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#127877 - 02/27/02 02:09 PM Electric Baseboard Heat
Frank Cinker Offline
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Registered: 07/29/01
Posts: 317
Loc: Pennsylvania
Is 2.0 watts per cubic foot a good general formula to calculate for baseboard heat. eg. If a room is 15ft x 15ft 8ft ceiling would one 2000 watt baseboard heater be sufficient? It has been working well for me. I was curious if anybody else used it. I believe I saw the formula in a magazine many years ago.

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#127878 - 02/27/02 04:42 PM Re: Electric Baseboard Heat
George Offline
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Registered: 02/23/02
Posts: 380
I use 1000w in a room that size in Oklahoma.

You need to do accurate heat loss calculations to determine how much heat you need. Too much heat is often better than too little.

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#127879 - 02/27/02 06:45 PM Re: Electric Baseboard Heat
Redsy Offline
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Registered: 03/28/01
Posts: 2138
Loc: Bucks County PA
I use 8-12 watts/sq.ft. depending on insulation levels.

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#127880 - 02/28/02 07:52 AM Re: Electric Baseboard Heat
JBD Offline
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Registered: 07/12/01
Posts: 599
Loc: WI, USA
I've always used 10 watts/sq ft.

It really depends on your area of the country.

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#127881 - 03/01/02 04:09 PM Re: Electric Baseboard Heat
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I spoke to a HVAC Supervisor today at work. I didn't think to do that before my original post. He looked in his engineering book. He told me the formula for electric baseboard heat is: 2.03 watts per cubic foot. (Pennsylvania) Thank you for your respective inputs.

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