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How Much Does it Cost to Install an Electric Baseboard?

Unless you are lucky enough to live in a tropical climate, you will probably have the need for heating in your home for at least part of the year. One of the most affordable options on the market for home heating is the electric baseboard, which can be easily installed without duct-work, which is a major cost in most household heating systems. Before you hire a professional to install one or more electric baseboards, use this guide to get a better idea of the expenses of the project as well as any associated costs that might influence your budget in the future.

National Install an Electric Baseboard or Wall Heater Costs

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National Install an Electric Baseboard or Wall Heater Costs
Average reported cost $646
Number of Cost Profiles 178 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $75
Maximum reported cost $1,500
Most homeowners spent between: $476 to $798

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Average Costs of Electric Baseboard Installation

Since electric baseboards are relatively affordable compared to other heating options for the home, homeowners can look to straightforward installation costs. From home to home, the price of professional installation should remain somewhat stable, with just a few factors influencing the final expense. The general rule of thumb is to expect to pay somewhere between $402 and $592 for professional installation of an electric baseboard.

Average Cost of the Unit Alone

One important thing to keep in mind is that the price of the electric baseboard itself will influence the total cost of the installation project. In most cases, however, the electric baseboard is well under half the cost of the labor. While some high-end models can be run upwards of $400, the average electric baseboard for residential use costs less than $100.

Factors That Influence Installation Cost

Along with the cost of the electric baseboard itself, there are some additional factors that have the potential to affect the cost of installation. Homeowners who install more than one electric baseboard at a time, for example, may enjoy reduced costs from the professional installation team. Replacing existing electric baseboards means that the electric wiring is already in place, which will drive down your costs further.

Costs of Your Installation Location Choice

Homeowners should carefully consider the location of their electric baseboards. Placing them behind furniture or underneath windows, for example, might block airflow or reduce heating, which will raise your energy costs over time.

With this helpful guide, homeowners can know what to expect when it comes to professionally installing an electric baseboard.

Last updated on May 17, 2016

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