food and furniture.

Infratech comfort heaters come in single- and double-element models, as well as their new Slimline single-element heaters. You can choose models ranging from 1500 watts to 6000 watts.

All Infratech heaters and components are proudly made in Southern California. We at, DBA Advanced Systems Co. are very well trained on almost all electric heaters on the market today, as well as on gas heaters and propane patio heaters.

Feel free to call us at 760-779-1352  and we can discus all of your outdoor heater needs.

We also cary the Solaira infrared brand and Aura Electric heaters as well as Firesense patio heaters and the new Heatstrip patio heaters.

Thank you, from all of us at!