Originally Posted by wkearney99
Controlling 1500 watt fire starters is something I'm guessing all automation vendors would want to steer clear of supporting. It's just a phenomenally horrible idea. ...Can you say REALLY BAD IDEA? Let's hope you're at least being smart enough to not bypass or otherwise disable the thermostats on the heaters themselves.
Bill...perhaps we got off to a bad start...but to me, even if "insult" was not the right word to use, it certainly sounded like you were jumping right down my throat and calling me stupid.
Anyway, with the possible exception of the idea that the heaters might get tipped over during a time period when the outlet was OFF (as in, the wall outlet turned off by the possible wall thermostat), and then that the heater's own safety switch would not reactivate when the wall thermostat turns the outlet back on, I still don't see the fire risk here.1)
The type of heater I am using is an "oil/radiator" type...they get hot to the touch, but I don't see them being able to ignite anything...in real life installations, these things must get pushed against couches and drapes and such all the time, and I never hear about any of them starting a fire.2)
The room I am using these heaters in has a tile floor...so even IF the heaters fell over, and even IF the heater's own safety systems didn't work, the tile is not going to catch fire.3)
Homes with electric baseboard heat are ALREADY controlled by wall thermostats
...how is my wanting to control a portable oil/radiator electric heater (or portable baseboard electric heater) with a wall thermostat any different than that?
The reason I want to use a wall thermostat instead of the heater's own thermostat is:1)
The heater's own thermostat is simply marked 1 thru 7...no actual temp display.2)
There are TWO heaters, so trying to coordinate two heater dials, each reading 1 thru 7, to a desired room temperature, is not easy (I want this setup to be easy enough to use so that ANYONE can come into the room and set the temp, not someone who must otherwise be intimately familiar with the heaters).
Again...I don't see where turning two wall outlets on/off with a wall thermostat will add ANY extra fire risk...the heater's own switches/thermostats/safety equipment will still be in place....I can't see how the heater cares whether, say, a human plugs it into the wall (and sends power to the heater), or a wall thermostat energizes the wall outlet based on temperature, and sends power to the heater.
I have found products that can control a wall outlet based on temperature (Lux WIN100 Heating & Cooling Programmable Outlet Thermostat), but what I haven't found is a WALL (or handheld/whatever) thermostat that can WIRELESSLY send a signal to the wall outlet to turn off/on.
Thanks guys for all your input.