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Are Baseboard Heaters Effective?

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Baseboard heaters are unobtrusive and surprisingly efficient. Hot air rises while cold air sinks to the ground, and baseboard heating sucks in cold air that sinks to the floor level, heats it using a self-contained heating source, then pushes the warm air out. As that warm air rises, the process continues and heats the room.

Baseboard heaters are considered space savers, since you don't need to have a big oil or gas furnace in your home, and you can have baseboards in individual rooms. That means the temperature in each room can be controlled individually. This gives you more control over heating costs and makes everyone in the house happy.

This type of home heating also requires no extra insulation or ductwork, which saves some money on other home modifications and expenses. You also do not have the expense of cleaning out the ducts regularly. Baseboard heaters require minimal maintenance so there should not be any need for repairs. Once the initial visit for installing baseboard heating is complete, this type of heating should be maintenance-free.

A common myth about baseboard heaters is that they require more energy to heat a room to a desired temperature and to maintain that temperature. While baseboard heaters do take slightly longer than some other home heating systems to reach higher temperatures, they are extremely efficient at maintaining that temperature once it is reached. You can expect to be just as comfortable at your target room temperature without additional expense to maintain it.

Between the lack of maintenance and repair, no fuel deliveries and the ability to control room-to-room heating, baseboard systems are a popular choice. They are also excellent alternatives if landscaping makes access to natural gas pipelines difficult or you do not have a basement or adequate storage space for a furnace or boiler. There is no need to install and maintain ductwork in your home with this type of electric heater.

When you are finished installing the baseboards, close all the doors to the room and open the windows. Then turn the heat on. The reason for this is that the interior of the baseboards will likely have a small amount of protective oils or glosses in them. You have to burn these off initially, which may lead to a noticeable smell and a slight amount of smoke. This is a one time process, though, after which the heat should operate smoothly and without further issues.

If you have limited space, no ductwork, want to keep maintenance costs to a minimum or don't want to add more insulation to your home, baseboard heaters are a viable option.

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