Baseboard heating can be a space saving and affordable way to heat your home. There are many models of baseboard heaters available in various colors, lengths and fuel types to fit your available space and decorative requirements. If you cannot find a baseboard heating solution that meets your visual requirements, there are baseboard heater covers that can help blend the heater in your existing decoration or room design. When choosing a baseboard heating system, there are three main methods from which you can choose from which are discussed below.
Electric baseboard heating is powered with either 110 or 220-volt electrical connections. Many models can be plugged into an existing electrical outlet if it is not possible to have its own dedicated wiring. They rest on the floor and have a set of coils on the interior. Electricity heats up these coils to produce warmth in its nearby areas. The warm air then naturally rises out of the heater and is replaced by the colder, heavier air. The time it takes to heat a room will depend on both room size and the power of the baseboard heater. However, the heating effect is often slower than that of forced-air heating systems.
Depending on the cost of electricity in your area, this method of baseboard heating may not be economical. However, replacement heaters are both affordable and easy to install in the event of a malfunction. Another major difference between electric baseboard heating and the others is that all the electrical units are independent. If one unit has an issue, the rest should function as they always do.
Another method of baseboard heating is the hot water baseboard heating. These units work the same principles as the electric baseboard heater; however, they use heated water instead of an electrical coil to heat the air around it. The water is heated in a dedicated water heater and then piped through the baseboard heating units throughout the home. This adds a level of versatility when it comes to fuel type, allowing hot water baseboard heating units to run effectively on electricity, natural gas, or propane. However, installation of these baseboard heating systems is more technical and the finished system will require annual purging of both water and air to maintain optimal performance. In addition, if one line or unit in the system fails, the performance of all other heaters on the same water loop may suffer.
If you combine the technology of electric baseboard heating systems with hot water baseboard heating systems, you get what are known as hydronic baseboard heating systems. These systems are self-contained and work with the existing electrical wiring or outlets in the home. A built-in heater and water supply are used to heat the air in the room. Because the water does not travel throughout the home and have a chance to cool, more heat is released into the room without the need of higher temperatures that hot water baseboard heating requires. However, electricity use can still be quite high and the cost of electricity in your area would likely decide if this method would work for you.