Understanding the Basics
Wall Thermostat Selection Guide
|Bi-Metal or Electronic||Bi-Metal||Electronic||Electronic||Electronic||Electronic|
|Single Pole or Double Pole Options||Single/Double||Single||Double||Double||Single|
|Comfort Range (temperature swing)||3 to 5 degrees||1 degree||1 degree||1 degree||1 degree|
|Use with what volt heaters||120/208/240||120/208/240||208/240||208/240||120/208/240|
Thermostat Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use a wall mount thermostat to control my heater if it has an in-built thermostat?
Yes, to override the in-built thermostat, turn the thermostat on the heater to the highest setting, then use the wall thermostat to regulate the room temperature and control the heater.
Note: Wall thermostats not recommended for CB or RCP Series heaters, and may not be used with the CE Series wall heater.
Is an in-built or a wall mount thermostat better?
An in-built control is convenient to install when the walls are already finished. However, an electronic wall thermostat is a more accurate way to control the room temperature, is more convenient to use, and has a broader selection of models. If you are looking for precise temperature control with the convenience of an in-built thermostat, consider the (CE Model) Energy Plus wall heater.
Where should I install my wall mount thermostat?
Thermostats should always be mounted on an inside wall and away from drafts, direct sunlight, or any appliances that could affect the performance (temperature reading) of the thermostat. Be sure the area around the thermostat is clear of shelves, pictures or other wall decor that may impede the airflow around the thermostat.
Wall thermostats used with a baseboard heater should be mounted across the room from the heater.
Wall thermostats used with an in-wall fan heater are easiest to mount in the same stud cavity (opposite side of stud) about 5 feet above the floor. With two or more fan heaters in a large room, the thermostat should be placed in a central location.
Can all of the heaters in my house be controlled by one thermostat?
Not with zonal electric heaters. There are many benefits to zonal heating. Zonal systems save energy by not heating unoccupied rooms and provide ultimate comfort by allowing occupied zones or areas to be heated to individual needs. The purpose of each zone's (areas) heater is to heat that specific zone per the set point of the individual thermostat.
What is the difference between a double pole and a single pole thermostat?
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Single pole thermostats break only one side or leg of the power supply lines to your heater and cannot be turned "off". Therefore, power is continuous to the heater and the heater will come on if a low temperatures exists. The control knob will have a low temperature setting without an "off" position.
Double pole thermostats break both sides or legs of the power supply lines; therefore all power to the heater is interrupted. The control knob will have an "off" position if turned fully counterclockwise.
Can I use a double pole thermostat with a 120 volt heater?
What should I do if my wall thermostat feels hot to the touch?
Cadet recommends you replace the thermostat. A "hot" thermostat may indicate that it is not working efficiently; decreasing its accuracy. It may also indicate an overloaded capacity. NOTE: A normal operating thermostat will be slightly warmer than the room temperature by about 3 to 5 degrees.
What's the difference between line voltage and low voltage?
A LINE voltage thermostat should be used for zonal electric heat systems such as:
- Electric fan forced heaters
- Baseboard Heaters
LOW voltage thermostats are typically used to control central heating and cooling systems. A LOW voltage thermostat should only be used with Cadet heaters if the amperage load exceeds the rating of the line voltage thermostat and only when combined with a relay.
What about energy efficiency?
If energy efficiency is important, keep in mind that wide temperature fluctuations in thermostats can waste energy, increasing the cost of running your heaters and decreasing your comfort level. The Cadet programmable electronic thermostats can save up to 28% on your electric heating bill, which over time can offset the higher price of the thermostat.
How do I install my thermostat?
For wall thermostats, please go to the thermostat section and choose your model to find the owner's guides with complete installation instructions.
For IN-BUILT thermostats on any fan heater, choose your heater model on Cadet's Products page and refer to the owner's guide.
For IN-BUILT baseboard thermostats: