Electricity is arguably the most valuable resource we have in our modern society. Without electricity, most of the things we do and rely on on a daily basis wouldn’t be there.
Electric Baseboard Heaters are a type of baseboard heater that uses electricity to heat the room.
Electrical heating baseboards are referred to as convection baseboard heat systems. This is the most common type of baseboard heater, and it’s used to control the temperature of a room.
Each heating unit contains a heating element made up of electric coils. They function similarly to the heating coils in a toaster. When the switch is turned up, the coils heat up and dissipate heat into the room. To control these baseboard heaters, a thermostat is installed on the heater or on the wall. As the room heats up, the air will rise in the room, and cooler air will be drawn into the heater’s bottom. Heat will be radiated from the pipes, fins, and housing as well.
They’re usually used to augment HVAC systems or in places where central heating doesn’t reach, like a basement.
Baseboard heaters that use water to heat are known as hydronic baseboard heaters.
In hydronic heaters, the heat is given by liquid. They can be connected to a central boiler and used in the entire house. The boiler’s heating element warms the water in a sealed system (or oil). Baseboard heating is achieved by circulating warm water through pipes in specific rooms. When the water cools, it returns to the boiler to be warmed. It functions similarly to traditional radiators.
When compared to convection heaters, they take longer to heat up. It will take a little longer to achieve the temperature you want. They do, however, generate more long-lasting heat and will continue to radiate heat even after they have been switched off until the liquid has cooled.
Stand-alone hydronic baseboard heaters are also available.
Regular electric baseboard heaters and hydronic electric baseboard heaters use the same amount of energy to generate heat. Because hydronic baseboard heaters generate heat even after they’ve been shut off (and before the liquid cools), they could save electricity by not having to run as long.
In terms of energy efficiency, both types of baseboard heaters are effective. They convert all of the energy they consume (electricity) into heat.
Electricity, on the other hand, is more expensive than gas. This implies you’ll spend more time using baseboard heaters to heat your home. A standard gas furnace will be the most cost-effective option if you’re heating your entire home. According to the US Energy Information Administration, electric baseboard heating can cost up to four times as much. As a result, many people use baseboard heaters to supplement their heating. Some of these expenditures can be reduced by using zone heating systems.
Baseboard heaters are ideal for zone heating since they can provide heat to separate rooms. You may keep guest rooms or unoccupied bedrooms cooler by simply heating the rooms that are inhabited.
When compared to heating your entire home, this can save you up to 20% on electricity.
You can also save money by constantly operating your baseboard heaters. Baseboard heaters are more expensive to run if you turn them on and off frequently or if you frequently vary the temperature.