Resistance heating has been used in homes for many years. It offers clean and quiet heat. The main problem with most resistance heating systems is that they are expensive to operate. Floor heating systems offer a more efficient use of resistance heating that you will enjoy.
One of the more common types of resistance heat is found in baseboard heaters. These heating units are common in many places because they are one of the least expensive types of heating systems to install. Units are available in sizes from two feet in length to ten feet. They are attached to the wall at about four to six inches above the floor. Some of the disadvantages of these systems are that heat rises, so the floors may remain cold, heat is unevenly distributed in the room and furniture cannot be placed along the wall on which the unit is installed.
Forced air resistance heat is another possibility. Forced air systems provide heat in every room of the home from a central furnace. The air is circulated using a blower and ductwork after being pulled through a furnace filter.
In general, forced air electric heat is the most inefficient of all systems and many homeowners have ended up making additional investments in the property in order to properly heat it. Heat is lost in the ducts and rooms may not be heated evenly. Some rooms may remain cool while others are too hot. Care must be taken to avoid blocking registers and preventing heat from entering the room.
Floor heating systems offer the advantage of zone heating that can also be accomplished with baseboard heat. The floors are always warm as they are now the heat source for the room. Furniture can be placed anywhere in the home without fear of being too close to a baseboard heater or blocking a heat register. Heat is not lost in ductwork, as it is not needed. The system is very quiet as there are no moving parts.
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