How Much Does it Cost to Wire Electric Baseboard Heater?

Are you looking to install electric baseboard heating? The cost to wire an electric baseboard heater will typically run between $240 to $410 for one unit, including both materials and labor.

If you plan to have your electrician install several heaters in one visit, the cost per unit may be reduced.

Cost Breakdown

  • Materials -- Choose electric baseboard heaters according to your heating needs. There are models with anywhere from 500 to 2000 watts, which translates to the capacity to heat from 50 to 200 square feet of space.
  • Labor -- Labor includes the cost to install the electric baseboard heater. Installation of a programmable thermostat may or may not be included.

Get the Most for Your Money

The US Department of Energy states that electric baseboard heaters are the most expensive heating system to operate. Use them in the following cases: as a supplement to your furnace, when you want to heat only one room, or in a home addition which can't be easily hooked up to your existing ductwork. Insulate your home and add programmable thermostats for more efficient energy use.

On the other hand, electric baseboard heaters offer several strong advantages. They are one of the safest heating systems available, as long as they are properly installed, with at least a foot of clearance above and below. (Check your local building code specifications regarding baseboard heater installation.) They will not flame, explode, or produce carbon monoxide; can be installed in a small space; and are simple to maintain.