Supplemental Electric Heating Options for Your Home

January 2, 2018

Heating ThermostatWhether it’s cold spots or simply a desire for more heat in conjunction with your central heating system, there are a number of reasons why you might consider a supplementary electric heating system for your home. You may have a central hot water or forced air system taking care of most of your home’s heating needs, but you may find benefits to adding an assistant for that main heating system.

Why Add Supplementary Electric Heat?

You may be wondering why on earth you would need two heating systems. Shouldn’t one be enough? The truth is, you might consider supplementary electric heating for any of the following reasons (and then some):

  • Your house isn’t staying uniformly warm
  • You are noticing cold areas in the home
  • Your existing heating system can’t keep up during the coldest temperatures
  • You’re concerned about freezing plumbing in certain areas of your home
  • You have a new addition or remodel that is not heated adequately by the existing system

Where in Your Home Might This Help?
There are so many places supplemental electric heating may come in handy. Like we mentioned above, additions and remodels may not get the same treatment from your central heating system as the rest of your house, so they are an excellent candidate for supplemental electric heating. Bathrooms, finished basements, home offices, workshops, garages, and even outdoor patio areas are all potential places where this solution may come in handy.

Really, it’s up to you where you think a little extra heating oomph might help increase the comfort levels in your home, because supplemental electric heat can be installed practically anywhere.

What Types of Electric Heat Are There?

Maybe you’ve identified a few areas in your home that could benefit from an extra heating assistant, and now you’re wondering the natural next step – what are your options? There are a number of types of electric heaters which can typically be thermostatically controlled.

You could install electric baseboards, radiant ceiling and wall panels, radiant cove heaters (which are located at the junction of the wall and ceiling), wall heaters, ductless heat pumps, radiant floor systems, and portable space heaters.

Portable space heaters are used with some regularity, but due to their safety concerns, cosmetics, and more limited temperature regulation, we recommend alternate solutions for long-term comfort. Portable space heaters can be used sparingly in a pinch without much worry, but consistent use is discouraged for the sake of safety.

As the temperatures drop and you get another chance to notice all the uncomfortable areas in your home, or finally remember that you’d been meaning to look into additional heating options, consider supplemental electric heating as an effective and simple way to support your existing heating system. In the Denver-Boulder area, if you want to learn more about what electric heating options might work best for you, give our experts a call at (303) 443-9762 to get the conversation started.