Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Electrical, HVAC & Energy Efficiency > Hot Water Baseboard Heater

Hot Water Baseboard Heater Cost


How Much Does a Hot Water Baseboard Heater Cost?

 
 average costTypical Home: $6,000-$8,000 
post E-mail post Post   Comments (3)

Old-fashioned steam radiators have given way to longer, sleeker, lighter-weight and more efficient versions that run hot water through pipes housed in baseboard-like enclosures which hug the bottom of the wall. Hot water baseboard heat is similar to radiant floor heat but with lower initial installation costs; it doesn't require tearing up the flooring in an existing home and can be used where there isn't space for an under-floor installation.

Typical costs:

  • Installing a hydronic (hot water) baseboard heating system in a 1,400 square foot home runs about $6,000-$8,000.
Related articles: Electric Baseboard Heater, Radiant Floor Heating, Central Heating

What should be included:
  • Hydronic (hot water) baseboard heaters are relatively inconspicuous and don't have the fan noise of a forced-air system. They can be used to replace expensive-to-operate electric baseboard heaters where adding ducting for a forced-air system is cost-prohibitive, according to the US Department of Energy. These systems are relatively inexpensive to operate, are energy efficient and provide a constant flow of warm air, but can take time to heat up or cool down. Another disadvantage is that there's no way to add air conditioning to the system. The Eugene Water & Electric Board in Oregon provides an overview[1] of hydronic systems.
  • These systems use a water heater system to heat water and a pump to circulate hot water, which is piped through enclosures styled to look like large decorative baseboards.
Shopping for a hot water baseboard heater:
  • Manufacturers include Embassy Industries[2] and Runtal[3] .
  • Get several estimates, making clear what is (and isn't) included in each quote. Request and check references; ask about the contractor's length and type of experience; and be sure they're properly bonded, insured and licensed in your state[4] . See if there are any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[5] .
post E-mail post Post   Comments (3)
CostHelper News


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013


7 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
forced hot water heater
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: HAN in Hiawatha, KS.Posted: May 17th, 2010 01:05PM
Number of Rooms: 2 effected
We have had baseboard forced hot water heat for at least 45 years and love it. When we remodeled we put in little units under the cabinets with a fan to blow the heat out through vents which is with the forced hot water heat. The fans have quit and we have not been able to find them. Do you have any suggestions? The water still runs through the pipes and keeps it somewhat wartm but is much better with a fan.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Integrating In-floor heating with hot water baseboard heat
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Cornelius J McKenna Sr in Ontario, NY.Posted: November 26th, 2009 07:11PM
Number of Rooms: 10
I have a 40 year old raised ranch with 3 zones of hot water baseboard heat. One zone is the entire 2nd level. One zone is the entire 1st level, and the 3rd zone is at the lower level, but it's a converted garage to an office area. My interest is in respect to the 2nd level bathroom. Currently, there is a hot water baseboard heater element in this bathroom, and I would like to install in-floor heating in this bathroom. Is it feasible to integrate in-floor heating with hot water baseboard? What I essentially saying is could I remove the baseboard element and divert the water throught coils in the bathroom? That took a lot of words of explanation, but I think it's not that complicated. Let me know what you think.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
New system
Amount: $10,000.00
Posted by: KGB in Meriden, CT.Posted: March 27th, 2009 06:03PM
Number of Rooms: 9 rooms (1,500 sq ft)
Got two quotes for adding a new hot water baseboard system to our home renovation. Both quotes came in similar and included the boiler and use Pex. Let's home the quotes are accurate!
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Hot Water Baseboard Heater
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Number of Rooms:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.eweb.org/saveenergy/home/hydronic
  2.  www.embassyind.com/panel/index.asp
  3.  www.runtalnorthamerica.com/residential_radiators/index.html
  4.  www.contractors-license.org/
  5.  search.bbb.org/
More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Does a Fence Cost? How Much Does a Furnace Cost? How Much Does Garden Service Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com




Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Brake repair
Paid: 348.00
I first priced new brake pads and shoes at the register. Then told them to do the job... [more]
-rickdg
Tune-up Cost
Walgreens in North TX
Paid: 31.99
Much less painful and less costly than influenza!... [more]
-Tex Girl
Flu Shot Cost
tune up
Paid: 375.00
Is this normal? I paid $375... [more]
-kelly freeman
Tune-up Cost
Not ready for another baby yet!
Paid: 50.00
I am 24 yrs old and I already have a 6yr old little girl. Im not ready for another baby right now for sure!! I have unprotected sex with my fiancé last night and we just wanted to make sure... [more]
-Fiancé's Passion Needs Relaxin'!
Morning After Pill Cost
Pressure Washing
Paid: 85.00
This lady was so polite and detailed. She pressure washed my driveway, walkway and sidewalk all for $85.00. She also done my neighbor house... [more]
-Miss.Adams
Pressure Washing Cost
garbage disposal and install
Paid: 265.00
I feel I got ripped off. Guy was here 20 minutes took out the old one and replaced with a new one with no brand name that can see. He didn't even break down the charges on the bill. Just a flat 265.00.... [more]
-#sucker
Garbage Disposal Cost