What is Baseboard Heating?

‘Tis the season to be super cold…or at least cool. Homeowners recognize the need for an effective means of keeping their homes warm and comfortable, from decades back when people used hearths and fireplaces to the more modern approach of using forced-air heating. Another popular option here is Baseboard Heating.

Baseboard Heaters


An ingenious way to supply heat to a home with either electricity or a hydroponic system. The former utilizes electric resistance to provide heat. As cold air enters the unit, it is warmed and pushed out of the unit.


Hydroponic (hot water) heaters on the other hand use a boiler to heat water and send it through pipes to the appropriate place.


Let’s weigh the pros against the cons so you can make an informed decision


Pros and Cons of Baseboard Heating


Pros –


1.     Upfront purchase and cost of installation are cheap. Depending on the size and voltage, you could get it for about External link opens in new tab or window$25 - External link opens in new tab or window$200. Installation costs about External link opens in new tab or window$762.


2.     It can help you cut down on energy usage if you only use it to heat the colder areas of your home, as opposed to heating everywhere, including places you don't spend as much time in.


3.     Installation is relatively easy and does not require the expertise and time-consuming task of building ducts that forced-air heating requires. For the electric variety, they can easily be built into the main electrical panel in the house or simply plugged into a wall outlet


4.     They don't blow dust around your house, thus, are a rather clean source of heat. Also, they’re super easy to clean. With a vacuum cleaner and a brush attachment, you can get rid of all the dust and lint in your heater.


5.     They are very quiet. This is a welcome relief to the use of loud furnaces.


6.     With regular maintenance and proper cleaning, a baseboard heater can last for a very long time without requiring any major repairs.


7.     It's perfect for use in old houses without a central AC unit.


Cons –


1.     Electric baseboard heating can bulk up your energy bills, especially when used around the whole house.


2.     During the winter, especially in places that get very cold, you can rest assured of getting a huge spike in electricity bills.


3.     You don't have much of a choice when it comes to the placement of these heaters. They require specific places and wall lengths that may not fit in with the décor.


4.     Any mistake in installation or placement can result in the system not heating your home well enough.


5.     Unheated areas such as hallways can get very cold and uncomfortable.


6.     There's a possibility of getting inconsistent heating results with systems that have a built-in thermostat.


7.     You must keep this unit (electric ones especially) far from the furniture or curtains as they could cause a fire.


8.     Heating can be significantly reduced by dirt or debris getting into the fins and blocking airflow.


Ultimately, a baseboard heater is a sound investment. Consider the type, size, and heating capacity relative to your space and heating requirements. For instance, while hydroponic heaters are more fuel-efficient, electric heaters are better for small spaces. Choose one that will suit your space and specific needs.


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