I have a question about electric heat.
house was built in 1972, and it has always had electric
heat, and the hot water is heated by solar panels on the
roof. Each room has its own thermostat.
like the electric heat. It's quite affordable,
especially when considering that it's our only utility
expense, and it's easy to manage the expense on a
12-month budget. Plus, we turn a knob, and it comes on.
We're warm in a minute. No ashes to clean, no wood to
haul, no oil, no furnace, nothing to repair or replace.
had the interior of the house painted about 12 years
ago. I'm noticing that now we have black, sooty marks on
a lot of our walls, worse in some rooms than others.
This soot appears to be related to the electric heat.
husband replaced a few radiators a couple of years ago,
but I don't think that's the problem. He didn't replace
any in our bedroom, for example, and there are a lot of
soot marks in there. They follow the studs on the walls,
and also there is soot along the places where the walls
and ceilings meet, and around any wall sockets. The soot
will clean off, but not easily.
this something we should be concerned about? There's no
furnace or anything, so do we maybe need new radiators?
always keep the furniture clear of the radiators because
they can get so hot. Do you think the soot indicates
that there is a danger of fire? Is there anything we can
do to avoid this problem? Do we need to use anything
special to prepare the walls before we repaint? Or any
special kind of paint?
As I recall from the brief period I had electric
baseboard heat, the soot is the result of dust settling
on the radiators, then burning off when the heaters are
turned on, thus causing soot deposits on the walls.
least that's what I was told, and it made sense. I've
done extensive online research since I received your
inquiry, and I have found nothing contradicting that
we had hot-water heat, we had sooty deposits on the
walls behind the radiators, which were ancient.
Recalling the baseboard heat soot, I cleaned the
radiators regularly and the soot buildup was limited,
but never went away.
assume you'll have greater control.