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    Do electric baseboard heater have a seer rating?

    I'm in the process of buying a fujitsu wall unit for cooling and heating, and I want to try and figure out the difference in efficiency between the two.

    So does anyone know what is the equivalent seer rating of standard 1000w, 1500watt or 2000 watt electric baseboard heater.

    Thank you for your help.

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    Electric heat is 100% efficient, meaning everything that is put into it you get back out. Even though you technically don't lose anything, resistive heat is very expensive to operate due to the higher rate that electricity costs compared to natural gas. If your question is whether a ductless heat pump would be less expensive to operate than the electric baseboard, my answer would be yes.

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    Heat has no SEER rating, SEER is a cooling rating. Heat is AFUE, HSPF, or COP. Your electric baseboard heat has a COP of 1.
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    I don't understand why the standard around here in Quebec is Baseboard electric heating, over 90% of the house made today use that form of heating.

    My house which is relatively new, use around 12000KW of electricity per year for heating alone, that's a lot of electricity. My house is extremly well insulated, if I compared to my mother's house which is smaller, it cost her 30000KW of electricity per year in heating.

    I'm trying to figure out if purchasing a hvac is a good investment for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shingor6 View Post
    I don't understand why the standard around here in Quebec is Baseboard electric heating, over 90% of the house made today use that form of heating.

    My house which is relatively new, use around 12000KW of electricity per year for heating alone, that's a lot of electricity. My house is extremly well insulated, if I compared to my mother's house which is smaller, it cost her 30000KW of electricity per year in heating.

    I'm trying to figure out if purchasing a hvac is a good investment for me.
    Do you have natural gas available?

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    Quote Originally Posted by big sky hvac View Post
    Do you have natural gas available?
    Yes I do, but the price of the electricity is so low compared to natural gas that I'm not convinced it's worth it.

    The electricity is around .07$ KW/h for the natural gaz it's a bit more expansive than the average price in the us.

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    Any Heatpumps up there ?

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    Electric heat in quebec makes sense.

    The effective equivalent HSPF of baseboard heaters is a pathetic 3.4.

    A mini-split heatpump is a good option in your case - keep the baseboards for backup.

    12 000 kwh for resistance heat is low - a heatpump may reduce that by 30-40% over the season.


    I don't understand why the standard around here in Quebec is Baseboard electric heating, over 90% of the house made today use that form of heating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shingor6 View Post
    I don't understand why the standard around here in Quebec is Baseboard electric heating, over 90% of the house made today use that form of heating.
    Hydroelectric power, maybe? Plus it's easy and cheap to install. Even so, a heatpump makes a lot of sense in your area.

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    3.414 BTU's of heat per watt. This is an immutable law of physics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texanna Slim View Post
    3.414 BTU's of heat per watt. This is an immutable law of physics.
    And???

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    All the money is invested in the looks of the house and nothing in the heating & cooling system because electricity is to cheap here in Quebec.
    I think we have the biggest market in the world for electric furnaces here.

    Most of the people installs mini split unit when they have baseboards. It's the solution that will cost you less to save. but you still need your baseboards past -12c or -20c depending on the brand and type you wont get much out of your unit. but you will still manage to save quite a bit on your monthly bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sktn77a View Post
    And???
    Therefore, there cannot be any of rating for electric heat It is what it is.....3.414 BTU's per watt.

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