A Brief Look At The Available Baseboard Heater Options In The Market
Baseboard heaters refer to small heating units which are usually installed along the bottom ends of walls so as to effectively heat a particular room. They are designed in such a way that they heat individual rooms and are normally controlled using a thermostat which is also fitted in each room. As it warms the air in the room, the warm air rises into the room and the cooler air is then drawn to the bottom of the heater so that it is heated again and the cycle is repeated. Technically, baseboard heaters work best when they are positioned slightly below the windows.
There are several baseboard heater options currently in the market and are categorized depending on how they are powered. There are electric baseboard heaters, hot water or hydronic baseboard heaters and the solar powered baseboard heaters.
Electric Baseboard heaters
These are quite common in households and typically contain several electrical heating elements which are covered with metal pipes. The attached pipes usually stretch the length of the heaters housing. The cables inside the housing warm the air until it reaches a particular temperature before pushing it out. They are usually rated according to the space they can warm, this is normally measured in square feet, and they normally run on 240V. To avoid instances of the pipes freezing, it is not advisable to turn off the baseboard heaters off during the winter. Below is an example of an electric baseboard heater,
Product Name: LPC Series Baseboard Heater (2000 W with White Finish)
Product Price:$ 162.40
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Product Details: it is a perfect choice for all residential applications since it can heat up to 200 square foot space. Because it does not have any moving parts, it does provide a very quiet operation while the digital thermostat does allow for easy setting of the temperature figures. The contoured design that’s accompanied with safely rounded end caps and the stylish finishing is bound to complement any interior décor.
These are also called hot water baseboard heaters and normally use water that’s heated by a boiler then distributed to baseboard units which have been fitted in each room. When the hot water is being sent through the piping system, cold water or cool water is sent back to the boiler so that it is reheated once again. They are best used with radiant flooring because the heat pipes can be run under the floor. This type of baseboard system is usually implemented during the construction as it may be a tad complex once other plumbing has been installed. Below is an example of a hydronic baseboard,
Product Name: Heating Edge High Capacity Baseboard (Hydronic)
Product Price: $ 56.75
Product URL: http://is.gd/0cJwou
Product Details: a two foot long baseboard, it does have a unique coil block and mounting system which allows the system to provide high BTUs per hour in any residential home. It is also designed in such a way that it provides a mounting system which does away with the previously detestable hangers and brackets which made its installation quite difficult. With its high output numbers, this baseboard is a perfect fit to use with a condensing boiler so as to achieve high efficiency levels.
Solar Baseboard heaters
These heaters work by capturing the energy from the sun to capture heat and then send it to the baseboard units fitted in each room. Such a system usually includes solar water collectors, some hot water and well fitted pipes to be used for distributing the water to the baseboard units. As the water sent to the baseboards starts to cool, it is sent back to the collector once more for reheating before it is sent back again. Here is an example of a solar baseboard heater,
Product Name: New Wood Version Solar Air Heater
Product Price: $ 899.95
Product URL: http://is.gd/fPv9a0
Product Details: it is 36 inches tall and 60 inches wide with a four inch exit and entry point at the back side of the right module and left hand assemblies. Each has been designed to capture the suns energy from morning hours to late afternoon then converting this energy to heat. With an extreme aluminum heat profile, it does have a very unique curvature which allows for the capture and subsequent transfer of heat to the center of each insert. This particular design prides itself in having a greater overall surface area than any other solar window heater of a similar size.
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