baseboard (radiant heat) covers

Old 07-08-07, 11:22 PM
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baseboard (radiant heat) covers

New homeowner here.

I have a house with baseboards (radiant hot water). Most of the house has the low, 9 inch baseboard covers. However, 2 of them are taller, about 2 feet high.

Does anyone know if I need these covers to bethis tall? Is there a specific function to that, or can I change it out and go with the lower ones?

Old 07-09-07, 01:12 PM
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Pictures would help but I am thinking that your 2-foot-tall units are more likely to be cabinet convectors and the 9-inch high units are baseboard convectors.

While convector unit do have some radiant properties their main heat output is by means of air coming in at the bottom, being heated and flowing out the top giving a gentle yet continuous air flow.

If you do have cabinet convectors they have considerably greater heat output per lineal foot than will a similar length of "standard" baseboard convector. Substituting baseboard convectors of the same length could leave this area with less than optimal heating characteristics.

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