While it may not immediately cross your mind as you’re going about your chores, you will want to take some time to occasionally clean your baseboard heaters. Our baseboard heaters are crucial to our homes, so we need to know how to keep them clean and heating efficiently. In doing so, we can ensure that they last longer and continue to provide us with the warmth we need to survive in the coldest times of winter. Learn how to take care of your heater covers.
The openings and crevasses of a radiator provide the perfect environment for dust and pet hair to build up. If left unchecked, this buildup can begin to affect the way your heater radiates heat and could, ultimately, cause it to damage the boiler itself. Be sure to vacuum and maintain the radiator every 6 months to cut down on the amount of debris clogging the system.
To begin this process, remove the heater cover front plate. Once you do this, you should be able to expose the copper pipe and fin tubes. It’s important that you wear the proper safety gear during these steps—including gloves and a face mask—to avoid injuring yourself or breathing in floating debris, dust and pet hair.
Once the fin tube is exposed, carefully vacuum the blades to get rid of any miscellaneous dust or pet hair. Be sure to work slowly, as this part of the radiator is very fragile and sharp. The blades can easily bend and restrict the airflow. Then, if the heat isn’t on, gently wipe away any remaining dust with a damp microfiber cloth.
When the radiator itself is clean, you can then move on to cleaning the cover. This process can be as simple as wiping it down with a damp cloth. If you notice during your cleaning that your radiator cover is damaged, you may also want to consider getting a new one to more effectively protect the radiator’s inner mechanics.
If frequent cleanings aren’t helping the condition of your radiator, your radiator cover could be the problem. For new and clean-cut replacement baseboard heater covers, check out some of the options from EZ Snap™ Covers. Choose from different sizes and colors to find the perfect match for your home. EZ Snap Covers one piece design are so strong and durable they can be removed, taken outside and power washed. The baked on powder coated covers are guaranteed for as long as you own your home.
From the time cavemen discovered fire, we’ve used heat to not only cook our food but keep ourselves warm during the harsh, cold nights. Throughout the generations, we learned to hone fire to our will, even so much as to gather heat from something other than flames. It’s through this intuitive nature that we created what we know today as the modern home baseboard radiator. This is a brief history of home radiators and their evolution over the generations.
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Baseboard heaters are great for heating your home and making it comfortable for you to live in; however, not all models are equipped for efficiency. This is especially the case if your home has an electric baseboard heater, as they could use more energy than you intend. To save some money while maintaining a comfortable home, learn how to bring down your baseboard heating bill.
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.