Clear the area around baseboard heaters

Why? There may be furniture directly in front of the baseboard heaters along your wall. Blocking the heater can reduce the heat that reaches the room, so you pay more for energy but feel less warm. Similarly, a dirty baseboard heater will not be as efficient as a clean one.


  • Clear the surrounding area. Move furniture, drapes, and other objects at least six inches away from the baseboard so the heated air can circulate freely around the room.
  • Clean. Carefully vacuum the coils inside the unit at least once at the beginning of each heating season.
  • Keep windows closed. Given the proximity of baseboards to windows, be sure that nearby windows are closed tightly.

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