Even though baseboard heaters used to be a common occurrence in older homes, that doesn't mean they are completely non-existent in today's home. You'll still find the occasional home that uses baseboard heaters. The reason why most homes are no longer equipped with baseboard heaters has to do with the fact that they consume a lot of a home's energy.
For example, take a study of energy bills in British Columbia that showed B.C. homes heated by baseboard heaters accounted for 44% of the home's yearly Hydro bill! Compare that to other energy sources in B.C., 9% for lighting and 12% for kitchen appliances, and you can see just how big the contrast is in the energy output sources. We're not trying to condemn the use of baseboard heaters in any property but rather we want to point how much energy baseboard heaters use.
The reason being is to ensure you use your baseboard heaters properly and efficiently. The first thing you need to do if your home is equipped with baseboard heaters is to turn the heat down on them whenever you possibly can. If it's a nice day outside and your home isn't cold there's no need to have the baseboard heater cranked up all the way. So turn the heater down a bit and enjoy the natural outdoors heating option you have.
Nighttime is also a good time to keep your heaters down, since you'll be sleeping and the warmth in your home shouldn't have that much of an affect on you. If you have multiple heaters in your home and there are rooms that aren't being used you can simply shut that particular heater off. One thing you shouldn't do is turn your heaters off completely during the winter, as that might risk freezing the pipes in your home.
If you don't want to turn your heater off and on all the time installing a programmable thermostat to your baseboard heater is a smart way to go about heating your home. Programmable thermostats automatically set the heating temperature and adjust it to your needs. So if you want the home heated during the day but turned down at night program that into the thermostat and it will do the work for you.
You should also make sure that objects don't obstruct your baseboard heater since that will block the airflow in and out of the beater, which decreases its energy efficiency. Dirt and dust is another energy efficiency killer when it comes to baseboard heaters in any property so clean out your heater at least once every year. If you can manage to stay on top of your baseboard heater throughout the year and use the information we've provided you with you should see significant savings on heating costs for your home.