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Wiring Question About Elect Heater

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Hi again!
I would like to install a baseboard heater in my mothers bathroom. Her place is an old Victorian about 120 y.o with oil heat. The bathroom is always chilly in the am and living in PA it's the norm this time of year.
Was thinking a 27" or 36" heater between 500 to 750 watts.
My questions are, can I get waway with 12-2 on the wiring or should I go with a thicker wire? Also, should I add a GFCI breaker on the dedicated line? I'm thinking 120v unless you think 220v would be better?
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rjniles said:
You can go up to 2400 watts on a 20 amp 120 volt circuit (#12 cable).
That would be incorrect in regard to a heater, because you forgot that by a continuous load you can only fill the circuit to 80%
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