When to Consider Electric Baseboard
Electric baseboard heaters are ideal for bedrooms, offices,
and areas in which sound is a concern. Baseboard heaters put out a
silent soft heat; as long as your thermostat is working correctly
the room should keep at a constant comfortable level. If you're
looking for a heater next to a high traffic outside door, try
looking for a fan forced heater.
Can I leave my electric bathroom
heater on during the day when I am not at home?
If your baseboard heater is controlled by a working wall or
built in thermostat the answer Yes.
If you don't have a thermostat or it's controlled by a switch (not
recommended or to code) the answer is No.
What is the best electric baseboard
Sorry - it depends on your needs, a higher the voltage used less
current and less resistance so it's easier for the power to go from
point A to point B.
How many wires do I need to
install bathroom heater?
120 volt electric heater: 1 Hot (Black) 1 Neutral (white) and 1
ground (copper) wire.
240 volt electric heater: 2 Hot (Black) and 1 ground (copper) wire.
When wiring a 240v clothes dryer or stove your need 3 Wires and a
The 3rd wire is a 120 volt power supply for the motor or clock.
What do the wire colors mean?
120 volt has 1 black and 1 white wire connection
Your wires should match
Black to Black (Hot)
White to White (Neutral)
Copper to Green (Ground)
240 volt has either 2 black wires or 1 red and 1 black wire 1 ground
Can I wire the baseboard heater
from both sides?
Yes, this heater can be wired in either the right or left hand
Can I mount the baseboard heater in
front of my existing molding?
No, Liquid filled baseboard heaters are designed for installation in
new or existing construction.
In existing construction, baseboard molding should be removed and
the heaters mounted flush against the wall surface. When replacing
molding allow 1/16” (1 mm) clearance between molding and ends of
Why do I need a thermostat?
Thermostats don't forget to shut the heater off in the morning. If
you use a on / off switch and forget to shut the heater off the
heater will run all day. A thermostat will keep the room at a
constant temperature; some people turn the knob down day and turn it
back up in the morning.
What are the clearances for this
FLOORS & CARPETING: HEATERS
MAY BE MOUNTED DIRECTLY ON ANY FLOOR SURFACE, INCLUDING CARPETING.
WHERE WALL-TO-WALL CARPETS ARE INSTALLED AFTER THE BASEBOARD
INSTALLATION, THE CARPETING CAN BE RUN UP TO THE FRONT AND AROUND
THE HEATER BODY.
FULL LENGTH DRAPES: FOR THE
MOST SATISFACTORY OPERATION OF HEATERS, THE FOLLOWING CLEARANCES
MUST BE MAINTAINED:
1. HANG DRAPES SO THAT, IN USE, THEY EXTEND BELOW THE CENTER LINE OF
THE HEATER, BUT WITH AT LEAST 1” (25mm) CLEARANCE FROM THE TOP OF
THE FINISHED FLOOR COVERING, SUCH AS CARPET, TILE, ETC.
2. HANG DRAPES SO THERE IS AT LEAST 2” (51mm) BETWEEN THE EXTREME
FRONT OF THE HEATER AND THE NEAREST FOLD OF DRAPES, IN THE FOLDED
BACK POSITION (OPEN DRAPE POSITION).
3. HANG DRAPES SO THERE IS AT LEAST 1” (25mm) BETWEEN THE TOP OF THE
DRAPES AND THE CEILING.
SHORT DRAPES: HANG DRAPES SO
THERE IS AT LEAST 6” (152mm) CLEARANCE ABOVE THE TOP OF THE HEATER.
FURNITURE: DO NOT PLACE
FURNITURE AGAINST HEATER. IT IS RECOMMENDED ALL ITEMS BE KEPT A
MINIMUM OF 6” (152mm) FROM HEATER.
How can you tell what your heater's
If you're lucky the heater will still have its original factory
sticker. This will show you the manufacture, the voltage, the amps
and wattage. The voltage should always be rechecked will a voltmeter
- this is a device for testing the voltage from the breaker or fuse
What size heater do I need?
A quick rule of thumb is 10 watts per square foot.
10'W x 12'L = 120 Ft2
120 Ft2 x 10 Watts = 1,200 watts
Can I paint my wall heater?
Most wall heater power coat the heaters instead of painting them. In
most cases the warranty will be if VOID if any alternations are made
to the heater.
Can I mount the baseboard heater
near the ceiling?
No, the baseboard should be mounted at the floor level to heat your
room effectively. If installed on carpet, the bottom of the
baseboard should be mounted evenly with the carpet height.
Can I mount the baseboard heater
vertically, sideways or diagonally?
Baseboard heaters must be mounted horizontally, and near or at floor
Can the installation of a baseboard
heater be recessed?
No, recessing the heater could cause excessive heat to be
concentrated in the wall area causing a potential fire hazard.
Can I install my baseboard heater
under an electrical outlet?
No, this is against the National Electric Code.
How much time does it take to heat
a cold room?
A baseboard heater can take up to an hour to heat a cold room. When
sizing the your baseboard heater with the square foot rule make sure
the room has four walls and a 8 to 10 foot high ceiling.
How Do Electric Hydronic Baseboard
Electric hydronic baseboard heaters work the same way as regular
baseboards, the only difference is sheathed electric heating element
is completely submerged in heat transfer fluid totally sealed in a
copper tube spanning the length of the heater. Heat is transferred
evenly across the entire length of heater. Even after thermostat is
turned off, soft warmth continues to radiate because of maximum heat
retention of the hydronic element.
Electric baseboard heaters are powered by electricity as opposed to
natural gas or oil. The heating element inside every electric heater
is simply an electrical resistor - when the heater is on, electric
current cause's resistance heating up an element. A baseboard heater
is a type of convection heater. It heats up and spreads its air
through metal fins, warming the air directly above and around it.
Hot air spreads out, becoming less dense and rising into the air.
This creates a vacuum, pulling cool air towards the baseboard heater
and starting the process over again. This creates a continuous
current of air called a convection current. Once the convection
current gets flowing, it can spread heat to the entire room.
What Are the Dangers of Electric
Electric wall heaters must have an ETL, UL or CSA certification with
two or more safety features, high limit, and thermal fuse. Typically
these go off if the heater is over heating because something is
blocking the air from coming out. Per code flammable material like
furniture needs to be three feet away.