Baseboard heaters…we’re baseboard haters! Few things are as inefficient as baseboard heaters. They might adequately heat your home, but there are more downsides than positives. Split ductless heat pumps provide an option that rivals baseboard heaters in every way, but without needing expensive ductwork to be installed.
Most of the baseboard heaters we’ve all seen have been electric. They common in school classrooms, older offices and unfortunately many older homes throughout Toronto and the GTA. They have electric heating elements that are controlled by thermostats in their specific room. They’re normally installed under windows so the rising warm air intersects any cold air that might make it through the windows, window panes or any other sources along exterior walls.
Even the most expensive baseboard heating systems can be noisy, provide poor heat and result in an inconsistent temperature in the room they’re being used. They can actually get quite hot when in use, which means they can damage anything that’s pushed up against them, they can burn anyone that touches them and they can even be a fire hazard. On top of all that they produce very dry heat that can result in a sore throat, itchy eyes and more. If dust is allowed to accumulate on them, as it would through a period of dormancy like in the summer, they can emit a burning smell when turned back on.
Overall, there are a lot of negatives surrounding baseboard heaters.
Ductless Heat Pumps Are Much Better
Ductless heat pumps provide heat for your space, but without all the negatives associated with baseboard heaters. They can be controlled for individual rooms or networked to allow control of many rooms. They don’t need duct systems to work properly and can be placed just about anywhere in your home. They can have a built-in humidifier and actually circulate and filter the air that’s being blown around your home.
Ductless heat pumps are much more efficient and waste very little electricity. They provide fresh, breathable heat that does not result in dry irritation, and — unlike baseboard heaters that run the length of the wall — they are small and sleek. Ductless units are also very easy to install and only take a few hours to get up and running.
Overall, ductless heat pumps provide significantly more precision, control and flexibility in placement and usage. They aren’t noisy and they don’t give off a foul odor when not being used for any amount of time. Ductless heat pumps are an affordable addition to any home’s heating system.
For more information about replacing your baseboard heaters with ductless heat pumps contact an HVAC technician at Ductless Air today: 647-547-6079.