Alternatives for Baseboard Heater

A baseboard heater is a heating unit that sits near the baseboard against the wall of a room.

Electric Baseboard Heater

A baseboard heater can utilize either electricity or hot water to heat a room. An electric baseboard heater contains a heating element while a hot water baseboard heater utilizes a central water heating system. Baseboard heaters can heat a room while operating at low temperatures, making them safe for households with children or pets.

An electric baseboard heater does not require central heating or duct work. An electric baseboard heater utilizes electric power to create heat while utilizing the circulation heat of a room's air flow to create convection that warms the room. An electric baseboard heater is ideal for sitting beneath a window where it can utilize the natural air flow of the room as warm air rises from the electric baseboard heater to meet the air entering through the window. Most baseboard heaters make minimal noise and cost less to install than an electric central heating system.

Hot Water Baseboard Heater

A hot water baseboard heater is a form of central water heating in which hot water flows through the pipes of each hot water baseboard heater in the house. A hot water baseboard heater is ideal for floor heating when used in conjunction with radiant flooring. Radiant flooring is a form of central water heating in which the hot water pipes run beneath the floor of the house. A hot water baseboard heater features fin tubes that connect the heater to a boiler or other source of central water heating. A hot water baseboard heater uses convection to draw air across the fin tubes through which a central heating source pumps hot water, warming the room. The hot water in the fin tubes circulates between the room and the source of central water heating. A hot water baseboard heater is safer than a steam radiator for households with children or pets.

Portable Baseboard Heater

A portable electric baseboard heater is an individual unit for convenient use in any room of the house. A portable electric baseboard heater has a built-in thermostat and is ideal for use in a house that already has an electric central heating system. A portable baseboard heater can create extra heat in places more susceptible to cold and damp weather such as a garage, basement or attic.

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Chris Passas is a freelance writer from Nags Head, N.C. He graduated from East Carolina University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He has written online instructional articles since September 2009.