Radiant Baseboard Heater

There are several ways to incorporate a radiant baseboard heater into a home. The most common application is to use electric baseboard heat. This way, you can install the heater in rooms that are colder than other areas in home. For example, in a home in Sussex, Wisconsin added a three-season sun room at the back of their ranch house. This room was always colder during the fall, winter, and spring because it has three walls exposed to the weather. If the sun wasn't shining in providing radiant heat, the room cooled off quickly.

The homeowners installed a radiant baseboard heater to increase the comfort level. Then when the sun went down, they were still able to enjoy looking outside of the sun room and be warm.

A newer application that is popular is mixing baseboard heat with hydronic radiant heat. The video below is from Bob Vila. The first part of the video focuses on the radiant heater in a box. It is an amazing system that is small and incredibly efficient for heating a home. The section of the video that we will go in depth on is how they used a radiant baseboard that looks like colonial molding to heat the home.

What the hydronic radiant heating system does is flow warm water throughout the home. A colonial home has large white molding around the sides of each room. In this case, aluminum white molding was used with a hydronic PEX radiant tubing running behind the aluminum molding. The hot water in the PEX radiant tubing transfers its heat into the aluminum. This metal is a very good conductor so the warmth radiates from the molding all throughout the room.

The molding can't be used throughout the entire house because where there are cabinets, you don't have a large enough space on the base of the wall. In this case, the PEX radiant tubing is attached to the subfloor. The radiant heat then warms up the entire floor, keeping the home comfortable.

The video shows the workers wrapping this PEX tubing around under the subfloor and then attaching it to the bottom. This won't be done in the entire home. It will only be done in the kitchen and perhaps the bathrooms. Most other rooms will have enough space for the colonial molding that doubles as a hydronic radiant baseboard heater.

Just think about the efficiency of this system. First, radiant heat costs lest to operate. The small boiler uses natural gas to heat up the water. The heat transfers very easily to the water and throughout the rest of the home. Next, you don't have to have a huge furnace taking up space in your basement. All you have instead is the entire home heating system attached to a small space on the wall. Finally, the molding in the home doubles as the source of heat. It is an invisible, extremely quiet, and very comfortable way to provide heat for a home.

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