Cove Heating Rises Above Baseboard Heaters

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Electric heating is a clear choice for those who embrace renewable energy in their homes. If you have solar panels or a wind turbine, you have the opportunity to tap into that clean, off-the-grid energy with your choice of heating element. By forgoing natural gas in favor of electric heat, you can heat your home with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you are not contributing to carbon emissions or depleting Earth's resources. One easy choice for making the most of your electric heat is to trade out baseboard heaters for cove heat. 

The Principle behind Baseboard Heaters

Baseboard heaters take advantage of the the well-known principle that hot air rises and cold air sinks. Thus, when you turn on a baseboard heater, the air leaving the heater will rise and naturally push cold air back to the ground. What you end up with is air circulating through the room as cold air is displaced by the rising action of the air leaving your heater. The main problem with baseboard heaters is that they only heat air as it comes into contact with the heating element in the heater. While this is effective, radiant heat will give you even better efficiency. 

The Principle behind Cove Heaters

Cove heaters get their name from where they are installed—where your wall meets the ceiling, or where you would install a cove trim. Rather than using a heating element to heat your room, cove heaters use a panel coated with vitreous enamel to radiate heat throughout your room. The heat emanating from this panel will heat the objects in your room rather than the air. The air then is warmed by contact with the heated objects in the room. Importantly, when your heater shuts off, the heated furniture, walls, and flooring in your room act as heat reserves which will help to maintain the comfort level in your room. In this way, cove heaters can perform up to 20% more efficiently than baseboard heaters. 

Sunlight warms a home by heating up the objects in your home. Lying out on a sunlit square of carpet is a pleasant experience that cannot be imitated by baseboard heat. On the other hand, because cove heaters radiate heat in much the same way that the Sun does, you can lie out on a pleasantly warmed carpet during the dead of winter while knowing that your heat comes from an Earth-friendly and highly efficient source. Contact a company like Biggerstaff Plumbing Heating & Air for more information.

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22 June 2015

Replacing an Older Plumbing System

I absolutely love the beauty, charm, and character of an older home. When my husband retires from his job, I would like to purchase an older house in the mountains and transform it into a quaint inn. While older homes are beautiful, they do sometimes contain hidden issues. One of these problems is faulty plumbing. Rusty pipes and poor water pressure are common in an older abode. If you just purchased a charming older place, consider immediately replacing the plumbing system in the home. In doing so, you might be able to save yourself from major issues in the future. On this blog, you will discover the many benefits of replacing an older plumbing system.