If you’re looking for the best baseboard heater for your home, we have you covered. We’ve researched and reviewed the best options available today from portable, to electric, to hydronic heating. We’ll give you our picks, our testing methodology, and a run down on the pros and cons of each type. Use our guide to make the right choice for your needs so that your home stays warm.
How Does a Baseboard Heater Work?
Baseboard heaters work by drawing cold air from the floor, heating it and then releasing it back into the room where it rises. As the air cool, it descends back the floor where the heater starts the process over again. This convection powered cycle will automatically turn off when the room is at the desired temperature. Baseboard heaters also function using a hydronic system whereby warm, circulating water is used to heat the room.
Baseboard heaters are usually installed beneath windows and are controlled by thermostats. The thermostat is one of the components common to all baseboard heaters. Other such components are water circulation pumps and the baseboard radiators. There are also several safety features that come with all products, such as a pressure relief valve, isolation valves and a drain valve.
The Pros and Cons of Using a Baseboard Heater
Baseboard heaters provide the perfect room by room heating solution, especially if sound is an issue as they run virtually silently due to the lack of a fan in overall design. The installation process does not involve any ductwork, which reduces cost and installation time drastically, and any baseboard heaters don’t even need to be mounted. Additionally baseboard heaters require very little maintenance, apart from occasionally requiring cleaning to remove excess dust and lint from the heaters grill. They are also extremely safe to use, as the built in auto safety cut out function automatically turns off the system in case of overheating, and even restarts the system once the heater returns to a safe temperature.
Additionally, baseboard heaters allow zone by zone heat control, which means that they allow you to control the temperature of each room individually rather than having a standard temperature set for your whole home.
Baseboard heaters need to be placed very strategically, as their exhaust cents need to be left completely open, otherwise they’d pose a fire hazard. Also, they tend to be on the more expensive side compared to other heating solutions.
All in all, baseboard heaters provide a safe and energy efficient solution to your room heating needs. They are also easy to install, with each baseboard heater heating up to 50-200 square feet of space.
It is highly recommended that you consult a professional while installing a baseboard heater, as there are certain regulations that must be followed in the installation process.