Residential, Cook Electric
Written by Larry Cook

Electric Resistance Heating for Warmer Winters

When it’s winter, homeowners often wonder if their electrical heating systems will perform well during the long cold nights of the season. Many have never heard of electric resistance heating, which is incredibly efficient. It can convert nearly all of the electrical power it consumes into heat. In addition, it helps the environment because it reduces the amount of fossil fuel burned by power plants for generating electricity.

How They Run

Electric resistance heaters utilize one heating element or more, which are activated by sequence relays from the thermostat at 30-second intervals. This method prevents the generation of electrical surges that are disruptive to an electrical system. The elements are typically positioned within the enclosure of the heat pump or furnace for heat pump and warm air systems. The following describes the most common kinds of electric resistance heaters.

Electric Baseboard Heaters

Electric baseboard heaters feature electric heating elements contained inside metal pipes running along baseboards. They work well if certain heating zones are needed inside a home. This arrangement will require a thermostat for each individual space in order to provide sufficient control of the heating.

Electric Furnaces

Electric furnaces are powered by electricity instead of combustion, but they function like oil or gas furnaces. As recommended for other forced-air heating units, the efficiency of electric furnaces is improved by sealing ductwork and regularly replacing their filters.

Electric Thermal Storage

The most common form of electrical thermal storage is an electric resistance heater. Its use is most beneficial in regions where utilities charge more for electricity during the day. Homeowners can benefit from the night’s lower rates by storing electrical heat during the evening that will then be used during the day.

Electric Wall Heaters

Their main feature is an electric heating element positioned in front of a reflector. A fan located inside the unit blows air around the heating elements, which are installed within interior walls to facilitate insulation.

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