One of the biggest benefits of baseboard heaters is the control they offer for different temperatures in different parts of your home. Each room - or zone - has a thermostat so you can adjust the temperature specifically for that space.
Multi-zone systems like this offer lots of potential for efficiency, enabling you to only heat the parts of your home that you’re actually using, and lower the overall temperature when you leave the home, or go to bed.
However, going round to adjust every thermostat every night and every morning can be a hassle. Plus, if you can only turn the thermostat up when you wake up, you’ve then got to wait 20-30 minutes for your home to warm up. And what if you go away for the weekend and forget to turn all the thermostats down?
A simpler, smarter solution
This is where smart thermostats come in. They don’t save energy by themselves, but they make it much easier for you to control your heating more efficiently, via your smartphone, wherever you are.
However, up until recently, there hasn’t been a smart thermostat solution for baseboards. That’s because most smart thermostats use 24 volts, whereas baseboard heaters use between 120 to 240 volts. So if you connected a regular smart thermostat to your baseboard system, it’d be toast.
Baseboards, meet line voltage smart thermostats
That’s why we’re so excited about line voltage smart thermostats, which are designed to work with this much higher voltage. If you swapped out all your regular baseboard thermostats for line voltage smart thermostats, you could configure an efficient heating schedule that adds up to some big savings on your bill.
On the surface, line voltage smart thermostats aren’t cheap, with one of the most popular models costing $139. Buying 4 or 5 is obviously a significant investment. However, some models claim they can save you around 20% on your energy bill.
Using that 20% savings estimate, we used our cost calculator to crunch the numbers on how line voltage smart thermostats could pay for themselves in under 2 years:
5x line voltage smart thermostats at $139 + tax = $778.40
Average cost of running baseboard heaters for 12 hours a day in a 1,000 square foot apartment = $2,050
Estimated annual savings of 20% = $410
Estimated annual savings of 20% x 2 years = $820
$820 minus the cost of 5x smart thermostats ($778.40) = $41.60
Obviously, this is just an estimate and your own savings will depend on a variety of factors, but recouping your investment in just 2 years is totally possible.
On top of those savings and the convenience of being able to control your heating from anywhere, most models also connect to Alexa, Siri or Google Home. So if you were ever feeling a bit chilly watching TV on the sofa, all you’d have to do is shout out and - voila - some extra heat!