Baseboard Heating: A General Overview

Although forced-air furnaces are now the most popular kind of heating system in the United States, this was not always the case. For a very long time, baseboard heating systems were widely used in homes throughout Sacramento and most other cities. Because of their unique heating abilities and space-saving design, many homes still use baseboard heaters. Here’s a look at how baseboard heating works and what you can do to ensure your baseboard heaters are always in great shape.

Basics of Baseboard Heating
While forced-air furnaces provide heat for the entire home, baseboard heaters heat only one room or area at a time. As their name suggests, baseboard heaters are located along the floor of the rooms they are installed in. This not only helps to keep your toes cozy on chilly winter nights, but also capitalizes on warm air’s natural tendency to rise to keep entire rooms warm.

Types of Baseboard Heating
There are two popular kinds of baseboard heating systems. The first, and oldest, are hot water baseboard heaters. These heaters take hot water from a central boiler and distribute the steam through a set of coils in the baseboard heater. This circulation of steam creates a heating effect, much like a radiator. The second type is the electric baseboard heater, which is fairly common today.

Applications for Baseboard Heating
Typically, most modern homes do not have baseboard heating throughout the entire home. Instead, homeowners may choose to install electric baseboard heaters for individual rooms where flooring is particularly cold, such as in a kitchen or bathroom. Baseboard heating helps to keep tile or laminate flooring warm and will maximize indoor comfort when used in combination with a central heating unit or furnace.