ELECTRIC BB HEATERS, NON- HYDRONIC, ARE NOISY AT START UP. HERE AT 8500 FT ABOVE SEA LEVEL WITH EXTREMELY LOW HUMIDITY THEY PING, WHINE AND POP. THE MOST COMMON BRAND IS CADET AND MOST FINS ARE ALUMINUM. ARE THERE ANY BRANDS OR METALO COMBINATIONS THAT ARE QUIET. FAHRENHEAT AND QMARK CLAIM IT BUT IS IT REAL.
I M AN ELECTRICIAN AND THE ELECTRIC BASEBOARD IS OFTEN USED UP HERE ESPECIALLY WITH NAT GAS HIGH AND SOLAR MORE POPULAR. PLEASE RESPOND WITH YOUR EXPERIENCE/
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Not sure that would pass code. But, you may want to check with the local building inspections dept in your area, before doing it. The other down side will be, the heat will start 12" of the floor rather than floor level. As you are aware, heat rises, so that would mean the lower 12" to the floor is going to remain cold. Want feel very good on bare feet that just jumped out of bed.
My PLF504 detonated this morning (11-25-2010). It worked fine for two years then BANG. Room was lit by flame coming from center (left to right) of unit. I wrote Marley asking them to honor the 10 year heater element warranty. Also, no burnt wires at thermostat connection, no dust bunnies on the fins. Source of fire was the fluid filled encapsulated heater core. Thank God, circuit breaker tripped and wall was tiled.
I have some confusion about what you are asking......
There is no such thing as "Hydronic Electric Baseboards"......
I am assuming you are referring to the oil filled baseboard heaters. If so....
The same amount of btu's required to heat a space remain the same whether the elements heat a liquid to warm the air or whether they heat the air directly, the same amount of wattage will be consumed. So, their is no more or less efficiency between the two.
If you are referring to "Hydronic Baseboard Heaters" (these baseboards are fed from a boiler with a pump) Then....I will assume that it is a gas boiler. In which case, the gas boiler would be more cost efficient to operate. If it is an electric the same rule applies as above......the cost is the same.
When you install the baseboard heater make sure the bottom part which is the all thing must sit over the floor and touch the tiles or carpet and use 2 or 3 wood screw against the wall. That is it and do not put any kind of paper or cotton or material things above the cover. Beside that you are ok and it is not like an electric wall heater.
I believe you interpretation of the code is a bit skewed in that the fundamental concern is to not route power cords over a heat source which might cause the insulation on that wire to exceed its rated operating temp and fail. The heaters themselves have shrowds over them so there are no exposed surfaces hot enough to melt wire insulation and when you think about it ..2000 watts disipated over a long baseboard section is not that hot. If I were you, I would go ahead and install them and not worry about the warning.. The warning also removes any liability from the heater manufacturer in the event something happens.. Common sense would dictate that you wouldn't intentionally drape power cords all over the heaters... Just use common sense and not worry about it..