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How Many Feet of Baseboard Heater & Where to Locate Electric Baseboard Heaters

  • ELECTRIC BASEBOARD FEET NEEDED - CONTENTS: How Many Linear Feet of Electric Baseboard Heat do we Need in a Building? - how to buy, install, inspect and diagnose each type of electric heat in buildings
    • Where Should Electric Heaters be Located for Best Performance in a Building?
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Electric baseboard heat linear feet neeed: how to detrmine how many feet of electric baseboard are needed to heat a building, space, or area. Electric baseboard heat installation, location, calculations, wiring: in this article series we explain how to install and wire electric heating baseboards.

This article series answers most questions about all types of heating systems and gives important inspection, safety, and repair advice.



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How Many Linear Feet of Electric Baseboard Heat do we Need in a Building?

Electric heat capacity rules of thumb (C) Carson Dunlop Associates

Here are some electric heat rules of thumb that will help you see if the electric baseboard already installed in your building will be sufficient. These guesstimates presume your building is located in a climate where there are real winters, not in southern states.

A larger room or a poorly-insulated building will need more watts of electric heat (and pay higher electrical bills). You need about 5-8 watts of electric heat per square foot of the room being heated.

As Carson Dunlop's sketch shows, you can figure that your electric baseboard is providing about 250 watts of electric heat per foot of baseboard length.

If you don't know what kind of heat your building uses, we explain how to figure out the answer
at HEATING SYSTEM TYPES.

Where Should Electric Heaters be Located for Best Performance in a Building?

Location guide for electric heat placement (C) Carson Dunlop Associates

As Carson Dunlop's sketch shows, we usually place electric baseboard heaters on an exterior wall.

Electric heat is also widely used to add a local source of heat in a problem area (such as a cold entry foyer) and where it would be more trouble and expense to add warm air or hot water or steam heat for that spot.

We also like to use small electric heat sources in closed crawl spaces and in spots where there is a risk of freezing pipes.

(See our article on how to winterize and freeze-protect a building).

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