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electric base board heat to supplement a room

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by chrisf, Oct 21, 2009.

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  1. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    No no guys, it's way easier. You have thermostat now that is a bimettalic one with a knob. The old style. Just replace it with a new one that is a digital set back thermostat made for line voltage. I did this replacement in my kid's room and they work great. No relays, or wiring anything in series, no seperate timers, no new wiring. Just need to replace the old cheapo stat with a modern technology stat. Modern stats such as this can do just about anything you want them to and are available at regular hardware stores, I bought mine at a chain called McLendons.

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  2. jebatty

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    My brain tends to head in one direction or the other ... thanks for moving us back to modernity.
  3. fbelec

    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    are you saying you replaced your wall tstat?
    i think he is talking about the tstat that is mounted to the unit which does not have any numbers.
  4. Skier76

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    Yep, I meant the t-stat on the baseboard itself. I'll take some pics this weekend.
  5. Rob From Wisconsin

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    We use an Electrical Heater as a supplemental source, and we are totally pleased
    with it. We are currently enrolled in a "Time-of-Use" Electrical Savings Plan offered
    by our Utility. When we use Electricity during designated "off-peak" times, we only
    pay 5 cents/KWHr, versus 25 cents/KWHr during "on-peak". Typically, "off-peak"
    encompasses overnight hours, which would work well for you.

    When we figured our heating expenses, it would actually be cheaper to heat our house
    with Electric on "off-peak" times, than to use Propane at over $2/gallon.

    Check w/ your Electric Utility - they may have a similar plan that works for you.
  6. Highbeam

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    Oh boy, your little stat on the heater? I've never dealt with that. All of my wall heaters are capable of running with one of those built in stats but they are instead controlled with wall stats that are simply in the line between the power panel and the heater.

    Yikes. If it were me and I wanted that room to be heated on a schedule and to different temps at different times of day then I would wire a wall stat in line and turn the unit's built in stat to full high.
  7. saichele

    saichele Minister of Fire

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    We've used the $30 110v oil radiators in the kids bedrooms the last couple years, and they work great for supplemental heat (bulk of the heat comes from the woodstove, kick in the gas stove as necessary). But the upstairs tends to be a little chill (60F upstairs, 70F downstairs) and particularly for the 2yr old, it does a nice job of bringing his 10x12 room up (if the door's closed). And that's on "medium" - 1000W.

    Steve
  8. fbelec

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    those oil filled radiators are the best. i recommend them to everyone. they are very safe also. perfect for a kids room that you don't want to get burned. stick the heater in a corner put a bureau in front and the kid can't touch it. adjustable wattage, if you have the door closed most times the 600 watt rating will do. the perfect heater. the only thing that they are missing is the actual temp setting on the dial.
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