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Central Heat Vs Baseboard Heat

With the cold weather settling in, you may be wondering if upgrading your home to central heat is something that’s worth doing. Is it expensive? How does it work? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of having a central heating system installed in your home.

How Do I Know If My Home Has Baseboard Heat or Central Heat

If you have a furnace in your basement, then you have central heat. If you have a furnace in your home and it works through ducts, then you also have central heat. This is because baseboard heaters are located on the lower part of the wall, whereas furnaces are located somewhere on the lower part of walls in the home. Older baseboard heaters are run from a radiator whereas newer baseboard heaters are run off electricity.

Central Heat

Central heat is the most efficient and least costly way to heat your home. It’s also more expensive to install, but if you look at the big picture, it’ll save you money in the long run. For example, a central system can be up to 70% more energy efficient than baseboard heaters. Because the cost of running these systems is lower than that of individual baseboard units, they’re also much cheaper on a monthly basis.

Regardless of whether or not you decide to go with central heating, it’s important that you make sure that your home has adequate insulation before making any upgrades. Home insulation can help keep heating costs down by reducing the amount of heat lost through walls, ceilings, and floors.

Baseboard Heat

Baseboard heat is a great alternative to central heating in homes but especially in smaller areas such as apartments or small homes. If you’re renovating an older home, the baseboard heaters may be located in the same room as the radiator. In this case, the radiator still serves as your main source of heating in your home. Newer baseboard heaters don’t have radiators and are run off of electricity.

Baseboard heat is cheaper than installing a whole central heat system that uses ducts throughout your home. This makes it perfect for adding new heating systems into existing smaller houses or apartments where it might not make sense to run ductwork throughout all rooms of your property. Baseboard units are also easier to install because they don’t require any special work with regards to cutting into walls or ceilings (although they do need access points somewhere on both sides of each wall).


In the end, both heating methods have their own benefits. If you’re looking for something more cost effective, then baseboard heat might be right for you. But if your home is large or has many rooms that need heating, then central heating might be a better option. Either way, there are plenty of options to choose from! Contact a professional HVAC installer to help you find your best option!

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