I was looking to put in some kind of supplemental heat in my basement.
This would only be for the winter. I was thinking of a 6ft 1500W
electic baseboard, but from what I've resarched, a 1500W space heater
puts out the same heat (5115 BTU's). I already have a dedicated
110Voutlet ( I have enough wire to feed in the baseboard and convert
to 220 if need be). Obviously the biggest advantage is I save wall
space and plus I can put the space heater away when the season is
over. Any opinions? Would I gain anything by putting in baseboard?
Heat is heat for the same wattage. I'd go with the method that suits your
lifestyle and room use. If you are going to go with a space heater,
consider one of the oil filled units as the unit is at a lower temperature,
less risk for burns if you have pets or kids.
A space heater with thermostat and a fan will give you the most "bang for he
Were I you, I would set the heaters on the "medium" setting which is
typically about 750 watts and use more than one and, if you can, plug them
into outlets on different circuits and circuit breakers.
You put the heat where the people are rather than attempt to heat the entire
On Wed, 11 Jun 2008 08:29:43 -0700, Mikepier wrote:
I basically one of each. I prefer the hydronic or oil filled baseboard
heater. (I wouldnt bother with non oil filled models) They get much less
hot to the touch which is safer for my son and the stuff he may put on it
when I am not looking. They heat more gradually and smoother than my
other heater. Plus it does not have a fan, so its silent which is better
than the one I have with the fan on it. Since I have a theater in the
If you can convert to 220, do it now. It will save you a few pennys each
year. Both my blower and my baseboard are 220.
Of course if you have a cold natured spouce, the space heater (with fan)
is more stand-in-front-able...
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