I ran a search and found this thread
, which was helpful, but I still need some help and reassurance, here.
We're looking to rent a house with baseboard heat. I've never had to deal with this before... as far as I can tell it's pretty rare here. Most places have gas heat, and some have oil. Rarely do I go into anyone's house or apartment and see baseboard heaters. So excuse my ignorance.
Honestly, it scares me. Mostly I'm just worried that my curious 2-year old will stick her hand up in there and burn herself or something. Do they really not get that hot? It totally looked like there was plenty of space to shove her hand in there. That was, by far, my biggest concern. Because I know she'd be trying to play with it. At least for awhile in the beginning.
The owner, who has lived there himself for 12 years, leveled with us about the high electrical cost, so I know what I'm getting into there. I'm hoping there are some tips or tricks to help save on costs. There's one fireplace in the middle of the house, but it's just a standard wood-burning fireplace, and I read somewhere else on MDC that those can actually bring more cold air into the house. It's a tri-level house, if that helps... with the bedrooms over the garage, rec room, and laundry/bath-room, and the kitchen and living room (w/ the fireplace) in the main part, so there are stairs going up and down from there.
I'm not even sure if the heaters were all individually controlled - DP says he thought there was just one general thermostat, but after reading the thread above, does that even exist? It seems that they're all individually controlled? And how do you get around the spacial issues? It seems like there's so many fewer places to put things when there's giant sections of the wall that you can't put anything near.
I think the baseboard heat is the biggest thing holding me back from jumping all over that house. I guess I'm wondering if I should be reassured, or warned. Heh. Really, anything anybody can tell me about them things would be great. Thanks