*Post published today thanks Skaters, and features the gifted producer for explicit review purposes. . All opinions are my own
I’ll be honest. When we moved into our first house that had baseboard heating, I was really nervous. Up until that point, our heat had always come from the heat pump and ducts/broilers in the house. The thought of gas-fired heating was scary, and I remember feeling very anxious when I heard hot water heating the pipes along the walls in our new house. It creaked and groaned, and I had no experience with that.
Eight years later, I can honestly tell you that I love shingle heating. Now that we’re used to it (both mid-century homes we lived in had it), I think I’ll actually choose it in all of our future homes. Rooms stay comfortable and warm throughout the winter, and it’s a smart, easy-to-understand system. The only thing that I am no Love about baseboard heating? The look of those old original metal covers at the floor level in our rooms.
In my experience, those old covers are usually scratched, dented, and generally look dirty thanks to 60+ years of use, and I’ve already started to paint most of the original covers in our old house. I didn’t really want to do that here in our new house, because it’s hard work, and the paint has a hard time adhering to the metal surface of these types of heaters.
Instead, as you may remember from last summer, I teamed up with Baseboarders to update the look of our old baseboard heater covers. Installation was very easy These covers are stylish and modern, and instantly updated the look of our heaters. I thought it might be a good idea to share an updated review of the Baseboarders covers now that we’ve been using them for four months or so – especially now that we’ve been using them with real heat running through them, of course!
essence? We truly love everything about our heater covers. Like I said, it’s very easy to install, and after four months, it looks brand new. And that’s saying something considering the fact that I’ve painted around them, have three pets that scratch them when their toys get stuck underneath them, and I’ve moved furniture across them several times. They don’t scratch at all despite constant contact, and any paint stains from room renovation projects can be easily wiped away thanks to the powder-coated steel material in the covers themselves.
These photos above show what our original baseboard heaters look like in the home, and you can keep scrolling to see some detailed before/after photos. If you’d like to see more photographs of our “old vs. new” panel heaters, click back here to re-read my introductory post from the summer. This post goes into a little more depth on things like manufacturing and installation as well.
What you might be picking up on is the fact that older baseboard heaters stuck out like a sore thumb because of that long, open notch along the top of the heater cover. This slit caught the eye, drawing inevitable attention to itself, and the slit also allowed a lot of dust, dirt, and pet hair to get into the interior of the heater, making it work less efficiently.
Now, instead, Baseboarders’ new perforated heater covers cover the entire heating element to keep it clean, and this also makes it blend more easily with existing walls and floor moldings. I was concerned about the fact that our Baseboarders come in white and our mold is painted cream, but the white complements the cream well. I would definitely recommend it, even if you have a contrasting colour.
In the end, there is no way to do so completely Base heaters are visually hidden, but these covers make them look sleeker and slimmer. I really have nothing but glowing things to say! Click here To purchase covers for your home, use my code “DREAMGREENDIY10” to get an exclusive discount from now until January. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to update the post with more relevant information as needed.