How Much Does It Cost To Install An Electric Baseboard Heater?


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Install Electric Baseboard Heater Costs

Indoor Cost Guides      Air-Conditioning & Heating (HVAC)      Install Electric Baseboard Heater Costs

Heating and cooling costs take up a considerable amount of most household budgets, sometimes more than 70%! It is a primary driving factor behind making changes and improvements in how a home is heated, cooled, and even insulated. One simple step that a lot of homeowners take is to switch over the heating system in the home or several rooms to a more efficient option, like electric baseboard heaters.

Whether it is because you feel your heating system is dated and unable to heat a room or two adequately, or because you want the upgrade, this guide to the cost to install electric baseboard heaters will help. The heaters can be added individually to a single room, or every room in the house can have one installed. The units themselves are very affordably priced, and it is typically the electrical work to install them that takes up much of the cost for installation.

Like so many home improvement projects, though, the individual heating units can vary widely due to the features and functions selected. As an example, you might opt for hydronic heaters or thermostatic controls, and there are more and more options for automated and smart home connected units.

Item Cost
Electric Baseboard Heating Units $120 to $2500
Thermostats (Automatic/Programmable) $30 to $70
Labor $75 to $250 per hour
Total Cost $225-$3,070

Other considerations and costs

  • Purchasing the most efficient models is a great way to save over the long term, even though the units may be higher priced at the outset.
  • Remember that any electric baseboard heater can be painted to make it less noticeable or even to give it a decorative function in the room.
  • Placement of a heater is a significant factor in just how well it performs its assigned task. Working with the electrician is an excellent way to find out how to keep the costs of installation down, but also look at the manufacturer’s recommendations about ideal placement.
  • Keep in mind that the use of an electric baseboard heater can help you keep your home far more comfortable, if not placed correctly or if in a home without adequate insulation, they can become cost-prohibitive.
  • Opt to have automated thermostats installed to ensure you create easy to control zones in the house. The thermostats are connected to individual heating elements and keep the different rooms at the desired temperature, ensuring cost efficiency and comfort.

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DIY considerations

  • Installing an electric baseboard heater is not a DIY project and is best if done by a local, licensed electrician with a lot of experience in just this sort of project. Get several bids, find out if any permits are required, and hire only a contractor specializing in such installations.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

  • New York, NY$2,651
  • Bronx, NY$2,178
  • Brooklyn, NY$1,815
  • Philadelphia, PA$2,265
  • Washington, DC$1,965
  • Atlanta, GA$1,778
  • Miami, FL$1,617
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$1,694
  • Minneapolis, MN$1,987
  • Chicago, IL$2,315
  • Houston, TX$2,388
  • San Antonio, TX$1,603
  • Austin, TX$1,815
  • Denver, CO$1,534
  • Phoenix, AZ$1,618
  • Las Vegas, NV$1,776
  • Los Angeles, CA$2,001
  • San Diego, CA$1,816
  • San Jose, CA$2,193
  • Seattle, WA$1,606

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