Hot Water Baseboard System
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Hydronic (Hot Water Baseboard)
Baseboard Unit Showing Heating Tube and Fins to Increase Surface Area
© Slant-Fin 2006
Similar to radiant heat, this system uses hot water heated by a boiler to heat a space by a combination of radiation and convection.
DistributionHot water heated by boiler and piped to "fin-tube" baseboard units mounted along walls. The fins increase the surface area of heat dissipation making the unit more efficient.Air is distributed by convection as air rises and is heated by the baseboard unit.
Fuel SourcesBoiler may be fueled by natural gas, propane, oil or electricity
AdvantagesEnergy efficientQuietClose temperature control
DisadvantagesBaseboard radiation / convection units must remain unobstructed and can provide challenges in furniture placement and drape design.Slow temperature increase.Air conditioning requires a separate ductwork distribution and cooling system.