February 1, 2012 Leave a comment
There is more to home heating than determining which fuel source to use. Among the primary issues to consider when selecting residential heating products are 1) energy efficiency, 2) comfort, and 3) ease of installation.
Zone heating (also known as room-by-room heating), using products from Hydro-Sil, can satisfy them all.
Save on Energy
Zone heating systems, which include electric and electric hydronic baseboard and wall heaters, allow for heating each zone or room of a home to the desired temperature. Electric hydronic zone heaters directly convert electric current into heat more efficiently than electric furnaces because room temperatures are set according to occupancy.
Residents can save energy by not heating unoccupied areas. Since zone heaters do not require ductwork, they do not lose heat before it reaches the room.
Zone heating allows for personalized temperature control whether they are used as the sole source of heat in a room or for supplemental heat. Individuals can adjust the temperature in each particular room to their own preference.
Zone heating can also be used to boost the temperatures of rooms used by individuals who are sensitive to cold, especially elderly persons, without overheating the entire home.
Save on Installation
Zone heating systems do not use insulated ducts, so installation labor time is reduced.
Zone Heating Options
Here are three kinds of zone heating products to consider:
- Baseboard heaters – Electricity heats long baseboard elements along the exterior walls of individual rooms. This heating is most efficient when controlled by an accurate, automatic setback type of thermostat. If baseboard heat in each room is controlled by a room thermostat (zonal heating), unused rooms can be kept cooler, saving energy.
- Wall heaters – Electricity heats elements in wall heaters that are installed in individual rooms. Often the heaters have fans to move heated air through the room. If the wall heater in each room is controlled by a room thermostat (zonal heating), unused rooms can be kept cooler, saving energy.
- Portable room heaters – These include panel and liquid-filled unit heaters. To ensure safety, make sure a portable heater has a tip-over switch, protective grill, and sealed heating elements.
To learn more about using electric and hydronic electric heating solutions from Hydro-Sil Home Comfort Products, visit our website:
- The Lowdown on Baseboard Heaters (hydrosil.wordpress.com)
- Check your house for these unsafe home heating products (news.consumerreports.org)
- How to Lower Your Home Energy Bills (mybigearth.com)