Baseboard heating is similar to radiant heating. This system uses hot water heated by a boiler to heat a space by a combination of radiation and convection. Baseboard hot water heating systems work on the basic principle that heat rises.
How does the baseboard heating system works?
The radiators that bring warmth into a room are installed low to the floor, along the baseboard. Water is heated in a boiler tank in the utility room in the same way as it is heated for your hot water, either by natural gas, propane, oil, or electricity in a system separate from the water heater that supplies your plumbing system. This hot water is then pumped by an electric motor driven pump through the house, normally in a series system.
The baseboard heating system works on one fact of physics: anything heated expands. If there was no place for the expanding water to go it would build up pressure in the system and eventually burst out the pipe fittings; thus, the designers understand this basic principle and design an expansion device into the system. It is normally a large tank installed in the system which contains air. Since air is compressible and water is not, the water that expands simply moves into the expansion tank and compresses the air. A relief valve is also installed in the system in the event that the air in the tank leaks out and/or is replaced with 100% water.
Generally, the boiler temperature is controlled internally so that heat is available instantly when it is called for by the room thermostat. When the room thermostat calls for heat, a signal is sent to the circulation pump which is turned on and begins circulating hot water through the house.
The main advantages of baseboard heating:
- It is energy efficient.
- No noise. It works quietly.
- It has closed temperature control.
Baseboard heating is one of the best heating systems around, if it is properly installed by professionals and skilled technicians. We can guide you on which heating system is the most economical as per your geographical locations.