Programable Thermostat For Hydronic Baseboard


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Old 12-05-07, 06:39 PM
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Programable Thermostat For Hydronic Baseboard

We bought a house that has hydronic baseboard heat served by a burnaham boiler. right now it has the orginal thermostats that you just turn the dial to adjust the temp. we have 3 zones the bedroom end of the house, living area, and basement, i was wondering is base board effecient enough to raise and lower the temp when you home and not as a progamable one would do? and some some propane. We are in Michigan and its getting cold. Thanks in advance.

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Old 12-05-07, 07:10 PM
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If I understand the question correctly, you are asking if you can replace a couple old dial (mercury bulb) thermostats with some programmables that will raise and lower the heat when you are home and at work. And whether baseboard heat will raise the temperature quickly.

Yes. Baseboard is typically pretty fast at raising the temperature of the house. Programmables would save you money and have the house toasty when you get home.

For programmable thermostats, you can go cheap (like me!) and get a LUX500 (about $30 at Ace Hardware). Or go fancy and get a Honeywell Vision Pro 8000 for upwards of $100. Or go somewhere in the middle.

Check back here if you have wiring questions.

If you do have old mercury bulb thermostats, please do not just throw them in the garbage. They contain liquid mercury, which is a nasty thing. Ask your town officials where you can turn them in for recycling and/or proper disposal. Sometimes a local hardware store will take your old thermostat for disposal when you buy a new one.
 
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I don't quite understand your question. Are you asking if the thermostat will work on its own? Your current one *should* automatically turn on the heat. All you do is set it to what you want it to be (lets say 68F) and when it gets to a certain point, it will turn on the heat automatically. If it doesn't do that, then you could replace it with a round Honeywell T87 or buy a electronic thermostat instead. Be sure to dispose of the old one properly if it contains mercury.
 
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Old 12-06-07, 04:24 AM
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Yes thats how our works we just pick a temp and it turns the heat on and off as needed. I was just wondering if a progamable thermostat worked with hydronic baseboat heat or not. What is a good Temp diffrence that is effecient between home and away settings. Thanks for your responses.

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Old 12-06-07, 05:22 AM
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They make a electronic thermostat for every kind of heating system. Just check it before buying it to make sure it will work with yours. I usually set mine at 60 if I'm not going to be around(like at night). Some programmable thermostats will have a EPA (or Energy Star, I don't remember) program already on it. It will give you the most efficient program for you(well, most people anyway).
 
 

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