electric heat question

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Old 03-17-06, 06:56 PM
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electric heat question

I ran a low voltage wire to a new thermostat planing to add a hydronic heat loop but now want to install a strip of electric heat in the room. How can I use the low voltage wiring to power the 220V electric baseboard?
 
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Old 03-17-06, 07:41 PM
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You can't. To run power for a 240 volt heating circuit, you need regular electrical cable of the appropriate size (probably 10 or 12 gage).

Perhaps you asked the wrong question. Did you mean to ask how can you use the low voltage wire and low voltage thermostats for electric heat?
 
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Old 03-18-06, 07:31 AM
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Yes, that is the question I should have asked. Can I use a low voltage thermostat for electric heat?
 
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Old 03-18-06, 07:35 AM
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Some baseboard heaters allow for a low voltage thermostat, most do not. Alternately, there are relays you can buy which will allow you to switch baseboard heat using a low voltage thermostat. However, the best alternative (short of wiring correctly in the first place is to buy baseboard heaters that include a built in thermostat.
 
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