Are electric wall heaters better than baseboard units?

I'm in the process of renovating my basement and a heat pump or radiant solution isn't in the budget. I know electric resistance solutions are relatively expensive and inefficient, but is there a type of unit that's better than others?


Polly Osborne, FAIA, LEED AP

Answered by Polly Osborne, FAIA, LEED AP

Los Angeles, CA

Polly Osborne Architects

January 24, 2010

I would recommend a ductless heater/air conditioner. These are highly efficient units that don't require standard ducting, just a condensation line to the outside. Daiken and LG both make units that are very good and have an energy efficiency rating of 17 SEER. They are heat pumps, but small and easier installation than traditional models. They have good air filters in them which are easy to change or clean.

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