I've recently moved into a house that has electric baseboard heaters and
thermostats controlling them in each room. It's a one storey house with a
finished basement. What's the best way to use these baseboard heaters to
keep the house warm, but not break the bank? If I heat the basement will the
heat rise to the main floor? Should I just heat the room I'm using? Any
thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
If you heat the basement, yes, some, but not all of the heat will rise.
Heat travels to a cooler spot. The walls and floor are also places the heat
will go to. If you don't need much heat there, don't bother with it.
Don't keep the unused rooms too cool either unless it is going to be for a
long time. If the room is empty for 2 hours, just leave it alone. At about
8 hours, turn it down a bit so you don't have to pay a lot to get it back
up. If you have rooms that are only used once in a great while, set them
way down, about 55 or.so. Keep in mind, the heat from the heated room is
still going to seek the cooler areas and will be moving to that 55 degree
room through the walls and door.
While you have the ability to turn down the heat in the rooms you do
not use, I would caution you about the potential risk of mould and
mildew (water vapour will condense on cold surfaces, including
exterior walls). Since you live in a damp climate this could be a
major concern. Try to minimize any indoor sources of humidity (i.e.,
by running exhaust fans when cooking and bathing) and consider
operating a dehumidifier if necessary.
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