How Electric Baseboard Heaters Work
Electric baseboard heaters provide efficient, comfortable heating to all areas of your home. These heaters utilize electric heating coils to create the necessary heating, moved throughout the room by convection. Cool air is drawn through the bottom of the unit and warmed by the interior heating coils and fins, exiting through the top of the heater into your room.
Installing Baseboard Heaters
Baseboard heaters are commonly installed beneath the windows in a home. In this location, they can counter heat loss, which occurs when the room’s warm air meets the cold glass windowpanes.
Advantages of Electric Baseboard Heaters
- Electric baseboard heaters can provide heat to areas of a home where the central heating system does not extend.
- The cost to install baseboard heat is less than the cost of installing a central heating system.
- Electric baseboard heaters are installed easily in the areas needed and connected to the home’s electrical system.
- Room occupants can adjust the temperature to their liking without affecting temperatures throughout the home.
- They can be turned off when a space is unoccupied to eliminate energy waste and save money.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are electric baseboard heaters easy to install?
Yes. Electric baseboard heaters should be installed by a professional electrician. Installation is typically quicker and less expensive than many other heating choices.
Can my electric baseboard heater be built into my thermostat?
No, but you can control baseboard heaters by wall-mounted thermostats or built-in stats on the baseboard heaters.
Can electric baseboard heaters cause carbon monoxide?
No. These heaters give off no threat of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Can I paint electric baseboard heaters?
Yes. You can paint your heaters to give your room some character.
Can you put furniture in front of electric baseboard heaters?
Keep your electric baseboard heaters clear of furniture and other obstructions to maximize their performance. Window coverings that hang to the floor should also be avoided so they do not come in contact with the heater.