Re: Electric Baseboard Heaters
Did you use a line voltage or a low voltage programmable thermostat? Baseboards require line voltage thermostats. You can use a low-voltage thermostat with a baseboard only if you also have a relay system.
(If you're not sure what you got, and you've thrown away the manual, low-voltage stats usually have terminal screws, while line-voltage usually have thick wire leads.)
"Energy efficient" is a misnomer with electric heat, because all electric heaters are 100% efficient. That means that for every watt of electricity they consume, you get one watt of heat. So in those terms, there are no electric heaters that are more efficient than others.
However, some electric heaters can be more effective than others, for the same wattage. For example, a radiant heater heats objects rather than air, so in a workshop you can aim the heater at you so you're warm without warming the whole workshop (and thus be more efficient). Oil-filled heaters use a thermal-bank concept, providing more even heating so your temperature swings between thermostat on and thermostat off will be less pronounced. Heaters with a greater surface area will heat more air slowly (but with the same total amount of heat coming off) so that there will be fewer temperature variations throughout the room.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.