Electric Baseboard VS Wall Heater?

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Old 01-21-04, 06:53 PM
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Electric Baseboard VS Wall Heater?

i have an attic room which is about 15x25, and i currently run a wall heater which heats the room up pretty fast ( i installed one because the forced air heat does not work as well having to go up 2 floors)

i keep hearing that i should not run the wall heater all nite even though it has a thermostat.
is that sound advice or are wall heaters just too dangerous?

im considering installing 2 electric baseboard heaters. is this a better/safer alternative?
 
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Old 01-21-04, 07:07 PM
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If the area is unoccupied, I would close it off and not worry about the heating. It is typically recommended that if you are using unvented gas logs or wall heat that these not be used if not at home or after you have gone to bed.

I once lived in a house that had a separate attic room, and it had a separate heat pump to heat and cool it. Neighbors complained of deficient heating and cooling that was vented off the main heat pump with forced air heating/cooling that serviced the main part of the house. This indicated that the main system could not adequately serve the separated areas such as attic rooms or bonus rooms over the garage.

Although electric baseboard heat tends to be more expensive, it offers the opportunity to control heating for the particular area. It can be turned on only if the area is being occupied.

Although my major heat source at my mountain cabin is a wood burning stove, I have electric baseboard heat for which I am grateful. I leave the setting on low when I am not there in winter months and leave the sink base cabinets open to prevent freezing pipes. It has worked since 1995. When I go there, like this weekend, it will be about 45 degrees when I arrive. After about an hour or so after I build a fire, I will have the temp up to 70 degrees or more. More often than not, the temp is above 70 degrees and I open the sliding glass door so I can hear the river sing.

You might want to check with you local gas company or electric company (which ever type of wall heater you have) for state regulations and recommendations. Many states have outlawed unvented gas heaters. You might also want to check with your local building code department/inspector regarding codes and safety requirements in your area. This is particularly important when it comes time to sell your home.

Remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry!
 
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forced warm air

are you saying that the room is ducted in but it s not warm? Electric Wall heaters are typically used in vestibules, to take the bite off opening the door. If you want to run it.....why not!
If it's ducted in though, running the fan in the on position should do the trick provided you don't have a fresh air damper ducted into the system adding outside air.
 
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Old 01-22-04, 05:24 AM
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Question hmmmmmmmmm???

i have ducted heat coming from my forced air furnace, but its a bit faint by the time it gets up there (which is my sons room btw) so thats why i installed a wall heater (from home depot, $70)which works fine.

it has a thermostat which reads a 1-6 heat setting and it works fine at a setting of 2 or 3. i want to know if leaving it at a low setting all night is safe, or should i just install 2 electric baseboard heaters and run those all night on a low setting instead.

bottom line is, when jr comes home he complains (rightly so) that his room is cold, so i want to be able to at least have some sort of warmth in his room on a steady basis. (like the rest of the house)

thanks for your replies........................
 
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Old 01-22-04, 07:24 AM
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Those wall heater are fine for heating a room long term.

I would suggest the baseboard ones for quietness.

I am sure your son don't want to listen to the fan running all night on the coldest winter night..
 
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I didnt see where you said what you have for fuel there now on this home. If its electric for the down stairs. Why not go for a small window heat pump there . This would give him better heat now and AC in the summer also. ED
 
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Old 01-22-04, 06:49 PM
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duct work

I'd try find out why you have no air flow....check the basket(squirrel cage) and make sure it's clean , Make sure it's on high...choke down some of the down stairs outlets and see if it does the trick... Look down IN the vent duct, you might find a teddy bear in it.....have you tried to just run the fan? How long is the run from the furnace? Is there a take-off at the very end of the main?
 
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