The Basic Elements of Baseboard Heaters

When it comes to heating your home, you have a number of options to look at. Different heaters work in different ways, and each of them have their benefits. Some heaters just make more sense than others given the application. A whole house furnace does not make sense when you just want a low cost solution to a problem room. Combination heating solutions offer you the flexibility and efficiency you are looking for as well.

A simple solution to household heat is the use of baseboard heaters. A baseboard heater is a heating system that uses convection in order to circulate air from the room. When placed appropriately, the superior design of a baseboard heater can effectively and naturally circulate the air to give you a natural flow. Thermostats are still used, and installed in a per room basis. This room by room installation lets you control every room in your house individually to help conserve energy costs associated with home heat.

The baseboard heater works on a simple principle. The cold air is denser than warm air, thus falls to the lower areas of the room. Usually the air flows in from a windows and drops down to the floor. The baseboard heater is placed in the path of this falling air, and warms the air. This warm air then rises and intermingles with the colder air, and acting as a buffer against the cold. As the air mingles, it tumbles gently across the room, and the final result is a natural feeling warm touch of air rather than a bitter cold slap of air from a drafty window.

Electric baseboard heaters are the most common type of baseboard heater installed in houses today. The low cost installation, and energy consumption of the electric model heater makes it a perfect solution for most people. An electric power cord attaches to a socket in the room, or ties into the electric in the wall or order to power the unit. A small current runs through the device generating a small amount of heat, and emits the heat slowly. The baseboard electric heater is the number one choice for bedrooms due to its quiet operation, low cost installation, and efficiency.

Many homes find that using hydronic baseboard heaters offers a viable solution to home heat as well. Hydronic heaters use water to help hold the heat, and then emit this heat slowly using the same convection principles of an all-air heater. When combined with other heating solutions, homeowners found that the number of times the whole house furnace came on was drastically reduced. Homeowners reported that they felt warmer, and significantly more comfortable with much less energy cost. Because the air is heated as it comes into the house, you can feel an immediate difference between the cold air chill followed by a warm blast of air, and a sudden change in air temperature. The artificial feel of the furnace driven air, or electric radiant heater leaves an unnatural feel and smell to the room.

With low cost of use, installation, and equipment, it’s no wonder baseboard heaters are a common household heating solution.