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Old 01-30-2012, 12:21 PM   #1
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My library is roughly 12' X 13'. It is heated by a 6' electric baseboard on one wall and a 4' electric baseboard on the opposing wall. The other walls are a patio door and a double door leading to the livingroom. The ceiling goes from 10' to 16'. I am located in a mid-Atlantic state.

I need to build shelves on the two walls with the baseboard heat. What are my options? Is electric radiant floor heat an option? Can I simply move the baseboard heater to the front of the bookcase? If so how high should the first shelf be and should measures be taken to gaurd against fire?

Thank you for your consideration.

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No. You must be against the the wall.

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12'x13'x8'= 1248cu ft which is right about how many watts of BB heat you should need...
if the heater(s) is/are located near the window exterior wall.

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From the first reply: If I use floating shelves, how high must the first shelf be to not interfere with the heating? If anyone cares to answer this question, could you also address the width of the overhang.


To complicate the configuration of the room, the NW corner is ‘lopped’ off at 45 degrees, giving this room a 4’ NW exterior wall. HTH, is your response saying that an exterior wall is a better place for electric BB heat? If so, then moving the 4' of BB to that corner is an option I had not considered (remember that the cold is coming from the north patio door and, some, from the E garage). That would free up one wall.

Could I replace the 6' BB with radiant floor heating?

Two additional questions: Should I consider installing a ceiling fan to force the heat down to where the humans roam? (Remember that approximately 40% of this room is above my head.) Can I get more BTU's per foot of heater today than I could get 30 years ago when these were installed?


Thanks again for the clarity and inspiration. I hope to get some answers about the feasibility of moving the BB to the NW wall.

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You could consider using a fan forced electric heater which would take up a lot less wall space.
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12'x13'x8'= 1248cu ft which is right about how many watts of BB heat you should need...
if the heater(s) is/are located near the window exterior wall.

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The lowest part of his ceiling is 10 foot, and then it inclines to 16 foot. So where did you get 8 foot from?
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The lowest part of his ceiling is 10 foot, and then it inclines to 16 foot. So where did you get 8 foot from?
Good catch. I blew right past that detail.

OP: The principle is one watt per cubic foot.
Consider using more than one heater and some fans.

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