If it's dusty, it's not working properly. An electric baseboard heater has an electrical heating element inside a metal pipe. When the heater is turned on, an electric current flows through the heating element. Although baseboard heaters will always turn electricity used into heat, dust and dirt on your heating system can block that heat from being distributed effectively in your space. You can end up running heaters longer because it's more difficult to release the heat that’s generated, through dirty fins, into the room.
Baseboard heating systems can be expensive to run, especially if they rely strictly on electricity.
Electric Baseboard Heaters
Eco Sun's Heating Panels vs. Electric Baseboard Heaters
How can we say that heating panels save energy over electric baseboard heaters? Electric is electric, isn’t it?
There is a large general misconception that “electric heat is electric heat”. This stems from the fact that in school we have been taught (and rightfully so), that in an electric heating element “all of the electrical energy is converted to heat energy”. Hence, it is a 100% eﬃcient.
We agree; this is true.
They then go on to say “thus, a radiant panel has the same eﬃciency as abase‐board heater”.
We disagree; nothing is farther from the truth.
The baseboard heater works on the principle of convection; it uses air as a medium. True radiant heating systems do not need a “high loss “medium. Hence, without the need for ineﬃcient convection, we typically are able to save between 20 and 50% in electrical energy when we replace an existingelec‐tricbase‐board heater with an energy‐eﬃcient far‐infrared panel. This again is conﬁrmed by the ﬁndings of the University of Kaiserslautern.