Like all electric heating system components, electronic thermostats should receive some special care to prevent incidents from occurring. Here are a few simple ways to avoid the risk of incident:
What is an electronic line thermostat (for electric heaters)?
A thermostat is the control element that ensures the proper functioning of your heater. It detects a room’s ambient temperature and adjusts the heater’s power to the desired temperature or comfort level. In so doing, the thermostat provides the desired setpoint for the heater to reach and maintain the ambient temperature you want.
Adjusting the thermostat to a higher temperature than desired neither generates more power nor heats the room more quickly. By simply adjusting the thermostat to the desired temperature, it will direct the heater to reach this temperature as quickly as possible before reducing the device’s power to maintain the temperature.
How fast you can heat a space depends mainly on the heating unit’s type and power. Other considerations include how well the room is insulated and what type of windows are present. Therefore, it is important to select heating equipment according to the parameters of the room you want to heat.
Electronic thermostats provide comfort and energy savings in a very efficient and precise manner. Indeed, electronic thermostats feature precise temperature sensors coupled with a sophisticated power modulation system that allows for rapid reaction and minimizes variations between the ambient temperature and the set temperature (±0.5°C accuracy). This technology provides a much higher level of comfort compared to mechanical thermostats.
As for the installation of any electrical product, the electrical connections to a thermostat must be done by a certified electrician in accordance with local electrical and building codes. To ensure safe installation and comply with warranty standards and conditions, the thermostat must be installed according to the manufacturer's technical specifications (see the User Guide supplied with the product).
An electronic thermostat must be connected to a certified electrical box. The power source must meet the thermostat’s specifications (usually 120V to 240V). The minimum and maximum loads must be respected to ensure proper heater operation and keep the thermostat from overheating. You can connect more than one heater to the same thermostat. However, the maximum load must always be respected. A suitable circuit breaker or fuse must protect the electrical system. Sufficient clearance must be maintained at the periphery of the thermostat to ensure adequate ventilation so that the heat emitted by the thermostat can safely dissipate.
Not all thermostats have the same characteristics. They are designed to control a maximum heating power expresses in watts. It is important to check your thermostat’s specifications to ensure that it meets your specific needs.
The operation of an electronic thermostat requires the electric supply of several electronic components. This process generates heat even when the heating equipment is not powered up. Therefore, it is normal for your electronic thermostat to emit heat. This heat safely evacuates through a heat dissipater located inside the thermostat and vents around the thermostat.
Choosing the wrong thermostat or installing one incorrectly may cause damage. An electronic thermostat may overheat, especially if the load is too high, the connections between the wires and the thermostat are faulty, there is an abnormal electrical network overload or the vents are not kept clear.
If you have any doubts about the operation of your electronic thermostat, either because it is overheating or the housing has blackened or the display is not working correctly, turn off the circuit breaker or remove the fuse in your electrical panel immediately. Then, contact your electrician so he can inspect the installation as soon as possible.
STELPRO electronic thermostats have been designed and manufactured in Quebec for more than ten years, according to very high standards of quality and safety. STELPRO rigorously tests its thermostats throughout the manufacturing process and one last time before final packaging. All STELPRO thermostats are CSA certified and comply with applicable North American standards.