Category Archives: Electric Baseboard Heaters

Electric baseboard heaters are zonal heaters controlled by thermostats located within each room of a commercial or residential space. Baseboard heaters contain electric heating elements encased in metal pipes. The pipes, surrounded by aluminum fins to aid heat transfer, run the length of the baseboard heater’s housing. As air within the heater is warmed, it rises into the room, and cooler air is drawn towards the bottom. Deelat’s baseboard heaters are made for durability and longevity, and can be easily installed.

Electric Baseboard Heaters: Tips for Buyers

When it comes to home heating, electric baseboard heaters are a popular choice. They’re cost-effective and attractive – blending in effortlessly with your room’s baseboards – and installation is often efficient and requires only basic electrical know-how.

Yet, not all styles and sizes of electric baseboard heaters are the same, and it’s important that you select the correct type of baseboard heater for your home. A heater with the wrong specifications can cause electrical damage, or more severe problems. This can easily be avoided by understanding baseboard heater basics.

First, you should consider the heater’s wattage, voltage, location in the room, and the number of heaters you will be installing in a room.  Understanding these four criteria is important, and it will help you purchase the correct heater.

Deelat Electric Baseboard Heater
Deelat Electric Baseboard Heater

Heater Wattage

The size of an electric baseboard heater is given in wattage, and this is one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a new heater. For example, 1250-watt heaters are a common type, but there are a wide range of values from 500 up to 4,000 watts or more. You need to match the wattage of the heater to the size of the room. This will ensure that the heater can properly heat the entire room.

If you select something too small, you run the rise of not creating enough heat, and too big can result in overheating. A rule of thumb: Your heater should provide 10 to 12 watts per square foot. This depends on a variety of factors. Generally, newly constructed homes benefit from better insulation and energy efficient materials, and thus, the 10-watt per square foot mark works just fine. For rooms with high ceilings, lots of windows or rooms in older structures, the wattage per square foot should be closer to 12.

So if you had a room measuring 10×12.5 feet, or 125 square feet, you would select a heater in the range of 1250 to 1500 watts, depending on the room’s insulated value.

Traditional Electric Baseboard Heater
Traditional Electric Baseboard Heater

Understanding Heater Voltage

Like wattage, voltage is another important factor to consider when purchasing baseboard heaters. This is a measure that will require, at least, basic electrical knowledge, because you’ll need to match the heater’s voltage to the available voltage where you want to install it.

For instance, 120V and 240V systems are widely available, but they aren’t interchangeable. Using the incorrect voltage can damage the heater itself, especially with hydronic electrical heaters, and cause uneven heating. A 120V on a 240V outlet will only produce a quarter of the heat, while a 240V heater on an available 120V circuit could potentially fry the heating element.

If you’re unsure of the voltage your home can support, you should contact a licensed electrician who can answer that question. Generally, the larger the room, the more volts the heater will need, and for rooms greater than 150 square feet, a 240V and above heater is the way to go.

Installation: Location, Number of Heaters Being Installed

Larger rooms may require more than one heater for proper temperature control, and in most cases, additional heaters can be installed in one space. The biggest thing to consider in these cases is again matching the home’s available voltage, circuit space and amperage to that of the heaters. Generally, a 240V outlet will support two baseboard heaters.

Finally, baseboard heaters provide a ton of flexibility in setup, but there are a few rules that you’ll want to follow. First, choose a location without obstruction, which could include drapes, electrical wiring and carpeting. The carpet should not obstruct the bottom, air-intake of the heater. As far as location, baseboard heaters are often placed on an outside wall, as these walls often lose heat the fastest. This enables the coldest wall to heat first.

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