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Our house currently has electric baseboard from the 1970s. It is not a comfortable heat and it is expensive.

I was looking for alternatives..

Gas hot water with panel rads(radiant & convection) would be awesome, however, it would require a gas line from the street, 10-20K, and a lot of work.

I really do not like forced air, so I just eliminated it. Regardless, adding ducts would be hard and mini-splits are not ideal.

That leaves 2 potential possibilities:
#1) Upgrade the baseboard to something with a ceramic heating element or maybe water filled(oil/glycol/whatever). These options would allow the baseboards to retain heat longer, but its still just convection. No idea if its worth the trouble..

#2) Cove heaters that claim to give off radiant heat. These are a cheap and easy install. Even if the monthly cost is basically the same, a more comfortable heat makes up for it.

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What do you guys suggest and do you have any experience with cove heaters? What is the go to brand for cove heaters?
 

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Your two options are both resistance electric heat. Resistance electric heat is 100% efficient, so all of your options have the same efficiency as your current system (which is also resistance electric heat). Not sure why you are dissatisfied with the electric baseboards - if you have large rooms with uneven heating, you might consider a ceiling fan.
 

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Your two options are both resistance electric heat. Resistance electric heat is 100% efficient, so all of your options have the same efficiency as your current system (which is also resistance electric heat). Not sure why you are dissatisfied with the electric baseboards - if you have large rooms with uneven heating, you might consider a ceiling fan.
Yes, i understand the efficiency is the same

I am asking about the cove heaters because it claims to add radiant heat and in turn allow you to lower set lower temps.

is there anyone that is happy with electric baseboards..:vs_laugh:
 
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