Electric baseboard heating is a type of heating system that consists of a series of heaters placed along the walls where they meet the floor. Generally, each room has its own baseboard heater. It draws electricity to warm up a burner, similar to those seen on an electric stove, and the burner passes warmth on into the air.
Electrical baseboard home heating has been around for a long time, but in the past few decades, it has gotten a bit of a bad rap as energy-efficiency has become a key goal among homeowners. Baseboard heaters are simply less efficient than natural gas furnaces and boilers. However, that does not mean baseboard heating does not still have its uses. If you live in an area where winter temperatures are pretty moderate and you only really need to use your heat a few times a year, baseboard heating can be an awesome choice. Here are some of the benefits it may offer in your situation.
You don't have to pay a gas bill.
If keeping your bills as simple as possible is a goal of yours, then choosing electric baseboard heating may allow you to eliminate a gas bill. As long as you also choose electric versions of other appliances, like stoves and water heaters, there will be no reason to keep natural gas flowing to your home. This also makes baseboard heating a good choice if you live in an area where there are no natural gas lines. Having lines run to your home can be expensive, and choosing baseboard heat lets you avoid that expense.
You can pair them with a green energy source.
If you are truly worried about the efficiency of baseboard heaters, you can power yours with a green energy source so the electricity it uses is not even an environmental concern. For instance, solar panels often work well in a moderate climate like yours. You can install some on your roof or in your backyard and use the power they generate to run your heater, along with other electrical components in your home.
You can control each heater separately.
You can have your heating system set up so that you're able to adjust the temperature setting on each baseboard heater independently. This way, if you want a couple of rooms warm but don't care about the temperature in other rooms, you do not have to waste energy heating the entire home. This setup also works well if you and your family members disagree on what's a comfortable temperature. You can keep your room at 72 while someone else keeps theirs at 66 -- and nobody has to compromise their comfort!
Indoor allergens won't be a problem.
Forced air heating is known for its tendency to distribute allergens through the air. If you don't use your heat very often, this can be an even more serious problem because allergens can build up in the ducts while they are not being used and then get tossed out into the home when you turn the heat on again.
Since electrical baseboard heaters do not blow out air, they are a healthier choice for allergy sufferers. With fewer allergens distributed in your air, you should have fewer issues with wheezing and itchy eyes, and you may even be able to reduce your use of allergy medications.
Especially if you live in a rather moderate climate, electric baseboard heating may not be as poor a heating choice as you may have been lead to believe. In fact, it can be a very convenient, healthy choice that enhances your comfort and simplifies your billing.Share
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