What are baseboard heating

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Practical, environmentally friendly and also impressively space-saving: modern baseboard heating

Skirting heating is a practical alternative to conventional heating. Be it for reasons of space, due to various structural features, for optical reasons or to increase energy efficiency, it can be used flexibly and offers the user numerous advantages.

The baseboard heating, also known as the baseboard heating or baseboard heating, is installed approximately at the level of the baseboards. There it connects the floor with the wall.

What are the advantages of baseboard heating?

Anyone who opts for baseboard heating can benefit from many advantages that are not available with other heating systems or are only partially available. The heating strips can be operated inexpensively with electricity or alternatively with water. This creates radiant heat that enables even heat distribution. In addition, base heating offers the following advantages:

  • energy efficient
  • flexible to use
  • environmentally friendly
  • pleasant room climate thanks to radiant heat
  • quick and easy to assemble (can also be retrofitted)
  • space saving

The base heating ensures optimal use of heat and economical and, above all, sustainable operation. Up to 28% of energy can be saved compared to other heating systems. In addition, this heating method has the advantage that a pleasant room climate is created. In this way, so-called cold zones and the walls cooling down can be avoided, which means that mold infestation is almost impossible.

Uniform temperature control creates a very pleasant room climate in which the air is neither too humid nor too dry. Especially allergy sufferers benefit from this. The respective room can be visually upgraded with baseboard heating. It is hardly noticeable and can be installed quickly and easily in almost any property.

How do baseboard heating systems work?

In the case of base heating, the principle of radiant heat is used to heat a room as evenly as possible with the help of the heating strips. Because these are laid throughout the entire room. The heat is transferred to the surface of the inside of the outside and inside walls of the house and can therefore be optimally distributed throughout the room. In this way, the radiant heat does not rise from the bottom to the top and cannot accumulate on the ceiling, as is the case with the so-called convection heat of other radiators.

It is also worth mentioning that the walls absorb part of the emerging radiant heat. This prevents them from cooling down and the formation of mold is avoided as far as possible. Skirting heating is a very good heating alternative to preserve the fabric of the building, especially in the case of not ideally insulated exterior walls, for example in old buildings or churches. Of course, it is also suitable for new buildings in order to heat as environmentally friendly and energy-efficient as possible.

What are the different types of footplate heating?

Basically, base heating can be operated electrically or with water. Both variants can be installed quickly and easily. The customer can choose from different designs in order to be able to ideally adapt the heating to structural features and the existing ambience. The standard color is “pure white”, but numerous other RAL colors are also available.

The models, which are simply operated with electricity, can be installed and used particularly quickly. These are particularly suitable for rooms or properties that are used irregularly, such as holiday apartments or weekend houses. The water-bearing baseboard heating, on the other hand, is also ideally suited for continuous operation. The base heating strips are simply connected to the existing water circuit.

Electric or rather water-bearing?

In the electronically operated variant, there are special heating rods in the base heating strips through which electricity flows and which heats up as a result. The radiant heat that arises in this way can quickly be released to all surrounding walls and the room. As a result, the air is heated very quickly and, above all, evenly. With the water-bearing base heating, larger base heating strips are installed than with the electronic version. In these there are water pipes made of copper, through which hot water is pumped during operation.

This then creates the heat that is passed on to the room air. A water-bearing heating element is used here, which consists of two copper pipes. These are on top of each other and have a diameter of 15 millimeters and a wall thickness of around one millimeter. The so-called heat conducting sheets are made of approximately 0.2 millimeter thick trapezoidal fins and are pressed onto the heat conducting pipes. These are also made of copper, as this material has very good thermal conductivity.

How is the baseboard heating assembled and installed?

The heater is attached to the entire wall using an aluminum base rail and then covered with a powder-coated panel. Since this has a wall thickness of only two millimeters, it is hardly noticeable and can be used for both variants (electronic / water-bearing).

The overall structure consists of the basic panel, the cover panel and the heating register and can be installed and put into operation in just a few simple steps. All other components such as various plastic brackets, end pieces or so-called butt connectors can also be ordered from energy-com.de, for example.

If a foot plinth heating has been chosen, the right wattage of the heating strip is determined for the customer. In this way, they receive a product that is perfectly tailored to their individual needs and heating habits. With electric foot pedestal heating, the output can be selected from 125 watts to a maximum of 575 watts. With water-bearing models, between 88 watts and 420 watts are possible.

The installation of a baseboard heating is relatively uncomplicated and also possible in old buildings and historical properties. No installation or reconstruction measures or laborious prying open of walls are necessary. The modern and energy-efficient heating system is ready for use after just one or two days. Electrically operated heating strips are connected to a TS wireless room thermostat using a radio control and a switch socket. In this way, the desired temperature can be set quickly and easily.

The strips can be obtained in numerous shapes, which means that they can also be fitted around corners. And even in stairwells, which usually stay cold, the baseboard heating can be installed without any problems. Basically, every wall can be equipped with it and thus every room can benefit from the very pleasant and even warmth.

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