You may think baseboard heating is dated and expensive, but if you really thought about how lucky you are to have it, you'd become less jealous of homes that have central heating. Here are reasons why you should fall in love with your home's style of heating.
A baseboard heater has no fans or other elements that can go out and cause your heat to fail. All you have to do is clean out your baseboard's ducts with a vacuum hose or duster every now and then to keep dust, hair, and other debris out of the unit.
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Baseboard heaters are built with an automatic shut off in the event of the unit overheating. Once your baseboard cools down to a safe temperature it kicks back on again and runs as normal. This way, if a shirt or curtain gets too close to your baseboards and causes them to overheat, you can trust they will turn off. This feature is available with the most common electric baseboard styles. As always, keep all children, pets, and household items several inches from your baseboard heaters to prevent injury or accidental overheating.
Baseboard heaters have one cool quirk that central heating does not: they can heat a room independently from others. Since every baseboard has its own thermostat, you can choose to keep your living room at a different temperature than bedrooms, or keep your dining room thermostat off when you are cooking nearby. If a few of your bedrooms are never in use, you don't need to waste heat energy in keeping them warm by simply turning their individual thermostats down or off entirely.
Another thing that makes baseboard heaters so efficient is how quietly they operate. When a baseboard heater clicks on, you may notice little more than the tell-tale clicking noise it makes as the coils heat up to warm your home. You don't have air blowing through your home at odd intervals during the day, rather, you have silent heat waves permeating the air that quickly make your home comfortable without major disruption.
The next time you think about poo-pooing your baseboard heating system, think of how amazing it really is. You get the benefit of near-silent heating, the ability to heat rooms individually, and even safety features added right into each unit. Once you know how awesome having baseboard heating in your home is, you can learn how to appreciate this handy way to manage the temperatures in your home so much more.