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Old 08-27-2012, 02:19 PM   #1
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i would appreciate some brand recommendation for baseboard heaters.

i will need one in the 8 ft range (cca 2KW), one in the 6 ft range (cca 1500W) and one little one for the bathroom in the 2ft range. the first two i plan to wire on a 30A/240V branch circuit with 10/3 cable whereas i plan to put the bathroom one on one of the existing bathroom dedicated 20A/120V circuits (i hope this is OK).

i noticed a wide deviation in pricing. e.g. QMark is 1/3 of the price of Berko but they are both made by the same company (Marley). what would be the difference? there is also Cadet, sold by Lowes and HD (which kind of scares me) which is really cheap. yet, TPI seems the most expensive (cca $400 for a 96" one while the Qmark counterpart would be $100)

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You cannot compare hydronic prices to resistance units. The hydronic is much more expensive, but the heat is more even.

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You cannot compare hydronic prices to resistance units. The hydronic is much more expensive, but the heat is more even.
so you're saying hydronic is better?
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so you're saying hydronic is better?
Better? It makes the room feel more comfortable.
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You cannot compare hydronic prices to resistance units. The hydronic is much more expensive, but the heat is more even.
And SAFER!
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I couldn't decide either when I bought mine. I bought a couple of TPI and a couple of Marley/Fahrenheat.

The TPI with the 12-gauge aluminum housing are a bit more sturdy, but I don't think its worth the extra cost. Both seem like quality units. The TPI has the built-in (extra cost) thermostat on the front and the Fahrenheat on the side if that makes a difference to you. Otherwise, I'd say its a toss up.

Edit: mine are the hydronic units- lower surface temp/longer, "slower" heat = safer and more comfortable
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but they all seem to be hydronic. are QMark or Cadet resistance?
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QMark, Cadet, Farenheat, all make standard resistance heaters.
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Hydronic/oil filled heaters take longer to warm the room, and give off heat for a longer period of time when the thermostat is satisfied, which makes the room fell more comfortable. Brand is often best selected by what is m ore common to get parts for in your area.
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but they all seem to be hydronic. are QMark or Cadet resistance?
Almost all electric baseboard heaters are going to be resistance type heat, That means the heat is generated by resistive heating (the element gets hot b/c of the current flowing through it). There are also electric radiant heaters, but I don't think they are normally baseboard mounted.

There are two main type of resistance baseboard heaters: Those where the element is exposed to the air and those where the heating element is encased in oil or some heat transfer fluid . These so-called electric hydronic heaters tend to have a lower exposed-surface temperature, and take longer to heat up and cool down, which people descibe as a "softer" heat. They are, however, much more expensive.

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