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gasbie's Avatar gasbie
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Guys, I really need help. my walls are open right now so i want to make all necessary wire run before closing it up. I have installed 8 baseboard heaters in 8 different zones in my house. Each heater has its own circuit breaker at the panel and I ran a high voltage wire from the heaters to each digital thermostat. But what i want to do is to be able to control my heater thru my elk m1 gold from outside. For example, I want to be able to turn on my heater 30 minutes before I get home. can someone recommend how I can accomplish this. Please, list the parts that I need. Please I need to do this asap before closing the walls. thanks
knowinnothin's Avatar knowinnothin
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You need to find a thermostat that is compatible with elk that is for line voltage, then wire from thermostat location to elk panel with whatever cabling that thermostat requires for control.

I have 12 zones of baseboard heat in my house, each room has a temperature sensor in it that is wired back to my Hai system. The heaters are wired back to a relay panel that is controlled by my Hai system with low and high voltage relays. If I were to do it again I would have just used controllable thermostats in each room for simplicity.
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11-30-2011 | Posts: 98
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knowinnothin, thanks for the quick response. I found some AUBE thermostat that has floor sensor and remote connection. http://www.smarthome.com/manuals/300607b.pdf
will this work. 2 wires from the thermostat remote contact to my elk-m1 gold
Neurorad's Avatar Neurorad
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Pretty sure that Aube is for radiant heated floors, I have 2 (rebranded as NuHeat). Not sure if a floor temp probe would be appropriate, but I think it can sense ambient as well.

I would get the heater manual, read it closely, and then call Aube Tech Support. Aube makes many different thermostats, and at least 1 would work. But 8 would be pricey.

IIRC, I couldn't find many details on my NuHeat/Aube thermostats, in terms of contact functionality. Maybe Aube can provide more details on that.

Also, any bathroom/kitchen/basement heaters will probably need to be on GFCI breakers - although I think some thermostats provide that functionality, eliminating the need for a GFCI breaker.

I would suggest posting in the Elk Cocoontech subforum - but I see you've already done that.
knowinnothin's Avatar knowinnothin
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knowinnothin, thanks for the quick response. I found some AUBE thermostat that has floor sensor and remote connection. http://www.smarthome.com/manuals/300607b.pdf
will this work. 2 wires from the thermostat remote contact to my elk-m1 gold

That thermostat looks correct, double check with aube that it is fine to use with baseboards. Also check to see what's needed to trigger the aube through the 2 wire interface, does it want 12 volts? 2 wires from thermostat to elk is correct, make sure you use in-wall rated cable.

As far as gfci's go, check your local electrical codes, where I'm located gfci's are needed when within 3 feet of a water outlet.
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