The Bottom Line
- Energy efficient
- Looks nice
- Similar installation as a standard baseboard heater
- A little pricey
- Takes a lot of room on the wall
- Needs clearance from furniture, drapes
- Radiant baseboard heater, 1500-watt
- Requires 220V electrical installation by qualified electrician
- Quiet operation
- Uses 30% less energy than traditional baseboard heaters
Guide Review - Noma Convection Wall Heater Review
This Noma 1500-watt heater (one of three) was installed in a house addition to heat a section of a large room in an open concept home. The coverage area (for this heater) is estimated at about 300 sq. ft. The reason we chose convection rather than a standard baseboard heater is mainly for the energy savings, since they use 30% less energy. The 1500-watt output is really more than needed, but we wanted the heat to transfer out of this space through to the next room, and it does fill this need.
As for heat, this Noma convection heater does a very good job of heating the space and having it radiate out to the rest of the room. It heats quickly. This particular model does not have a fan (our choice). We had heard that heaters with fans were much noisier when cycling on/off. As for operating noise of this heater - there really is none, you cannot hear it come on or off, except that when there's a drastic change in temperature, you can sometimes hear the metal contract. Otherwise, you have to touch it to know that it's operating, or feel the heat. The metal casing does get hot.
My biggest issue with the Noma convection heaters is price - around $150 each. This is roughly three times more than with standard baseboard heaters. I realize that convection is a different heating technology and therefore the cost is higher.
I was also surprised at the amount of space a convection heater requires. The lower wattage units are cheaper and also smaller in size. Even though we had preplanned the space to install three (1 x 1500w, 2 x 750w) convection heaters in the entire addition, we did have to be careful placing furniture and drapes, after they were installed.
Installation was 220-volt, so it and the companion thermostat (purchased separately), were roughed in, then connected to the service panel by an electrician. Compared to a regular baseboard heater, this particular style of convection heater was installed about 4" off the floor on the wall and not at the base of the wall. So these heaters are more noticeable than baseboard heaters, but they do look nice, just large.
Would I install these convection heaters again? Yes, definitely - I can overlook the size in order to reduce overall energy costs. Though they cost considerably more, they will pay off over time.