There are two types of baseboard heaters – hydronic and electric. Both have a row of thin aluminum “fins” (the heating element) that creates a large heated surface area for cool air currents to encounter. Hydronic baseboard heaters use heated water to forward the energy load to the fins. Operating touch temperatures will rarely exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit with hydronic baseboard heaters. Electric baseboard heaters use a resistor that converts electrical energy into heat energy which is transferred directly to the fins. The higher temperatures generated by the electric unit can be potentially dangerous for receiving burns or electric shock. The typical electric heater cover has open gaps at the top and bottom that can allow flammable material or human skin to touch the heating element. *When using electrical appliances, basic precautions should always be followed to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and injury to persons.
Although Baseboarders™ panels are designed for use on hot water baseboards, we hear that in many instances our panels are installed over electric baseboard heaters as well. If you have electric baseboard heaters, you need to be aware of the potential safety risks. Baseboarders™ should not be used as a solution to downplay these electrical or temperature risks. The only exception being the child safety feature listed on our website which essentially states that installing Baseboarders™ is an effective way to block off the gap at the top of the typical enclosure where heated air exits. The design of Baseboarders™ panels prevents little hands from reaching down inside or putting toys and other objects inside from the top of the unit. Note: Baseboarders® are made of steel and will become just as hot as the original covers of electric baseboard heaters.