The electric baseboard heater uses convection to circulate air. By superior design and proper placement under a window area, the electric baseboard case causes air to flow naturally. The cold air falls from the window area as the warm air rises from the heater, causing the air to tumble gently throughout the room. The electric baseboard heater is the number one choice for low cost installation, and the quiet operation makes it the preferred heater for bedrooms. Cadet recommends a wall-mounted thermostat for optimum performance, or you may prefer the convenience of an optional field mount thermostat kit.
Baseboard heaters aren't the most efficient way to heat a room, but you can get the most from your heaters by knowing how they work and how to use them effectively.
Baseboard heaters use a process called electric resistance to heat a room. The electric cables inside the heater warm the air that passes through it.
As this warm air rises out the top of the heater, it pulls colder air into the bottom. This cycle continues until the air entering the heater reaches the temperature specified by the thermostat.
Using baseboard heaters effectively
The key to baseboard heaters is airflow - anything blocking the flow of air into and out of the heating unit will decrease the energy efficiency.
If you have furniture or draperies in front of your baseboard heaters, move them out of the away. If you have thick carpet, cut away an area around the heater to let air in underneath.
It's also a good idea to vacuum the coils regularly - a coating of dust and dirt can reduce the amount of heat produced, increase the energy consumption and shorten its lifespan.
If you don't want to heat rooms you're not using, turn the thermostat down to 55 degrees - but don't shut it all the way off. Water pipes under the floor could freeze at lower temperatures, and the cold air from the unheated room can seep into the rest of the house.
Generally, a 1500 watt heater will heater a 150 square foot room depending on the room's insulation.