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taxidriver

08:53AM | 09/04/07
Member Since: 09/02/07
3 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
How many watts of heat should I have per square foot of floor space?

Also does anyone know if there are any Compact baseboard heaters?

Thank you for your help

Billhart

03:17PM | 09/04/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Well it depends on whether you are trying to heat a leaky pup temp at the North Pole or if you have a supper insulate house in Florida.

You need to do a heat loss calcualtion.

Check the HVAC forum.

Tom O

04:14PM | 09/05/07
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
As a rough rule of thumb in the area I live in (WV), 10 watts per square foot in a reasonably well insulated house will maintain a 90 degree temperature differential (-20 outside, + 70 inside).

But to know for sure, the heat loss calculation suggested by Bill is a must. They aren't that hard to do, but you do need to have quite a few measurements on hand.
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