CHARLOTTE – Baseboard heat may be a perfect fit for your project or as a supplement to existing heat sources. Installation of baseboard heaters is less intrusive than other options such as running duct work for Central HVAC, perfect for older homes that have limited wall cavity space. Versatility in size allows for a unit to easily be placed for just that extra boost of heat in a colder room such as a bathroom. One limitation to consider is that these heaters take up floor space.
Two main types of electrical baseboard heaters are Convection and Hydronic. Convection are the basic heaters that work like the inside of a toaster. The electricity produces heat in a coil which heats the air directly. Hydronic heaters use electricity to heat fluid filled tubes which creates radiant heat. Both types of heaters can be controlled by an onboard thermostat or a wall mounted thermostat.
There are pros and cons to each type of baseboard heaters. Convection heaters cost less to install but costs more to run. The radiant heat from the hydronic heater means that it takes longer to heat up but the heat lingers longer without using as much electricity. Another important consideration if you have animals or young children, is that convection heaters are hot to the touch long after they are turned off while hydronic heaters feel cooler.
If you have questions about electrical baseboard heat and which type of heater would work for you, give GB Electrical Services a call at (980) 500-2378 or visit GetTheBestElectric.com.