3 Things You Can Do To Lower Heating Costs When Using Electric Baseboard Heat

Posted on: 20 October 2015

If you are like many people, you may not realize that you can take some steps to lower your heating costs when you use electric baseboards. Here are some tips that might be helpful.

Clean the Baseboards

Over time, dust and other debris may collect on your electric baseboards. That can cause them to work less efficiently, causing you to have to set the thermostat higher and costing you more money. To avoid this problem, you can use the handheld attachment of your vacuum to clean your baseboards by sucking dust out of the baseboards when they are not in use.

Eliminate Drafts

Any gaps between your windows or doors and the wall can result in wind drafts that blow in and cool down the air in your living spaced. To lower heating costs, you'll need to do whatever you can to plug those drafts so that the baseboards can heat the room properly. You can buy sealant strips and insulation kits at any home improvement store that can block air from getting into your house. When you seal your rooms and eliminate drafts, you will notice that they are warmer and you can turn the heat down and therefore save a bit of money.

Turn on Your Ceiling Fans

You may only use your ceiling fans in the summer, but you may not realize that they can help you when you have your baseboard heat on as well. Because hot air rises, the air near the ceiling is the warmest in the room. When you make sure your ceiling fan blades turn clockwise, the fans can push down any of that warm air and circulate it throughout the room so that it is more comfortable.

The fan blades in your ceiling fans may already be set to turn counterclockwise so you can cool your home in the summer. To get them turning in the other direction, simply flip the switch located on the fans' motor housing. Watch to make sure the blades are spinning in the right direction when you turn the fan on. If they not, turn off the fan and push the switch in the other direction.

With the help of your ceiling fans, you may not need to turn your baseboard heat up so high. In the future you may see heating costs drop.

Now that you have some ideas for lowering your heating costs when you use electric baseboard heat, try the tips in this article to see what works best for your home. If you don't see any change, there might be something wrong with the electric circuitry or the baseboards themselves. Contact an electrician for help as soon as you can.