Energy Efficiency of Electric Baseboards vs. Space Heaters
After reading the great article here on GBA (many, many times, by the way), “Heating Options for a Small Home,” I settled on electric resistance heat to supplement the powerful fireplace insert that we keep running most of the winter. We are in Zone 5a, CT, with 1400 sq ft, all on one level, so we need heat six months of the year, at the least, but not enough to justify the expense of a heat pump.
As we were transitioning from oil to electric (see: “Our Ancient Furnace is a Goner: Now What?”), I purchased a few space heaters to get us through last winter. Now that I am ready to purchase and install the Cadet SoftHeat baseboard strips, I wonder – at 1500W each, the same as my “temporary” De’Longhi Mica Thermic Panel Heaters, all with programmable thermostats, all with the capability to attach to the wall – am I just trading one style of heater for another? Or will installing the Cadet strips make a difference in energy usage?
In other words, is 1500W just 1500W, no matter how it is delivered? Or is there another benefit?
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