More than 80 years after William Hicks invented the first electrical baseboard heater in 1925, Dimplex just made a sweeping change in the industry with a very powerful product launch.
The first patent for an electric baseboard heater was patent number 1,664,171, filed in 1925 and issued Mar 27, 1928
You can see the whole patent here:
Mr. Hicks was well ahead of his time and actually successfully made a design that replaced the actual wood baseboards and hid the heater behind it. That is something that people are still trying to invent today. Hence the birth of the name “Baseboard Heater” because the heater was also the baseboards!
Now Dimplex is adding to their already successful baseboard heater business with an engineering masterpiece.
The heater is available in 7 sizes in 5 inch increments from 20 inches up to 5 feet long. Yes, you read correctly, the 2,500 watt heater is only 5 feet long. They have shrunk the heaters down and maintained the same price point as standard inexpensive baseboard heaters such as their own BN series, the Qmark 2500 series, Cadet baseboard heaters, etc.
• Faster heating of the room than a conventional baseboard due to rapid vertical laminar air flow, directing heat to the ceiling, speeding dispersal of warm air into the center of the room
• Improved performance and reduced length through use of top heat discharge and new fin design
• Superior shark-fin blade design on a steel tubular element for improved heat transfer and longer life
• Discreet styling, reduced length and added versatility of placement provide more options when designing a room
• May be used with wall or top mounted built-in thermostat (not included)
• Full length automatic overheat reset for safety
• All residential applications, commercial offices, lobbies, washrooms
They are also releasing the same family of heaters with a thermostat control system that we have all been waiting for. The LPC series will have a transceiver mounted on it that allows wireless single, or multiple heater temperature control. This Electronic Thermostat is On-board and can communicate with any and all other baseboard heaters in the house. There is also a Wall Mounted Remote Control Optional accessory that also uses radio frequency to remotely control any or all heaters along with the on-board settings. Each LPC can be linked with the Wall Mounted Remote Control (optional), allowing one remote to do Whole-Home temperature control. The remote communicates by radio frequency, giving users the convenience of setting temperature, and locating the remote on the wall of their choosing.
The Dimplex Linear Convector incorporates aesthetic, performance, and logistical benefits that appeal to both end users and contractors, said the company. The convector is shorter, heats faster, and reduces heat loss through the wall.
To be available in summer 2011, the linear convector is up to 42 percent shorter than conventional baseboard heaters. It features top discharge to transfer heated air to the room fast. A unique shark-fin blade shape for its heating element fins improves heat transfer and accelerates heated air into the room. This configuration also creates a laminar flow effect that reduces heat loss through the outside wall up to 10 percent, providing energy savings to the end user.
It comes in a range of sizes (500-2,500 W).
More info is here: