Post # 1
Who has experience with this that can shed some light on it?
We just put an offer in on a house that has baseboard heating, and I thought it wouldn’t be so bad because we could choose to just heat 1-2 rooms in the house that we use and not have to heat the others, or just heat our bedroom at night and not the rest of the house. But my dad keeps saying we’ll regret it and don’t be surprised if we get a heating bill of $600/mo in the winter months. That sounds ridiculous but now it’s bothering me.
We live in cold Midwest, most of January is in the negatives… anyone else?!
Post # 3
It really depends. Is every heater on its own thermostat? Are they located under windows (causes major heat loss)? Is the house well insulated (especially the attic)? Electric heat is more costly and never feels as warm. I now have it and I am really missing my wood furnace 🙁 Yes I have seen bills go as high as $600 a month in the winter but it was a poorly insulated house and the man was 90 so he kept th heat on 80. Also utility costs vary from state to state. I paid $400/mnth just for my hot water heater in the summer in NC. Now my bill goes up about $100 a month in the winter.
Post # 4
it does depend on alot of things, and there are somethings that you can do to keep the heat down (shrink wrap windows, install thermostats that let you set a timer for when heat comes on/off -surprisingly, those turn dial thermostats are NOT accurate at all)
I live in a new (2007) 1154 sq mini home with great windows. We heat the kitchen, livingroom, bathroom and master bedroom. In Jan-Feb, when it’s coldest of the year, my electric bill reaches about 450/mth. Now, that includes lights, and electricity, but that should give you an idea.
Post # 5
Is it electric or boiler system?
A boiler system baseboard heating along with central air is actually one of the most efficient systems out there.
If it’s electric I will tell you in our old house when I was younger my mom’s room was the only one with a electric baseboard heater and that room was always FREEZING.
Post # 6
The other thing I would think of is A/C. You can’t have central air with baseboard heat, and window units just don’t do as good of a job distributing the coolness to the entire room. I personally wouldn’t want to live in a house without central A/C and an HVAC furnace.
Post # 7
I was told by our inspector that the baseboard heating is actually desirable, but they stopped doing it that way in newer homes and just making it a combined system with the central air because it was cheaper and easier for the builder to do that.
Post # 8
We have baseboard heating. Our first winter here we turned them all on and got an $800 electricity bill. Then we turned them all off, LOL! Now we rely on our gas fireplace for most of our heat (our house is really tiny). Sometimes we turn on the ones in our bedroom, but we try to avoid it. We turn on one or two in the basement to keep the pipes from freezing, and then turn on the one in my stepson’s bedroom and bathroom when he comes to visit. Otherwise they all stay off. They can be really expensive and it’s difficult with drapery and furniture placement. BUT because we have the baseboard heaters, we can’t just replace it with a regular furnace because we don’t have the right ductwork! It’s so annoying! So if I had to start over, I wouldn’t have chosen them, but we’ve been managing fine for 3 years with them. I don’t think I’d do it without the fireplace though.
Post # 9
From your post, we don’t know details, but we have baseboard heat. Our house was built in the 1950s and is pretty small–liks 1200 square feet (2 bedrooms). It’ funny to me to think that a new home of that size, like Khumble‘s is “mini” but mine, built sixty years ago is just a small house. Addiontally, we DO have the radiators below the windows (somehow I had never realized that was bad, Khumble)
We have a gas powered boiler–I’m 98% its original to the house–absolutely terrifying looking. Our bill generally alternates between $70 and $200. The company “estimates” one month, but they generally guess way over, so the next month is cheap–so $140ish average. In all, not too bad, bill-wise. Like any buildin, if you’re looking at a significantly bigger home or one that is multi-stories, the cost will go up, up, up.
I generally really like the heating system. The air stays a bit more humid than forced air systems, which is super awesome. Some other things to think about though:
It takes a little longer to change temperatures than a forced-air system since the system has to pump water through the whole house.
The only real up-keep is the electric-powered (I think) pump. Our relator told us that it needs replaced every 7-10 years, which costs maybe $400. Additionally, you have to oil the pump two or three times a heating system (which is literally putting a couple of drops of oil at three places on the pump and takes less than a minute.)
Post # 10
My parents have electric baseboard heat and I hated it in winter! It was always always freezing (between 50-60) and I know it was so expensive for them. Even if you only heat one or two rooms, those rooms never really feel super warm (at least in my experience) and the cost of heating just a few rooms does really add up.
I honestly doubt I will ever rent or buy a place with electric heat. I am not a fan. Now, if it’s a boiler, that’s not as bad. I prefer radiators or forced air, but again, that’s just been my experience.
ETA: If you have electric, I would HIGHLY recommend thermal curtains to retain the heat and make it more effecient. My mom made them for her house, but you can buy them and she said it significantly cut costs in heating because the heat couldn’t escape through the windows/doors so they didn’t have to turn the heat as high or leave it on for as long.
Post # 11
I’ve had friends with baseboard, whose bills do get that high in the winter months (I’m in Toronto, Canada). And that is just keeping their houses at a comfortable level. My husband and I just bought a house, and there were a lot of potentials we didn’t look at because they had baseboard heating. My FIL tried to tell me it would only cost me $500 more a year for electric heating. My sister had baseboard heating in her 1100sqft townhouse, and her December electric bill (keeping in mind she was gone for a week for holidays) was over $600. But I’ve also been told that Ontario electricity prices are ridiculously high.
Post # 12
@jldown2: mine is considered a “mini” because it’s what most people would refer to as a trailer. Iti’s kinda a sensitive subject around here. It’s 72′ x 16′ and placed on a lot, but it doesn’t have a hitch, or wheels, so it’s not a trailer! 🙂
so my house is a rectagle, while your’s is probably a square? 🙂