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## Baseboard heating

Hello, I live in the pacific northwest and just bought my first house. The house is on a cement slab, around 1500 sq ft. It has baseboards installed in every room and they don't seem to do a sufficient job to heat the house. They seem to run constantly and never get the room temp up to normal 65-68F.

I was wondering if there was a more effective option to install that would serve us better for the amount of electricity we use. Maybe something in wall with a fan that would circulate the air more?

Home was built in 1984.
Insulation seems fine in attic and walls.
Windows are original aluminium framed.
Last edited by Toraz; 02-11-2009 at 02:28 PM.

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## Re: Baseboard heating

Toraz:

From reading your post, it sounds like you have ELECTRIC baseboard heat---please post back if you have something else, like hot water baseboard heat.

The first step is to try & work with what you have, rather than pull everything out---have you had any heating contractors over to check out the layout???

Do some research & try the following:

See if there is a label on each baseboard section that indicates the btu/hour rating of the unit.

For example, a 10' section of elec. baseboard puts out approx. 8530 btu/hr; an 8' section 6824 btu/hr; a 6' section 5118 btu/hr (your label info may differ).

Using a rough heat loss calculation take the square footage of each room and multiply by a heat factor of 40 (assuming 8' ceilings) to see if the amount of heat needed by the room is being produced by the baseboard section for each room.

Thus a 15' X 10' room = 150 sq.ft. X 40 (heat factor) = 6000 btu/hr to heat this room---thus you should have a 7' or 8' section of baseboard in this room, or a label that says at least 6000 btu/hr.

For the entire house, 1500 sq.ft. X 40 = roughly 60,000 btu/hour to heat the house & the btu output of all the baseboard should add up to roughly this figure.

If there is sufficient baseboard, check to see that the windows are tight (double pane/storms, etc.) & there is sufficient insulation (R19) in all the exterior walls, and R40 insulation in the attic.

Last edited by NashuaTech; 02-11-2009 at 04:53 PM.

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## Re: Baseboard heating

Toraz,

Have you considering getting a professional home energy audit? Blower test and thermal scan.

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