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Proper heat distribution is one of the most important functional requirements for a home. It’s what helps us maintain a comfortable environment regardless of what time of year it is or what the weather conditions are like. As such, there are a variety of ways to distribute heated air throughout a home—with forced hot air and baseboard heating being the top two contenders. Though each has its own set of benefits and drawbacks, one stands out above the other for its overall ease of use, maintenance schedule, and, most important, efficiency. This is why baseboard heaters are better than forced hot air heating.
Forced air heating systems work by pushing treated air from the furnace through several connecting ducts placed throughout a home. This air then blows out from the vents and circulates around each given room. While this may seem convenient post-construction, the act of getting ductwork installed is both timely and expensive. This is especially the case if you live in an older home. Baseboard heaters, on the other hand, are self-contained systems and don’t require ducts to circulate heat, making them much simpler to install.
Air ducts also require frequent cleanings and maintenance to keep control of the dust and dander collecting within them. Because of how extensive duct systems can be, homeowners often need to hire professionals in order to get the job done right. Baseboard heaters don’t require as much maintenance. In fact, as long as you’re occasionally vacuuming the dust out of the unit, you rarely should need to do any more work on them.
For some, the loud sound of the air kicking on is something they can get used to. For others, it’s a nuisance. If you happen to fall into the latter category, baseboard heaters are the perfect option because they run almost silently. Rather than blow the heated air out with a fan, these units simply radiate the heat and let it disperse on its own. As such, there are no noisy fans to create additional background sounds when you’re trying to sleep.
But the most important reason why baseboard heaters are better than forced hot air is that they ultimately offer the best rate of efficiency—especially when combined with a cover. Since forced air systems need to both heat the air and then push it out through the vents, they use significantly more energy to perform the extra task. Baseboard heaters allow the heat to radiate from the unit itself so the energy goes only toward the heating process. This can cut overall energy usage nearly in half and leave more money in your pocket as a result.
We consider it our mission at EZ Snap™ Covers to supply you with quality products and the knowledge to use them in the most beneficial ways. Our hot water baseboard covers shield external surfaces from coming into direct contact with the heat while effectively dispersing it throughout a room.
Are your old baseboard heaters worn and becoming an eyesore? It may be time to upgrade your home with decorative baseboard heater covers.
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.