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How a Baseboard Heater Works with Radiant Heating

Using radiant heat to warm up a room—that is, heating up an object in the room so it sends out waves of warmth that raise the temperature of other objects in the room is one of the more efficient and cozy home heating methods. For many decades, the standard form of radiant heating was sending hot water (and in some cases, steam) to a cast iron radiator. However, the most common way to provide radiant heating today is to circulate the hot water to a baseboard heater, which work as effectively as a radiator while taking up much less space. In many homes, a baseboard heater will provide a more even distribution of warmth than a radiator.

Is installation of radiant heating part of your future plans for home comfort? Or would you like to change your boiler from using radiators to using baseboard heaters? In either case, call our experts in radiant heating in Bedford, MA at Basnett Plumbing & Heating. You want professionals for this installation job, and with our team taking care of it, you will have your new baseboard heaters keeping your family warm in no time at all.

What baseboard heaters actually do

A baseboard heater is placed against the wall of a room down near the floor. Hot water circulates into the unit, but instead of working strictly through the radiant heat coming from the unit—as a radiator does—baseboard heaters also use convection.

Inside the baseboard heater is a series of metal fins that are heated by water. Cold air drops down the wall (usually from a window, which is why baseboard heaters are often positioned under windows) and into a vent in the baseboard heater. Once this air is warmed, it rises up from the baseboard heater and creates a curtain of warm air between the wall and the room. The air then cools down and falls, creating a convection current. This combination of radiant heating and convection heating is one of the fastest and most energy-efficient ways to heat a room. Like other hydronic radiant systems, it requires no ductwork at all, and it runs with very little noise.

There are also electric baseboard heaters unconnected to any central system. However, these systems are very inefficient and are usually only used to assist homes that already have another heating system installed. A baseboard heater connected to a hydronic system like a boiler is, on the other hand, a full-house solution for warmth.

To find out if using a baseboard heater for radiant heating in Bedford, MA is the optimal choice for your home, give our team at Basnett Plumbing & Heating at call today!

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