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Feb 18

Different Ways of Keeping Warm in Winter

Q. What are the differences between electric baseboard heaters and electric hydronic baseboard heaters?

A. Electric baseboard heaters consist of an electrical coil (an element a little bit like in an electric oven) surrounded by multiple metal fins. The coil heats up as electricity flows through it, and the fins act to radiate that heat. Since hot air rises, the cooler air from the floor level is drawn in the bottom of the heater, passing over the fins and being warmed, and then rising out the top of the unit.

Hydronic baseboard heaters work in a very similar fashion, but with one important difference. Whereas standard electric baseboard heaters require the element to be running the whole time to warm the air, hydronic baseboard heaters feature a tube filled with oil inside. Once the oil has been heated to the correct temperature, the electric element can shut off, while the remaining heat will continue to warm the air that passes over the tube. Because the element does not need to be running all the time, hydronic baseboard heaters are more energy efficient, and they’re life expectancy is often longer because they are running less frequently.

The same thermostat can be used for both types of unit, making it easy to switch from standard electric baseboard heat to a hydronic baseboard. If you are interested in converting your existing baseboard heat setup or have questions about other types of electric heating, contact us today.

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