How to Select
How to select baseboard heaters
When a space heater is not enough to heat the space of your room or apartment, a baseboard heater may really come in handy. Such device will help you heat that one room that is always cold no matter what you do. Not only that, baseboard heater may become a primary heat source for small places such as basements, studies or other tiny rooms that don’t have any central heating devices installed. To select a perfect baseboard heater and make sure such device will satisfy your needs the most, follow our simple guide.
The types of baseboard heaters that exist today can be divided into two main categories: Heaters with electric convection and devices equipped with hydraulic or oil filled heating elements.
Electric heating element consists of many electric coils that heat up like the ones that are installed in a toaster. The warm air that comes from the electric baseboard heaters doesn’t really circulate because there’s no fan installed in such device. This is the main reason electric heaters are less expensive but also less efficient when it comes to heating a room fast. Such devices become the perfect options for small rooms and areas such as basements or staircases.
The baseboard heaters with hydraulic or oil filled heating elements are way more efficient and convenient to use in a house. They are more expensive but despite that offer more useful features that will help you get warm during cold times. The advantages of selecting a heater with hydraulic elements include long-lasting warmth. Since such device heats the oil or water, the liquid heats the room and helps it stay warm long after the device is turned off.
This way, the main difference between both types is that electric devices cool fast after you or the thermostat turns them off while other type provides the room with warmth for a longer lasting period.
When you have decided on what type of heater you prefer for your home, everything else is pretty easy. Just bear in mind that all of the baseboard heaters that exist today offer similar features. For example, electric heaters can run in a line starting from 120V and ending with 240 V. The important thing to remember is that the more powerful the device is the more efficient operation it offers. The electric baseboard heaters are meant to be wired directly into the electric line. So, if you’re looking for a device that can be plugged in any electric socket during cold times, you better look for other options.
The next thing you need to know when selecting a baseboard heater is that such devices don’t heat immediately. This means you won’t get your room heated right away and will have to wait for several minutes and oftentimes for almost half an hour. However, the warmth that you’ll get will last for many hours to come. In addition to that, baseboard heaters have a silent operation that makes them perfect to be installed in bedrooms or nurseries. Moreover, since such devices aren’t equipped with a fan and don’t blow air into the room, they don’t pollute the area with dust and other micro particles that may cause allergies.