Installing Baseboard Heat
If your existing heating system is getting cranky, or if you are ready to convert from electric heat, baseboard heating could be the solution. Baseboard heating moves hot water from your boiler into the rooms to be heated without expensive routing of ductwork. Eric M. Butler Plumbing & Heating will provide information on installation, benefits and cost so that you can make the right decision for you and your family.
Improving Baseboard Heat Efficiency
Over time, a baseboard heater may not heat a room as efficiently as it once did. In order to determine if the heat from a baseboard heater can be improved, it helps to understand how it is designed to work. With a Hydroponic heater, there is a water pipe that runs along the baseboard of the floor. Your furnace will circulate hot water from your furnace through the pipes, and air comes in from the bottom of the baseboard heater, heats up as it passes over the pipe, and the hot air rises out of the top of the heater. Improperly installed rugs, furniture or cabinets can interfere with the air flow into or out of the heater. Inside the heater, there are typically fins that increase the exchange of heat, and they may be bent or touching each other, reducing their efficiency. Lastly, there may be air in the water pipes which reduces how much heat can make it into the heaters. The first two items can easily be identified and corrected by a homeowner, but the last item should be performed by a knowledgeable plumber. Give us a call and we will inspect and advise you on the reasons for your low heat exchange as well as your options to improve your heat conversion.