- In some areas, electricity is cheaper than gas or oil
- Electric heaters are known to achieve a 100 percent AFUE score
- Overall, electric baseboards require less maintenance and repair than other systems
If you live in Salt Lake City or Park City, electric heat may be a good option for you. In some areas, electricity is cheaper than gas or oil, making electric heat a more cost efficient choice. Electric heaters may not be the most environmentally friendly option if the electricity you use is produced by burning coal, fossil fuels, or natural gas.
Electric heaters are known to achieve a 100 percent AFUE score, making them one of the most energy-efficient options. There are three types of electric heating readily available: electric furnace forced air heating, baseboard heating, and radiant heating.
Combustion-based heaters, often lose some energy throughout the process, while electric heaters convert all of the electric power to heat. In an electric furnace heater, the air is heated when it passes over an electric coil in the furnace.
Electric furnace heating can occasionally run a high bill. Sometimes heat can be lost if there are leaks or cracks in the duct system that transports the warm air to different areas in your home. Additionally, heat is sometimes lost to the surface of the ducts.
Electric baseboards work with individual heaters in each of your rooms. Air moves over and through metal pipes within the heater. This method of heating allows for the most zone control.
Overall, electric baseboards require less maintenance and repair than other systems of electric heating. If there is an issue, typically only one room’s baseboards will need to be addressed not the entire system. With installation costs around $100 to $150 per room, electric baseboards are budget-friendly.
When looking to install electric baseboards, look for Underwriters’ Laboratories or the National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association quality labels.
Radiant heating can either be powered by electricity or hydronic power. Radiant heating requires coils or pipes below the floor. Heat moves through these pipes and coils and radiates up through the floor into the rooms. The rooms are heated thoroughly and evenly. Additionally, this system is quiet, comfortable, and doesn’t result in dust and allergens being blown around the room.
Radiant heating is rather expensive to install and can be more expensive to operate, too. When installing radiant heating, it is important to consider what type of flooring you will use. For example ceramic tile is highly recommended because it conducts and stores heat, while wood and linoleum are less efficient. Carpet should be avoided unless it is very thin.
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