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Hydrosil electric baseboards?
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Paula    Posted 01-30-2004 at 08:45:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A friend of mine clipped a newspaper ad for this
company's baseboards. Their website is

The idea is that instead of a naked (dry air) electric
element in the baseboard, it is submerged in silicone
liquid so that the heat is retained more efficiently.
Basically the silicone affords it radiant properties and
maintains the thermostat set heat for longer periods
with less energy required. Sounds great to me.

Anyone ever use one or ever heard of them?

klibros    Posted 01-15-2009 at 11:39:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes, I just bought a Hydro-Sill electric heater and I would advise NOT to buy anything from this company.

The first 3 times we used our 120 volt heater it:
heated the room either a few degrees above the thermostat setting or 10 - 12 degrees below the setting. {It was mighty cold when we work up.] It also tripped the breaker in our 220 volt box and every time we turned it on a lamp on the same circuit began to flicker and fade.

When I called Hydro-Sil customer service and explained and said I wanted to return the unit, they said NO. Units are not returnable - it said so on your receipt.

But it is defective, I said. He said. UNITS ARE NOT RETURNABLE. IT SAID SO ON YOUR RECEIPT. GOODBYE and he hung up. so much for their 'lifetime warranty'.

Hydrosil may have been reliable in the past but I would not advise buying from them now. Save yourself some money and use a more reliable company.

Red Dave    Posted 01-30-2004 at 09:20:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Haven't heard of that particular flavor before, but there are a lot of electric heaters out there with some type of heat retaining method. I've seen ceramic, oil, iron, & even bricks used. Basicly anything that has mass will absorb the heat from the element and release it slowly over time. Doesn't really matter what you use to do it, all electric resistance heat is 100% efficient, the claims of increased eficiency is baloney. That's because 100% of the energy that the heating element uses is converted to heat.
All the thermal mass does is smooth out the peaks and valleys of the thermostat's operation.

Brian    Posted 03-23-2004 at 10:31:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Im heating my whole house with these little babies. They look like baseboard heating that runs on electric at 50%-70% savings in heating costs. The site is The items are affordable and can be permantely mounted or portable. They carry different sizes according to room size. The silicone filled tube requires very little electric to heat and retains heat hours after it shuts off via a thermastat.

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Dermot O'Carroll    Posted 04-25-2009 at 09:53:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Hi; I am about to consider the purchase of the Hydrosil for my house of 5200 SQ Ft. I called to get some information and was addressed by a rather "gruff male" not at all helpful!
I am a little worried about this being a sad experience! I live in Northern Ontario Canada.

A.B.BROWN    Posted 01-22-2008 at 16:23:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am interested in information regarding the baseboard heaters that appear in "THIS OLD HOUSE" magazine. I currently have SINGER, 8',units operating on 240 VAC. To room that I am heating with 2 of these SINGER heaters is 20X24 single story. A.B.BROWN, 3944 WEST COLONIAL PKWY.,VIRGINIA BEACH,VA. 23452. MY E-MAIL is JANABBROWN@AOL.COM

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Tim Brady    Posted 09-18-2004 at 11:13:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am considering installing the Hydrosil baseboard heaters in a home instead of conventional ducted forced-air heating. I would greatly appreciate any comments anyone might send me, good or bad. Thank you very much. Tim Brady

Tim Brady    Posted 09-18-2004 at 11:13:18       [Reply]  [No Email]

Jan    Posted 10-18-2004 at 14:24:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I'm also interested in the performance of the Hydrosil basebd heaters.

Are they really cheaper to operate?

Does anyone have direct experience using them?

Barbara    Posted 04-08-2004 at 17:02:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am considering installing hydrosil baseboards. Brian, would you be willing to contact me directly and give me more info regarding your experience. Are you in any way connected with the hydrosil company, other than being a customer? How long have you used hydrosil baseboards? What size is your home? How many hydrosils and in what dimensions have you installed? Have you kept track of their energy useage? Did you install them yourself or hire a contractor? If you hired someone, how much did the installation cost? Thanks, Barbara

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Richard Cope    Posted 10-31-2007 at 07:55:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
To Jeff I want to thank you for for the great service that Hydro-Sil and customer service give's, not only do you provide great heaters and warranty that you stand behind, I was skeptical when I first bought them how ever your product does exactly as advertised I was heating by gas when I switched over to Hydro-sil baseboard heaters they cut my heating bill in half . I had them about 9 years when one of my 8ft heater quit working and my 4ft portable I called Mr. Jeff Robins, he was very Professional and told me to send the heaters back and they would replace them, true to his word and the warranty
I mailed them on Thursday and I receive back new heaters in 9 working days
I thank you and you proved that you cannot go wrong with Hydro-sil !

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Kim    Posted 05-12-2004 at 11:08:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I know Mother Earth News advertises for Hydrosil.
I am also interested in what Brian has to say. How long have you been using Hydrosil? TKS!

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Tippy in Chillzville!    Posted 10-25-2005 at 01:53:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd like to know how well the Hydrosil's work, too. I have severe cold intolerance and am stuck in a place with forced-air heat. I need lots of very even and consistent heat.(without mega power drain) since this place has old wiring, in fact had a fuse blow just tonight because I inadvertently overloaded guessed it...heaters! Lol! I have 4 oil-filled radiators, can only run 2 without a blow out. Helllp! I'd gladly buy several Hydrosils if they're cost effective and HEAT well. Thanks!!! P.S. maan we in for some major fuel bills this year hey! (I live in the frozen north...I needa sunny clime!!) Stay warm kiddiez! Lol! ( :0)

sgpiro    Posted 10-29-2005 at 06:00:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We live in Delaware County NY and I am considering the hydro-sil uints for heating our home. We will be replacing a 30+ year old oil forced air system.

I have purchased the 5 foot portable model for further evaluation.

Electricity costs 12 cent per kwh here.

It gets pretty cold in the winter and real windy up on top of the hill here.

Stay tuned for details....

Neversummer98    Posted 11-09-2006 at 18:36:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How did the Hydrosil heaters work out for you? I am considering them for my older colonial that we have recently purchased.

Jeff    Posted 01-12-2007 at 09:12:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This letter is coming from one very satisfied customer of Hydro-Sil Heating. In 1999 we updated our existing standard electric baseboards to your product. This update consisted of removing 20 standard electric baseboards and replacing them with your units. This was done in an 8 room, 4 bedroom gambrel colonial home.

WOW what a difference!!!!!!! Not only in the substantial reduction of our electric bill, but also the radiant and soothing flow of heat that these baseboards provide. Unlike a standard electric baseboard unit your product does not rob the air of all its moisture thus causing a marked reduction in breathing and sleeping difficulties. Also the heated air coming from these units is much less dust producing and creating a healthier environment and a lot less housecleaning as well!!!!!!!!!!!
Unlike standard electric baseboards your product does not run on a continuous hot to cold basis. Your units hold their heat and radiate it into the room for a much longer and smoother duration.

Thanks for helping me pay college tuition and losing all the wood cutting tools!!!

Anthony C. Gonsalves

Hopedale, MA

Dale    Posted 10-02-2007 at 10:25:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am considering Hydrosil Heating for my parents bedroom. They are elderly and like it warm. I have gas forced hot air for the house but have put on addition that is ready for heating before we can continue. I was given some older electric baseboard heaters and wanted to put one in their room so that they can keep it like an oven while I am able to breath in my other rooms. I would like to get some feedback from others so I can make my decision. It seems like there are some mixed views but it sounds like most people are happy with these units. Are their any other heaters similar other than the Hydrosil company?

Carol    Posted 01-14-2007 at 09:12:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am very interested in your response. I am seriously considering purchasing these heaters ASAP, but have recently read some very bad reviews on other website. Has anyone else out their had a good experience in the NE? Has anyone moved from gas to these hydrosils?

Rick Urban    Posted 01-23-2007 at 17:51:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just moved from a 1400sq ft ranch in coastal Delaware. I had replaced 4 of my old baseboard units with hydro-sils and set them up on setbsck thermostats. They worked great, very even heat. Low bills. My new well built ,well insulated 1600sq ft modular has propane hot air. I moved in 11/24/06. In six weeks(half of them in the 60's) I have $400 in propane bill's, have a sore throat and runny nose all the time. I am sitting here planning the installation of 11 Hydro-sil units with set backs so I have heat where I need it and when I need it. And yes I am a retired HVAC tech with 35 years experience. I never thought I'd be talking this way about baseboard heat. There is no reason to heat 1600sq ft when your tucked in like toast.

Yaakov Cohn    Posted 01-16-2007 at 06:09:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I suggest that you check out this opinion from the Clark Public
Power Utility in the State of Washington.

They point out that hydro-sil CANNOT produce more heat per
unit of electrity than any other electric heater.

The only savings can come from heating on a room by room
basis, rather than whole house.

Randy Berg    Posted 03-07-2007 at 07:28:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello Folks at Hydrosil. I am just writing to tell you that you have the most useful and economical product I have ever used!! You have the industry standard with your lifetime warranty. I have used those sealed oil heaters that look like old fashioned radiators and the warranty is only for one year and the last one I had quit before a year was up and it would have cost more to ship it back than it cost. They are Junk!! I have had my 5ft Hydromax portable heater since 9-16-2002 and have never had a problem with it at all. It is the absolute best heater on the market today. I would recommend it to anybody as the world's best heat source. I have two furnaces in my home and I don't use them at all. I just use the Hydrosil and move it from room to room. It is just a remarkable unit! Thank you so much and also the price has not increased in over 5 years. Unbelievable!!

Keep up the great work and again thanks.

Randy Berg

M. Raymond    Posted 04-10-2007 at 06:18:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am so pleased with your heating units that I want to order three 5ft 120 volt units for my daughter and son-in-law's cabin in Utah.


M. Raymond

Randy    Posted 04-11-2007 at 18:38:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a 5 ft portable for my master bedroom which the unit is too small (190 sq ft.)for. I ran a test today in my computer room which is 130 sq ft. My main objective is comfort and electric cost. I locked myself in the computer room for 3 hours and turned my gas heat off. It's a 30 degree day. I turned the unit all the way up until it was warmmmm.Then I kicked it backed to about 5 or 6. I put a thermometer in the room. The room was about 68 to 70 degrees and it really felt warm from head to toe. So I have my comfort. So what about electric cost. I really don't know that since the whole house is not being heated this way. I called the company and worked with a tech rep that was just wonderful.
He said my cost would be a liitle over ten dollars a month for this room keeping it at 70 degrees on a zero temp day. The heat light that tells when the electricity is been used only came on about 15 to 20 minutes in a hour. That's where the silicon comes in. I'm planning to build a new home. So what I saw for myself, this probably is the heating source I want to use. The unit was not on all the time in this test situation.
It could differ for others based on how insulated your home is and how high your ceiling are plus the temp outside. Here is direct heat w/o having heat travel thru ducts. The permenant heaters with the wall thermostat are 10% more efficient then the portable ones because they are 220v vs 110V based on Hydrol-Sil's comments. Also don't buy heaters too small for the room. They will over work and cost you more electric. The 130 sq. ft room test for this size heater was (In my opinion) an accurate test.

Kevin    Posted 12-11-2007 at 11:23:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just have to say take a look at these "Positive" Responses. Then go ahead and google some of the responses. Looks like Hydrosil is peppering any and all threads about hydrosil with these positive responses.
Guess that kinda helps me in my descision.
Think I'll stick with what I know works instead.

MJ    Posted 12-18-2007 at 11:41:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Buy a toaster instead! I am practically sitting on top of one right now and am pretty much freezing.

taffy    Posted 01-17-2008 at 13:57:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The Hydrosil people are crooks. They sent me a heater that was dangerous and defective and refused a refund as they have a No Refund policy they only notify you about in the paperwork that ships with the product. Their web site says Lifetime Warranty. I lodged a BBB complaint and they then said if I shipped the heater back they'd refund the cost of the heater, but I would be responsible for the shipping cost in both directions. I returned the heater and got no refund and was never able to make any headway with their "customer service" people.

Earl Gaskell    Posted 01-30-2008 at 12:03:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would like to thank your company. Scott Sanford and staff for their helpful assistance in repairing my heater over the phone. This is not a very common occurrence in today's market.

I highly recommend your unit both for reliability and personal service.


Earl Gaskell

Earl E. Babcock    Posted 01-31-2008 at 08:37:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
This company's service/technical dept. is outstanding. I had a problem with one of my Hydrosil units. There were no questions asked, they determined the unit to be defective and all that was asked of me was to send the unit back to them and a few days later I received the new unit. I am once again a happy camper. I can't say enough about this fine company. Thanks again.

Jason Rondares    Posted 04-07-2008 at 08:56:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I placed an order for the Hydrosil heaters over 3 weeks ago, and have still not received them. I called customer service and they told me the factory was closed and that I may still have to wait another couple weeks before receiving them. Funny...I had to call to find this out, versus the company being proactive and calling those customers who are impacted. I'll keep this forum updated on my continued experience with this company and its product.

tim harmon    Posted 01-14-2009 at 16:02:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have been waiting for over a month for mine and just gave up, cannot believe they are still advertising these for sale and taking money

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