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When you look at ways to keep your home warm through the winter, you should at least consider using an electric heater. For years, the standard for an electric heater for a home was the baseboard heater. While such a heater will provide some heat for a home, there are better ways to beat the cold. If you want to go with electric heat, you should, whenever possible, choose a cove heater over a baseboard heater.
Problems With A Baseboard Heater
A baseboard heater gets its name from the fact that it is installed along the baseboards of your home. Because of the heat generated by the heater, you should keep furniture and draperies away from the heater since their is some risk of ignition. Thus, using a baseboard heater can prevent you from placing furniture just where you want it or using exactly the type of draperies that you would like. A further concern is that electric-resistance heaters are not as efficient as cove heaters, which work on a different principle.
The Advantages Of A Cove Heater
A cove heater is installed near the ceiling of a room where cove trim typically goes. You might think that this position would cause heating issues since hot air rises. While it is true that hot air will rise, radiant heat—such as what you get from a cove heater—is unaffected by gravity. Thus, the heat emanating from a cove heater can flow through a whole room. Because of the location of the heater, high on a wall, you don't have to worry about draperies or furniture getting burned by the heater. Finally, radiant heat does not just heat the air in your home, it will also heat objects and people in its path in much the same way that the sun will. Objects that have once been warmed by a cove heater will then act as heat reserves, which will continue to heat a room once the heater turns off.
Because of the many advantages presented by a cove heater, they are a better choice than baseboard heaters. However, if your home is wired for baseboard heat, it can be expensive to reroute the wires to accommodate cove heating. This means that if you want to use cove heating in your home, the best time to install cove heaters is before you finish construction of your home. For those who are looking for a pleasing, efficient, electric heat source for their home, cove heaters make a good choice.
For more information, contact a company such as Allied Air Conditioning & Heating Corp.Share