|There are two types of heating that are very different and do not provide the same level of comfort at all.|
1– Basic heat, the heat generated by baseboards and convection heaters
Electric baseboards only heat the air, that’s all. This is called convection.
The convection heaters also only use convection, even though they do a better job than the electric baseboards.
The biggest disadvantage of convection is that it creates a large temperature difference between the floor and the ceiling. Warm air is lighter than cold air, so it rises and collects at the ceiling while the cold air is still on the floor, causing a sensation of cold feet. It’s not comfortable.
With convection, a large part of the hot air accumulates at ceiling, causing a waste of energy. It’s not economical.
The heating elements in electric baseboards rise to a very high temperature, which overheats the air and makes it dry. The elements in convection heaters are an improvement but not enough to keep the air healthy like it is naturally. Convection systems make the air more or less dry.
|2- The principle of radiant heat: it’s just like the sun!
This is completely different from convection heat used by electric baseboards and convection heaters.
Radiant heat is the most natural form of heating in the world. It warms people directly as do the beneficial rays of the sun. It is a soft, enveloping warmth.
Radiant heat also heats the furniture, walls and even the floors. The whole room is enveloped by the heat. No more cold feet.
Radiant heat spreads evenly throughout the room, as well as in the middle of the room as elsewhere. Standing, sitting or lying down, we feel the same well-being.
Radiant heat keeps the air healthy enjoyable to breathe. No more dry air.
A major plus for comfort: thermal mass.
Radiant heat is by far more superior than convection heating systems. However, to provide the best comfort, it needs the thermal mass to store the heat and then it gradually spreads the heat throughout the room. This allows the radiator to have its own inertia and be a permanent hot spot in the room and that creates a stable and uniform temperature.
Baseboards and convection heaters do not radiate and they have no thermal mass.
To ensure the best comfort, all Ecotherm radiators use radiant heat and has a thermal mass!
Did you know?
Wood stoves and hot water heaters also use radiant heat and thermal mass. That’s why they are so renowned for their comfort.