Why Your Old House Should Have Baseboard Heating
Are you the owner of an older home that can get cold and drafty during the winter? Are you tired of being chilly, even after doing as much weatherproofing on your house as possible? Sometimes, the best solution to a problem is to attack it from another angle. If you're not able to add enough insulation to keep you from feeling cold in the winter, you may need a different type of heating. Installing heating elements behind or under your baseboards may be just what you need. Here are some reasons why baseboard heat is good for a room.
Targeted heat: When you turn on your furnace, heat will be sent to every room of your house. Even if one of these is a room that you seldom visit, it will get warmed up just like the rest of the house. Warming up unused rooms can, unfortunately, drive your heating bill up. With baseboard heat, you can have the system set up so that you're only warming certain rooms or certain zones of your house. For example, at night, you might want to set it to warm just your upstairs or just your bedroom. Unlike many forced-air heating systems, you can close the door to unused rooms without worrying about disrupting the heat flow throughout your home.
Unobtrusive: A forced-air heating system requires at least a cursory network of bulky air vents. If your current setup isn't sufficient, it can be costly to have a professional rework the ducts in the hopes that the system works better. Depending on your house's layout and age, you could wind up with air vents in ugly locations or locations that are less than ideal. But by design, with baseboard heat, you'll hardly even notice the vents are there. The heating elements get installed behind the baseboards in the relevant rooms, making the extra warmth the only sign of having the vents put in.
Works with physics, not against it: No heating system is going to be 100% perfect. With a forced-air furnace system, this can be exceedingly obvious. Even though heat rises, many of these systems are designed so that the vents are placed high in the walls or ceilings. As a result, only the top layer of air in a room will be heated, leaving the bottom half or third to be extremely cold. No matter how high the heat is turned up on these things, your feet may still be cold. Baseboard heat works with physics and not against it. The floor area will be warmed first, and the rest of the room's air will be heated when the heat rises. Even if you decide to keep the room temperature a little bit cooler than you would otherwise, you should be able to get away with not needing houseshoes. With your toes feeling warmer, your whole body is likely to feel warmer even at temperatures that would normally send you scrambling for a blanket or a coat.