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Dimplex Linear Convectors - Not Your Average Baseboard Heaters

rapid-air-flow-300With a computerized design and state-of-the-art fluid dynamics, the DIMPLEX Linear Convector and Linear Proportional Convector bring the 50-year-old baseboard heating concept into the 21st century.

Unlike conventional baseboard heaters, which create a wide, slow-moving curtain of air that inches up the wall and creeps across the room, Linear Convector heaters discharge heat through a top vent.

The vertical laminar airflow directs heat to the ceiling, thereby quickly speeding the warm air to the center of the room, efficiently taking half the time of the traditional heater.

Rapid Air Flow:

The Linear Convector LC Series and Linear Proportional Convector LPC Series baseboard heaters use a nickel chromium resistance wire-heating element that is encased inside a stainless-steel sheath designed with spiral steel fins to facilitate the transfer of heat.

  • Employing a convection process, where air warmed by the heater becomes less dense, they allow the warm air to rise.
  • When the warm air leaves the heating devices, it draws the denser cooler air, near the floor, into the space it vacated to be warmed. As the warm air cools, it sinks back to the floor area and is taken back into the heaters to be warmed again.
  • Unlike the traditional electric heater, Linear Convectors have a top vent discharge design. This results in pushing the less dense warm air more rapidly up towards the ceiling and sends heat flowing to the center of the room.

A critical difference between a conventional baseboard heater and the Linear Convectors is that the traditional heater does not keep things warm for long.

This is because of the on/off features of their built-in thermostats. Quick cooling of the heating elements and the outer steel case (which also contributes to heating) bring down the temperature in the room quickly.

Dimplex Linear Convector baseboards provide a clean, quiet operation, without the on/off ticking. Convectors do not have movable parts, which eliminates that irritating operational buzzing noise most noticeable in traditional baseboard heaters.

In comparison to the traditional baseboard heaters, the unique features of the Linear Convector baseboard heater include:

  • Delivery of heat based on a sensitive electronic thermostat to within 1/2°C or 1°F, to regulate and maintain an even temperature throughout the room.
  • Linear Convectors are reasonably priced, and considering the 33% energy savings in comparison to a traditional baseboard heater, there is a marked difference in the monthly electric bills.
  • They function smoothly after quick and easy installation.
  • lpc-blue-wall-400The compact size of the LC can be as much as 40% smaller in length than the traditional baseboard heaters. More wall space means a more flexible floor plan to accommodate the home's decor, lending more space for furnishings or other desireable items.
  • Linear Convector baseboard heaters increase airflow by 40% over heaters with their 50-year-old traditional baseboard designs.
  • Linear Convectors respond quickly to the changes in the room's temperature.
  • In comparison, the LC heater offers twice the heat per foot.
  • The LC heater cuts in half the time to bring a room up to the desired temperature.

In comparison to the traditional baseboard heaters, the unique features of Linear Proportional Convector baseboards include:

  • The Linear Proportional Convector, designed with the professional electrician in mind, has a built-in electronic thermostat with heat proportioning for improved performance and reduced energy consumption.
  • Like the Linear Convector baseboard heater, the Linear Proportional Convector baseboard heater offers twice the amount of heat per foot in comparison to the traditional baseboard heater.
  • The LPC offers a proportioning thermostat with CSA-C828 compliant control (+/-0.5°C/1°F) RF transceiver, for on-board temperature control and heater-to-heater telegraphing when used with the CONNEX™ wireless thermostat.
  • The reduced length for wattages of 500W to 2,500W, range from 20" to 60," which minimizes the use of wall space, and offers a higher degree of flexibility for room design.
  • The LPC's built-in thermostat is much different than conventional thermostats. Traditional baseboard heater thermostats operate full-on / full-off, meaning the thermostat will shut down during the heating cycle. In contrast, LPC heaters with their proportional thermostat, run continuously at the lowest possible level, to match the heat loss in the room.
  • One great advantage of the LC and LPC heaters over the traditional baseboard heater is the cost, the heaters themselves are reasonably priced and the 33% energy savings is noticeable in the monthly electric bills.

Compatible with the Linear Proportional Convectors, the state-of-the-art CONNEX™ wireless thermostat offers the ability to set the temperature from anywhere in the room.

connex-controllers-diagram-This low-cost control wirelessly communicates with the temperature-sensing mechanism housed within the Linear Proportional Convector baseboard unit and synchronizes with the heater through remote control technology, thereby allowing the temperature to be set from anywhere in the room without physically adjusting the heat on the Linear Proportional baseboard itself.

The Linear Proportion Convector heater is also compatible with the Multi-zone Programmable CONNEX™ that wirelessly operates four individual heat zones and synchronizes multiple Linear Proportional Convectors to one controller for precise temperature control throughout the home.

With an easy-to-use touch screen, this thermostat allows for 7-day/4-event programming that combines with zone heating for energy savings.

By synchronizing one CONNEX™ controller to multiple LPCs, the controller can regulate all of the heaters from one location throughout the system. Each component must be within 45 feet of the other system component.

Advantages over traditional baseboard heater thermostats

Unlike the traditional baseboard heater, Linear Convectors and Linear Proportional Convectors have the capability to use to CONNEX™ controllers. The key features are:

  • The ability to control heaters from one location throughout the system.
  • Programmable for 7 days or 4-event programming (Available only in Linear Proportional Convectors).
  • Energy savings through zone heating.
  • Remote synchronization.
  • State-of-the-art touch-screen controls (Available only in Linear Proportional Convectors).

All Dimplex electric heaters are 100% efficient, meaning that there are no external losses, such as heat escaping up the chimney, as was the case in gas- and oil-fired systems.

In controlled testing by Dimplex engineers, it was found that the end user of the Linear Convector baseboard heater and Linear Proportional Convector heaters can also expect a 10% energy savings because of reduced heat loss through outside walls.

The Linear Proportional Convector baseboard comes with an onboard electronic thermostat that controls and maintains a consistent room temperature, which results in a 33% energy savings, and that means lower electric bills!

lpc-thermo-300Advantages over traditional baseboard heaters:

Linear Convector and Linear Proportional Convector baseboard heaters are effective, efficient replacements for traditional baseboard heaters. Just look at the advantages!

  • Faster heat production
  • Very little space required
  • Inconspicuous
  • They are quiet, safe and energy efficient
  • Easy to install
  • Perfect as stand-alone heating systems for smaller spaces
  • Remote temperature controls available with multiple units, for larger spaces and room-to-room heating
  • They quickly and efficiently heat rooms after abrupt changes in temperature, resulting from things like the sudden opening of doors or windows
  • Accurate and integrated electronic controls
  • They use only natural convection to heat ambient air

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