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The installation of a floor heating tempts us, but this solution seems too long, too complicated or too expensive? And if we let ourselves be tempted by an alternative solution to the heated floor: baseboard heaters?

Operating principle of baseboard heaters

Like the heated floor, there are two types of baseboard heaters: electric baseboard heaters, and baseboard heaters.

Electric baseboard heaters have built-in resistance, and have an average power of 300W / linear meter. Their aluminum coating contributes to the diffusion of heat.

The hydraulic baseboard heaters contain two copper tubes in which the hot water goes back and forth from a boiler (wood, gas or oil).

In any case, they work according to the same principle:

1) The cold air on the floor heats up in contact with the plinth
2) The heated air rises, warms the wall that will store the heat
3) By radiation, the wall will return heat evenly throughout the room

Main advantages of baseboard heaters

Baseboard heaters are less common than floor heating. Yet, they do not lack benefits:

  • The first, and not least, the price! The average price per linear meter is around 125€. Pretty much 5000 € for a house of 100m².
  • A much simpler and faster installation than a heated floor.
  • Incredible energy savings: from 25% to 30% compared to conventional heaters
  • A heating system not at all bulky: a heating baseboard is 15cm high and 3cm thick. Unlike a heater, a plinth does not take up space on the wall!
  • Like the heated floor, baseboard heaters create and diffuse a gentle and homogeneous heat throughout the home, from floor to ceiling. And the heat created does not damage the walls or furniture nearby.
  • Many dressings exist: wood, marble, tiles, etc.

Baseboard heaters: the disadvantages

Excellent news: baseboard heaters have few disadvantages. The main criticisms usually addressed to them are:

  • A feeling of dry heat for electric baseboard heaters (but it is a recurring complaint when you decide to heat yourself with electricity).
  • Baseboard heaters are more fragile than traditional skirting boards. It is recommended not to place furniture directly against the plinth.

The skirting boards do not settle down lightly: it is a work that is done on a case by case basis. A preliminary study is therefore essential; it will take into account the volume of parts, insulation, exposure, etc.

As for the installation, it is advisable to call a professional, because a bad placement can cause unpleasant noises.

Video Instruction: Installing Electric Baseboard Heater. DIY