Electric wall heaters provide a convenient solution for heating small or remote rooms, or for supplementing a central heating system. Since they require only electrical connections and no external venting, electric wall heaters can be placed in virtually any location with minimal preparation. The size, style, and placement of your wall heater will contribute to the cost of installation, so discuss the features of your home and your heater with your electrician or installer.
Installations at Homes and Businesses
Installation procedures for electric wall heaters are consistent in many applications, though the size of appliances used may vary between residential and commercial locations. Installing an average unit in a detached home, where wiring is generally accessible, costs about $304. In apartments, where electrical panels are often centrally located and wiring may be more complex, the job costs about $417. Depending on the size and layout of business locations, larger wall heaters may be needed than in most homes. Extra manpower or special scheduling may increase installation costs, which average $584.
New and Replacement Wall Heaters
Since existing wiring can generally be used to connect a replacement wall heater, installing a new unit in a prepared site is generally uncomplicated and costs about $317. Any repairs or upgrades needed to accommodate a replacement heater may increase overall expenses, so be sure to discuss with your installer if work will be necessary to provide adequate wiring or structural support. Installing an electric wall heater in a new location usually involves changes to your home’s wiring to power the unit and some structural changes for mounting or fitting the appliance. The level of preparation needed will affect the cost of a new installation, which averages $262, nationally.
Electric wall heaters are generally designed to service a single room, though the size and layout of your home will help determine if a single heater may be effective heating more than one area. Installing a wall unit to heat a single room costs about $177, while fitting one adequate to heat two rooms may cost $287 since adding vents can increase the difficulty of the job. Large or multiple units may be required to heat several rooms, and may be linked for centralized controls. An installation that serves three rooms may cost $402, while one for more than three rooms could cost $516.
Regardless of the layout and placement of your electric wall heater, the overall size of the space it serves is an important factor in selecting an adequate model. The style, capacity, and size of heating units change according to usage requirements. Installation rates average $154 to set up a heater for a space as small as 100 square feet and $231 for one in a 100 to 500 sq. ft. area. It could cost $382 to install wall units for heating 500 to 1000 sq. ft., $441 for a 1000 to 1500 sq. ft. space, and $608 to set up heating for an area of more than 1500 square feet.
Supplying Materials for Your Project
Though electric wall heaters are available for direct purchase from home centers, dealers, and other retailers, your electrician or contractor can supply one for the job if you prefer. Installation for a unit you have already purchased may cost about $202, compared a total cost of $418 for your contractor to supply and install a heater. Your contractor may charge a markup for his role in ordering and delivering your appliance, but entrusting the responsibility to a pro can help ensure that an effective, high-quality wall heater is provided for your home.
Your Electric Wall Heater Installation
Installing an electric wall heater is an effective way to provide or supplement heating in your home or work area. Though the flexibility of electric heaters provides for a simple installation, the size and features of the unit may affect the difficulty of the job. Consider how the placement of your heater and the condition of the installation site may contribute to project costs.