I was told when buying my home to change the baseboard that new ones I could run 3 for one of what I have…I checked out Eagle, Lowe’s excuse me, the range on King is 750-1000 watts, mine says 1000 watts so what am I saving by changing to new ones or should I be looking at a different kind??
To keep costs of installation low, many builders use a high wattage-per-foot electric baseboard heater. This way they use less total feet of element to do the job, at a lower cost. Unfortunately, the elements in this type of unit become very hot. I have witnessed the results of a plastic fiber pillow melting on such a heater.
A lower heat density per linear foot has some advantages: The baseboard length increases, placing heat under more of the outside wall giving a warmer feeling. The lower electric use per foot makes a cooler element for more safety. Electric heat is 100% efficient, so there will be no difference in operating costs between a high-output and low-output per foot heating unit.
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