Consider Baseboard Heating
There isn’t any secret that the winters get downright cold and frigid here in the Pottstown, Pennsylvania area. In addition to increasing the insulation in the attic and walls, and upgrading to energy-efficient windows, many homeowners in this area are considering adding baseboard heating.
What is baseboard heating?
Baseboard heating is a system that is installed at the bottom of the walls in a home. It is essential that the heating system is properly fitted to avoid loss of air. If they are not well-fitted, the loss of heat can get expensive.
How is baseboard heating powered?
There are two key types of baseboard heating systems:
- Electric Baseboard Heating: This is the most popular choice in baseboard heating. There are heating elements in metal piping with its own thermostat.
- Hot Water Baseboard Heating: This is also referred to as hydronic baseboard heating and uses a centralized boiler that heats water that circulates through pipes in the baseboard. This is a durable way to heat your home and there is little to no maintenance required. The downside to this type of baseboard heating is that it can take a while for the heat because the water has to heat and then circulate.
How does baseboard heating work?
Baseboard heating works on the basis that hot air rises. As the baseboards heat, that heat rises up through the room. With a ceiling fan blowing downward, a home can be comfortable, cozy, and warm.
What are the benefits to baseboard heating?
There are several benefits to baseboard heating that make it an ideal heating solution. Some of the benefits include the following:
Baseboard heating is built into the baseboards, therefore, it doesn’t require any additional space.
Baseboard heating operates quietly.
Baseboard heating is zone heating and can be adjusted in each room with individual thermostats.
- ENERGY EFFICIENT
Baseboard heating typically requires between 300 to 2000 watts for one room, depending on the size of the room. It can heat a room as small as 50 square feet and up to 200 square feet.
Electric baseboard heating is installed under the windows. Because heat rises, it can overpower any cool air coming from the windows. As the heat rises, it pulls in the cool air and heats it, sending it back out into the room.
Baseboard heating uses convection power that cycles to produce optimal heat temperature before shutting off. Electric-powered baseboard heating disperses the heat evenly and cleanly throughout a room.
- Some baseboard heating is mounted on carpet or wood flooring and doesn’t require air ducts. While it can be easy to install, the need to assure it is well-fitted to the wall is crucial.
Are there downsides to baseboard heating?
Yes, like anything you install in your home, there will be pros and cons to baseboard heating:
- The Cost: Baseboard heading can be expensive to use based on your electrical kWh rates. The better this system is installed, perfectly fitting the wall, the more efficient it will be with your utility bills. If the flooring is draft, this can decline the heat coming from the baseboard heating.
- The Design: With baseboard heating, you need to make sure curtains and furniture are no closer than 6” to the baseboard heating. This can affect your interior design.
- Safety: Electric baseboard heating gets very hot and can be a fire risk when anything gets close or on the unit. Children playing on the floor can be burned if they touch the baseboard heating unit. A water-operated baseboard heating system is safer to touch.
- Dry Heat: Baseboard heating is a very dry heat and can dry the eyes, nose, skin, and throat. Adding a humidifier to each room can relieve this dryness.
Is baseboard heating available to use with gas?
Yes, baseboard heating is available in gas-powered along with electric and water. It is referred to as hydronic baseboard heating like water-powered units.
Is baseboard heating expensive?
The cost to install baseboard heating isn’t any more expensive than having a central HVAC system installed. However, operating the system is expensive.
Is baseboard heat better than central heat?
To heat a large home or a newly built home, baseboard heating would not be the best choice. Stay with the HVAC central style of cooling and heating. For a smaller home, however, baseboard heating can be more economical.
End Of The Day – Keeping Warm!
If you’re curious about baseboard heating, schedule an appointment with 3 to 4 experts and discuss all options. From the baseboard heating to a central HVAC system or stand-alone, window units, each of these has benefits and drawbacks. By reviewing the pros and cons of each, you can make an educated decision that is right for your home and budget.
Drainmen Plumbing Inc is here to answer any questions you have about baseboard heating in Pottstown, PA. Call 484-366-9362 now!