Using electric heat can be a good option depending on what the utility costs are in your area. Furthermore, if you use solar panels or a wind turbine, you should tap into your earth-friendly energy by using electric heating. Baseboard heaters are the more common option, but they are not necessarily the best.
The Basic Features of Baseboard Heating
A baseboard gets its name from the fact that it is installed along the bottom of a wall where the baseboard would be. Inside a protective shell, your heater will have a heating element. As air comes in contact with the element, the air absorbs heat and then begins to rise. The rising air pushes cool air down and creates a current of air. While baseboard heaters use 100% of the energy they draw to create heat, the heating element they use can actually cause you to use more electricity than you would need with other options. Thus, baseboard heating might be the more common choice, but you can save money on heating by looking for a heater with a more efficient heating system.
The Cost of Cove Heating
A cove heater gets is name from the fact that it installed near the top of a wall where you would use cove trim. This might sound like an odd place for a heater; after all, doesn't heat rise? No. Hot air rises, but heat is directional. Think of how heat from the sun can stream through your windows even though the sun is high in the sky. Similarly, a cove heater will use a panel coated with vitreous enamel to radiate heat throughout a room. Heat from your cove heater will actually warm your skin, the surface of your furniture, and other objects in your room instead of just warming the air. These objects can then act as heat reserves to continue heating a room even after the heater turns off.
Because a cove heater uses radiant heat, it actually will heat a room more effectively than a baseboard heater, which means you will save up to 20% on your heating costs.
If you are interested in saving money on your heating, and you want to use electric heat in your home, baseboard heating is not the right choice. It might look odd at first to have a heater near the ceiling, but when you lounge on a couch and feel the luxurious heat warming your skin, you will learn to appreciate the comfort and efficiency that a cove heater provides. Contact a heating professional, like those at Alliance Heating & Cooling LLC, to learn more about these electric heating choices.