I just noticed something I never thought about in a while. Seems like baseboard heaters don't have reflectors anymore. I guess they have been like this for a long time, but I just noticed it on my sister in law's house. I know the "old ones" use to have them. She has a 2500 watt heater in her living room and the top get pretty hot and the wall also. Never noticed them getting this hot before. Anyone else noticed this??
Yes, I've taken off old baseboard heaters that had reflectors on them. I don't know why they took them off. Seems like a good idea to me. They were aluminum reflectors. Seems like they would deflect some of the heat from the frame of the heater and deflect it out over the "fins" out into the room better. I guess through their test etc.... they found out different??
Greg: I don't remember the brands, but these were regular type BB. (8') in office bldgs, with a chrome or maybe stainless reflector behind the element & fins, curved out at the top end. They were not you average unit.
I personally like the fan force (Architectural) units. My daughter has a 4KW in the family room.