Infrared baseboard heaters are both user friendly and environmentally friendly, which makes them a popular choice in new buildings, and a common upgrade for existing houses. Infrared heat works quickly, and infrared baseboard heaters can warm a room to an ideal temperature in as little as five minutes from the moment you switch them on.
How Infrared Heaters Save You Money By Conserving Energy
However, the major advantage of infrared heaters over traditional heating systems is not their speed, but the amount of control they offer. The majority of quality infrared heaters have their own, individual thermostats built into the unit, which means that it is very easy to set different rooms to unique temperatures for maximum comfort.
This can translate to big savings for homeowners, because instead of having to heat your whole house to the high temperature of the room you need the warmest, it allows you to keep your central thermostat low and only raise the heat in the rooms where you need that kind of warmth. Infrared heaters spell energy savings, which is great for the earth and for your budget.
Heater Placement Tips
The right heater placement can make or break a room. To get the maximum warmth and comfort, it is a good idea to place your infrared baseboard heaters in the area of the room that is naturally the coldest. This will allow the most even dispersal of heating throughout the room, as your heater specifically compensates for cold spots.
Exterior walls allow the most cold to penetrate into your home, so use exterior and interior walls as an intuitive guide to where you want your heater to go. If there is an exterior wall of a room with a window, the area directly under that window is usually where you will want your heating unit to go. The seal around windows is vulnerable to cracking, creating open gaps that can allow drafts to enter your home, so when in doubt, place your heater near the biggest window.
Do A Safety Check Before You Install
To make sure your heaters do more good than harm, follow this important rules of thumb. Before you install your heater, make sure there is enough clearance above it. Keep an eye out for window treatments or drapes that could prove fire hazards. To stay safe, always allow at least a foot of open clearance above the surface of your heater.
Testing Your Heater
Once you have mounted and connected your heater, stop and check to make sure it is working properly before you leave it unattended. This simple act takes only a few minutes, but can save you a lot of trouble down the road. Switch on the power to your heater, but keep the thermostat shut off. Let your heater run for three to four minutes.
If you start to feel heat emanating from the baseboard, shut off the unit immediately; this is a sign that your thermostat is not connected properly. Let the heater cool down, then check your connections to diagnose whether the problem is with the installation or with the equipment. If your heater stays cold to the touch, set your thermostat to your desired temperature, then let the unit continue to run.
If the baseboard quickly begins to give off warmth, your heater is working correctly and you have installed it properly. Go through this testing process with each and every one of the infrared baseboard heaters that you install, because even if your technique is flawless you wont be able to diagnose any equipment problems until this point in the process.
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