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Optix 09-09-2011 08:35 AM

Electric Hot Water Heating Question
Hey folks,

My wife and I just bought our first home. It's a small, Cape Cod style house and uses electric hot water for heat. The heaters that are currently installed in each room are quite deep front to back and very, very long. In the upstairs bedrooms they actually span two walls limiting what furniture can be put against them and cutting into the available space, which is already at a premium.

What I'd like to know is whether or not these can be shortened without reducing the ability to warm the rooms? I'm going to assume that the amount of heat being provided is dependent on the boiler's ability to heat the water to a higher temperature but the longer the hot water stays in the heater the more heat is given off so this might be a catch 22.

The closing date isn't until September 26th so I don't have any information on the boiler but will get as much as I can and post it as soon as possible if it's needed.

My game plan would be to remove the existing heaters and replace them with something along the lines of this, only shorter. This will free up wall space and also give a tiny bit of floor space back.

The existing holes in the floor can be plugged and new ones drilled since we're going to be putting in hardwood flooring on all floors in the future but before we do I'd like to know if reducing the length of the heaters is possible.

Would reducing the length go hand in hand with a new boiler so the water is heated to a higher temperature or are we doomed to have nothing against some of the walls?


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