What We Need to Know About Baseboard Heaters


Baseboard heaters may not be popular with homeowners today, but they provide numerous benefits compared to central heating systems. Baseboard heating is efficient, inexpensive to install in new or old homes and cost effective.

What Are Baseboard Heaters and How They Work?

Electric baseboard heaters are zonal heaters controlled by thermostats. These are heating units installed along the base of the wall, underneath of windows, where the heating element can neutralize any cold air that may pass through cracks or from contact with the cool glass. As the air within the heater is warmed, it rises into the room, and cooler air is absorbed into the bottom of the heater.

Baseboard heaters contain electric heating elements wrapped in metal pipes. The pipes are surrounded by aluminum fins to help to transfer heat and run the length of the baseboard heater’s housing. They are rarely placed on interior walls because the basic heating method is to supply heat around the home where the greatest heat loss happens.

To help cooler air on the floor flow beneath and through the radiator fins, baseboard heaters should be placed at least 2 centimeters above the floor’s carpet. The heater should also fit the wall to avoid the warm air from collecting behind it, blotching the wall with dust particles.

Advantages of Baseboard Heaters over Central Heating

Most central heating depends on a furnace powered by gas that sends waves of hot air up through a duct system where it can begin cooling. On the other hand, baseboard heaters do not require a gas-powered furnace. They run on electricity, and only functions in the rooms that need to be heated.

Furnaces can produce loud noises as they activate and have hot air and debris rattle through ducts while baseboard heaters do not do this. They also make homes more comfortable by removing less moisture from the air than central heating systems.

Baseboard Heaters Safety

A metal cover protects the heating coils to keep children or pets from anything that could harm them, as well as keeping flammable debris from getting into the heat source. Most baseboard heaters also have thermal cutout protection switches that will deactivate the heating component if the casing reaches a dangerous temperature.

Here are some safety guidelines that you need to follow to maximize the benefits of baseboard heaters:
* Fire Safety – Avoid placing or leaving flammable objects near the heater.
* Do not block the air flow – When the air flow is blocked, warm air will be trapped near the heater, and it may cause the unit to shut off unexpectedly.
* Leave the thermostat on one setting – Try not to turn the thermostat up to heat the room quickly because this might be a fire hazard.

To learn more about baseboard heaters, you may contact your HVAC contractor or technician and let them help you decide if you should install one.

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