The heat is on

October 5, 2010

A quick way to make your baseboards heat more efficiently

With the chill of fall in the air, it won’t be long before heating systems kick into gear – and energy bills rise.

Here’s an easy way to improve the efficiency of your baseboard heaters, be they electric or hydronic (water filled): just pop off the front cover and vacuum them.  The dust and dirt that accumulate in baseboards decrease the amount of heat they produce, and therefore increase the amount of energy required to heat a room.  Simply vacuuming off that dirt will improve air flow around those fins, and help your heaters work most efficiently.  (Just be careful not to ding those fins because damaged fins reduce a heater’s efficiency.)

Find more great tips on baseboards and how to improve their heating efficiency here.

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