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What Is Baseboard Heating And Why You May Need It

What Is Baseboard Heating And Why You May Need It

A baseboard heating unit against a wooden floor and green walls.

Do you find it difficult to keep your home warm during the colder months? Are you tired of paying a fortune for your monthly heating bill? We have the solution for you in the form of energy efficient baseboard heating!

“What is baseboard heating?” you ask. Baseboard heating refers to the process of heating your home's baseboards through either electric or hydronic means. While such an installation may sound costly, the benefits that you will experience in the form of decreased heating bills, lower energy output, and a warmer home in general far outweigh the initial cost of installing your baseboard heater. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the science and benefits of installing a baseboard heater, continue reading!

What is Baseboard Heat and How It Works

Generally, there are two different types of baseboard heaters: convection and hydronic. With a convection heater, air is sucked in using a vent and expelled outward on ground level to heat up the floors to the homeowner’s preferred temperature.

While convection heaters are an excellent way to heat one’s home, the size of the unit requires a significant amount of free space above the baseboards, which makes this type of baseboard heater less desirable than other, more compact units. 

What is a Hydronic Baseboard Heater?

On the other hand, a hydronic baseboard heater can heat the floors of your home while also remaining out of sight and out of mind due to its ability to be installed within the baseboards themselves.

When you hear the term “hydronic,” you probably imagine a scientifically advanced machine. Though the process of heating your home hydronically does indeed involve science, it is actually more simple than the name implies. 

A hydronic baseboard heater is able to heat your floors by warming either water or oil and then transporting the heat throughout your home. As a result, you have a constant supply of warm air and, by extension, perfectly warm, toasty feet, even on the coldest days.

Additionally, when compared to convection heaters, a hydronic heater saves homeowners countless dollars in utility bills due to its ability to quickly heat your home without having to go through several cycles of heating. 

Benefits of Heating Your Home’s Baseboards

There are many benefits that come with installing a baseboard heater in your home. Many people are deterred from the idea of installing a costly system when they already have an HVAC in place. However, the following benefits make the initial cost of purchasing a baseboard heater significantly worth it:

  • Energy Efficiency: With baseboard heaters, you can heat your home in half the time of a typical HVAC system, thus allowing homeowners to save thousands of dollars a year. 

  • Safety Features: While baseboard heaters create a lot of heat, they remain safe to touch in case you bump your foot along its edge. 

  • Lasting Warm Air: In the case of hydronic baseboard heaters, they continue to put out heat long after they have been shut off, and this is due to the long-lasting heat generation by heating the water or oil. 

  • Clean Air Production: Also, hydronic heaters limit the amount of allergens, danders, and other debris as the unit only heats water and therefore does not require any air ducts. 

  • Quiet Heat Output: Simply put, due to their size, baseboard heaters do not make as much noise as typical HVAC systems, which makes them the preferred choice of heating system among homeowners. 

Keep Your Home Warm in the Winter with Pilgrim Plumbing

When experiencing colder weather, installing a baseboard heater is the perfect solution for keeping your feet warm and your electric bill down. 

At Pilgrim Plumbing, we offer our clients everything that they need to keep their most important home appliances in perfect shape. We are the trusted plumbing company for any job, big or small. 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch to learn more about our products and services.

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