In this article we are going to look at how baseboard heaters work, the different types of baseboard heaters, and how baseboard heaters benefits to users.
Baseboard heaters make an ideal heating solution. They require little space and are quiet, safe, and energy efficient. Most electric baseboard heaters range from 300 watts to 2000 watts in power. That can heat up to about 50 – 200 square feet of space. They are also easy to install and can be installed on a room-to-room basis where needed.
How They Work
Electric baseboard heaters are zone heaters and typically installed underneath windows where the heater’s rising air counteracts falling cool air from the window’s glass. Each heater has a thermostat that controls the amount of heat that it emits.
These heaters have metal sheaths encased, that are surrounded by aluminum fins to facilitate the transfer of heat. Baseboard heaters use convection heat, which the heater creates air that is warm from cold air near the floor and it is less dense than cooler air that causes the the warm air to rise. When the warmed air leaves the heater, it sucks in the cooler air back in and warm it again. It can also cause some heat to radiate from the heater’s element and from the building.
Economical, Quiet, and Safe
Baseboards use convection-powered cycle that will continue to heat the room until it is at the desired temperature, and then it will automatically shut off, therefore conserving energy. This also makes baseboard heaters quieter than fan-forced heaters. Another way to save to money is to turn the thermostat down at night or when the rooms are not in use. After the winter, turn the heaters off the circuit breakers to prevent the heater from operating during cool spring and fall nights.
The heater are designed to provide large amounts of “quiet” heat in halls, classrooms and conference rooms where fan noise is distracting and unacceptable. High quality electric baseboard heaters create heat that comes out evenly, and not in intermittent blasts that offers clean, quiet operation, without the noise of a traditional hot water piping system and the noisy blower and dirt of forced-air systems. Models include safety thermal cutout protection switches, that will turn off the heater to prevent overheating. Auto safety features can reactivate the heater when the temperature returns to normal.
Architectural, commercial and industrial baseboard heaters are available with flat top or sloped top cabinets. Sloped top cabinets can prevent objects from being set on top, which could restrict airflow and cause overheating. Keep furniture, drapes, blankets, and other fire hazardous materials away from the heater, this too helps with the efficiency.
Ease of Installation and Maintenance
Some models mount directly on the floor surface, whether it is wood or carpet. Baseboard heaters do not require ductwork, and are easy to install.
The maintenance is typically easy too. The heating element inside the heaters does not have any moving parts, creating a less chance of something breaking down. Usually only requires minor cleaning such as removing the dust and lint from the grill of the heater. To prevent warm air from gathering behind the unit and streaking the wall with dust, make sure that the heater fits tightly to the wall.
The bottom line, baseboards are great when they are only needed for certain areas or rooms for a fraction of the calendar year, or if on occasion to make one or two rooms more comfortable, electric baseboard heat may be a great solution that serve as a cleaner and cheaper means of heating than whole-building heating systems. To find out more about baseboards, please visit us at http://www.heatrex.com/.