Apr 05

The Importance of Control to Electric Heating

The single greatest innovation in the Electric Heating Market in the last several decades has been the introduction of Electronic Control Systems.

Electronic thermostats, both wall mounted and onboard heaters, provide users with much higher accuracy of temperature set points; reduced energy consumption, and greater comfort for the user. As temperature swings within rooms due to antiquated, mechanical thermostats are eliminated.

Basic electronic thermostats provide very accurate maintenance of set temperatures (+/-0.5ºC or better).  Programmable electronic thermostats, offering as much as 7 day, 28 event programming, allow electric heat users to enjoy all the benefits of  a fully controlled heating system (like fan-forced gas systems)… while still benefiting from the scalability of electric heat.

Users don’t need to use electric heaters to warm an entire house or office.  They can use electric heat to supplement their building heat. Electric heaters can be placed where needed, and with programmable electronic thermostats, can be dialed into specific heat needs, at exactly the times required.

About the Author

KevinS

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I am the Product Manager for Heating Products at Dimplex. I am responsible for the development and product marketing of all Electric Heating Products sold by Dimplex North America internationally.

Comments (4)

  • Bill Cathers on May 10th, 2012 at 1:15pm

    We have Dimplex baseboard electric heaters in our showroom. Do you have any controls available that we could add on to manage the thermostats? They have ‘manual’ knobs and our staff are always turning them up high and we are wasting a lot of energy.
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    Regards,
    Bill

    • chad on May 10th, 2012 at 2:04pm

      Hello Bill,

      There are a few options that could help:

      1. Change the onboard thermostats to our available tamperproof versions. An electrician could easily facilitate this change.
      2. Change from onboard thermostats to low voltage relays, connected to tamperproof wall thermostats. This would have the advantage of rendering the system both tamperproof, and far more accurate in maintain desired temperature. An electrician could easily facilitate this change.
      3. Change system to LPC’s. Between integral tamper-proofing; onboard proportioning for better temperature control & energy savings; these would solve a lot of the problems this gentleman is experiencing.

      Hope this helps

  • R Hobart on October 5th, 2013 at 12:21am

    Hi I am wondering if the wifi function for the thermostate (advertised by Home Depot ) allows for remote temperature control. ie turn up heat an hour or two prior to returning from an extended absence.
    Thanks
    R H

    • Ashley on October 8th, 2013 at 6:25pm

      Hello, thank you very much for your comment. At this time, this functionality is not built into our heaters. I believe what Home Depot may be referring to here is that our thermostats are able to interface with the heaters wirelessly, that is, you don’t have to run a wire from your thermostat to each heating unit. Remote control (via a phone or internet application for instance) is not available at this time, but is something being investigated by our product development team for the future.

      Depending on the heating schedule you are trying to set up, what you are suggesting could be set up using the programmable scheduling function built into your thermostat. I would encourage you to contact our customer service line at 1-800-668-6663 for more information. Thanks and have a great day!

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