1. Skirting boards with integral heating system.
This is an evolution of the classic baseboard heater which simply sits on or near to the floor, but can be a
little unsightly. Some companies have now developed a heater which is truly integrated into the baseboard, so it
does not intrude into the aesthetics of the room.
These are available in a couple of options
A. Water circuit: These are sometimes referred to as Hydronic baseboard heaters, in which heated
water from a boiler is piped through a radiator concealed within the baseboard moulding, releasing heat into the
The heater is nicely concealed preserving the decor of the room. In terms of installation however, it can be
challenging to retrofit such systems, as pipework needs to be concealed under floors and inside the walls.
B. Electric: in which an ceramic resistive heating element is concealed within the skirting
board. The heated air naturally rises and exits the baseboard through a slot at the top of the moulding. Cool air
enters through a similar slot at the bottom. These can b very effective heaters as cold air generally settles on
the floor of a room, and the heat is also released near floor level.
Care needs to be taken to avoid dust buildup. Retrofitting electric systems is a little easier than water systems
as electric cables are easier to run through concealed spaces, and leaks are no issue.
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2. Baseboards with integrated electrical ducting.
Running new electrical and audiovisual(AV) cables in many homes can be challenging without tearing up walls and
floors. One solution can be to intall skirting boards with integrated duting or conduit for cabling.
These are available in a large range of styles from tradition timber-look PVC moulding to modern extruded
aluminium sleek profiles.
Check with your local authority if this method is allowed in your area.
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