reflectors for electric baseboards


Old 12-11-05, 08:45 AM
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reflectors for electric baseboards

Would it make any positive difference to install some kind of reflector above an electric baseboard heater? I'm looking for ways to increase efficiency because I am moving to an apartment where I pay for heat, and I'm in Kingston, ON (not the coldest spot in the province, but well windy). Any suggestions would be more than appreciated.
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Old 12-12-05, 08:21 AM
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Reflectors, reflect radiant heat. The hotter an object gets, the more heat it will radiate. Electric baseboard heaters use convection to transfer heat to the room. Unlike radiator which get hot and stay hot for a length of time, not only radiate heat but also cause convective heat transfer, electric baseboards only use convective heat. The amount of radiant heat energy these reflectors would have with electric baseboards would be minimal at best.
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