Baseboard heaters can be found in all types of homes across the US. They are energy efficient, low profile, quiet, and don’t require any kind of ductwork for installation. There are two main types of baseboard heaters which we will go over below. If you are already living in a home with baseboard heating, or you are thinking of buying or renovating a home with baseboard heating then this page should give you a basic understanding of what baseboard heating is, and some of the pros and cons.
Electric Baseboard Heating System
While all baseboard heating systems will draw some sort of electricity from your home, electric baseboard heaters heat coils or fins inside the housing super quickly to warm a space in an efficient manner. Electric baseboard heaters are sometimes even used in combination with a furnace to provide a more concentrated heat source in specific rooms, while the furnace keeps the majority of the home at a consistent temperature.
Typically electric baseboard heaters run off of 120-volt or 240-volt supplies which are hardwired directly into the circuitry of your home. While small electric heaters can be purchased at a store and use the same technology to heat a cold room, they are not ideal or safe to use on a long term basis. As described briefly above, electric baseboard heaters use an electrical current to heat a series of fins or coils that warm the cold air, which is then pushed out by fans.
Hydronic Baseboard Heating System
The biggest difference between an electric baseboard heating system and a hydronic system is that a hydronic system warms a room by heating a liquid contained inside the coils. An electrical current still has to pass through the coils, so this type of baseboard heating system will also be hardwired into the circuitry of your home.
Once the unit has been turned on, the electric current heats a series of coils that contain either oil or water. The hot water or oil then warms a room using radiant heat, which differs from the electric baseboard heating systems which only use convection heat to warm a room. The hydronic system will use your home’s water lines in addition to the electrical, but even so, hydronic systems tend to be much more energy-efficient than exclusively electric systems.
Pros and Cons of Baseboard Heating
When looking to install or upgrade the heating system inside your home it's best to examine all the options you have available and compare them. Below are some of the pros and cons our team has found throughout the years working with various types of baseboard heating systems.
You can heat every room individually and generally keep the whole house warmer. Homes heated with a furnace are notorious for cold spots and drafts.
In winter, you will continually be using electricity, which will cause your utility bills to jump.
Adding to an existing system is affordable. The individual baseboard heating units are inexpensive, and you can often install them yourself to save even more money
There will be cold spots inside your home. Unless you have the baseboard heating units placed in an incredibly efficient manner there will be cold areas, usually in hallways or seldom-used parts of the home.
Should you have any questions about maintaining an existing baseboard heating systems, or installing a new one don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today!
We are experts at Baseboard Heating System installation and repair here in Colorado Springs. If you have questions about the way your boiler or radiant heating system works, or if it needs repair, we can help. Our knowledgeable staff is up to date on all the different boiler and radiant heating systems and the way that they function, so whatever is heating your home, we can fix it. Contact Jolly Plumbing and Heating, Inc. today.