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Toe Kick Heaters – A Great Way to Kick Start Added Heat

Toe Kick Heaters – A Great Way to Kick Start Added Heat

Many homes have one – that room or area of the house that never feels quite warm enough come winter. Sure, you can dress a little warmer, pile on an extra blanket, or even plug in a space heater to make the room more habitable. But those options aren’t always practical. Fortunately, there’s a better option – one that’s more cost-effective than installing an additional baseboard unit.  They’re called toe kick heaters, designed to fill in the gaps of your whole-house heating system.

What is a Toe Kick Heater?

For rooms or spaces that have a challenging layout or those that can’t efficiently be heated with existing baseboard units, a toe kick (or kick-space) heater can deliver comfort and warmth efficiently and economically.  Installed at floor level beneath cabinetry or inside a wall or floor, toe kick heaters are designed to be virtually invisible while delivering supplemental warmth provided by a home’s main HVAC system. And, just for the record, you don’t need to kick them on or off.  They have thermostats just like your whole-house heating system.

Types of Toe Kick Heaters

There are two main types of toe kick heaters. Both draw in cool air, raise its temperature to a preset level by exposing it to a set of heated coils, and gradually return the warmed air into the space. While the two types are similar in many ways, they have one design variation:

  • A hydronic unit heats up the coils by pumping in water from the water heater or boiler.
  • With an electric unit, the coils are heated by electricity.

Chances are you wouldn’t be able to tell the two units apart by their performance, but when it comes to installation, each has its own requirements. Hydronic heaters are typically more costly to install because they require plumbing and electrical modifications. In either case, this is a job best left to a licensed and qualified professional.

Considerations

Toe kick heaters are not a suitable replacement for whole-house heating – but they can be the perfect complement. That makes them a great option for boosting temperatures in challenging areas or small rooms that do not have their own heat source, like a powder room, dressing room, or a kitchen that opens to dining and living areas. What’s more, because toe kick heaters are often designed to be independently configured and controlled, they do not need to operate in lockstep with a home’s main heating system. This feature enables you to exercise complete control over the room’s temperature without the need to spike the heat in the rest of the house.

Is your home lacking a consistent distribution of indoor heat? If so, contact Correct Temp so we can figure out the right solution for your home, family and budget – just like always.

Toe Kick Heaters – A Great Way to Kick Start Added Heat