It is not uncommon to find homes where the central forced air—or old gravity heating—systems have been removed and replaced with electric forced air wall heaters. The former register locations make convenient locations to install the new heaters.
If the installer takes a short cut, and installs the heater right down to the floor instead of installing baseboard that would allow for proper clearances, overheating of the floor can and will happen. This is a fairly serious fire hazard and most home inspectors will call for immediate repairs—prior to further use—-of such heaters. The heaters pictured here have a 4″ minimum clearance requirement.
If you look carefully at the picture, you should be able to see the scorching of the wood floor in front of the heater. While the temperature of the floor indicated on the ifra-red thermoter is not high enough to result in combustion, the heater was only operated for a few minutes and prolonged use of the heater would result in much higher temperatures—-certainly high enough to result in Pyrolysis. Pyrolysis is when the expected combustion temperature of a material is lowered by repeated heating.
Carpeting installed in conjunction with this installation would compound the issue.
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