With winter approaching and temperatures steadily dropping, the decision between a convector and baseboard heating system is a tough one for much of Montreal’s population.
Here, we’ll provide you with a detailed list of the benefits of each system to help you make the right decision for your home.
But first, let’s get acquainted with the terms.

Convector Heating
This type of appliance blows hot air into the room by sucking it in through the bottom, heating it over an element, and shooting it out of a grill. The hot air rises towards the ceiling before falling and repeating the process, creating a convection current in the room.

Baseboard Heating
Baseboard heaters (those long, rectangular boxes often hidden behind couches) give off heat through an electrical current moving through the element. As cool air falls, it gets sucked into the system from the floor, heated, and radiated out into the room.

Things to Consider

Visibility. Baseboard heaters are great because they can be hidden easily behind furniture. Conversely, convection units, which are generally attached to the wall, are more difficult to conceal. (The flip side to this: by concealing a baseboard heater with furniture, much of your heat will be absorbed into the material and lost.)

Cost. Although baseboard heaters are relatively inexpensive and very easy to install, the cost to keep them running is significantly higher than with other heating methods. The initial cost of a convection heating unit can be pricey, but in the long run, the cost of heating is cheaper.

Efficiency. Convection heating units can provide immediate heat once turned on. Baseboard heaters take a significant amount of energy to start producing heat, which often isn’t evenly distributed throughout the room. They can also take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to start giving off warmth.

Noise. Both convection and baseboard heating units are great in that neither make sound. You can relax and sleep peacefully without annoying clunking or ticking.

Safety. Neither baseboard nor convection units create a flame. They can, however, get very hot. Unlike convection units, which send hot air through a fine grill, the heating elements in baseboards can be accessed through a wide slit, meaning they are more accessible by pets and children. With many placed behind furniture, it is common for small items to fall into the system, creating a fire hazard if not monitored.

Maintenance. With few moving parts, it is rare for either of these units to break down. With baseboard heaters, the only form of “upkeep” is cleaning dust and debris from the surface.

If you’re looking to switch up your heating system, or have any further questions about the benefits of different types of heating units, get in touch with the professionals at Gavin Electric Inc.