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Electric Baseboard Heat #127877
02/27/02 05:09 PM
02/27/02 05:09 PM
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Frank Cinker  Offline OP
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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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Re: Electric Baseboard Heat #127878
02/27/02 07:42 PM
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George  Offline
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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.

Re: Electric Baseboard Heat #127879
02/27/02 09:45 PM
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Redsy  Offline
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I use 8-12 watts/sq.ft. depending on insulation levels.

Re: Electric Baseboard Heat #127880
02/28/02 10:52 AM
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JBD  Offline
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I've always used 10 watts/sq ft.

It really depends on your area of the country.

Re: Electric Baseboard Heat #127881
03/01/02 07:09 PM
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Frank Cinker  Offline OP
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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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