What kind of thermostat do I need for my electric baseboard heaters?
Make sure you buy a high-voltage thermostat designed for electric baseboard heat. Thermostats for electric-baseboard heaters operate at the same voltage as the heater—usually 240 volts. Low-voltage thermostats designed for gas, oil, or heat pumps won’t work and are extremely dangerous on a high-voltage system.
Can I put a digital thermostat on a baseboard heater?
You can install a thermostat on the baseboard heater itself. Many heaters come with a kit that allows you to install the thermostat at one end of the heater body.
How do I know if my baseboard heater is 120V or 240V?
You can also look into the gang box of your existing thermostat. If you have black and white wires you likely have 120V. If you have black and red wires you likely have 240V.
Do baseboard heaters need a special thermostat?
With baseboard heaters, you won’t need to install an expensive heating system, which again, saves you a lot of money. Many consider baseboard heaters as the most efficient type of heater but they still must be used with a thermostat to control the temperature.
Can a 240V baseboard heater run on 120v?
Installing a 240-volt heater on a 120-volt circuit is not as big a safety risk, but you will notice that your heater will fail to work most times. When it does run, it will end up giving out much less heat than what you needed for your room and below what you expected.
Can a 240v baseboard heater run on 120v?
Can a 240V baseboard heater run on 120V?
Is a 240V heater more efficient than 120V?
240V is most common for electrical appliances which require more power, such as a dryer, electric stove, or hot tub. There is no difference in efficiency in our heaters between 120V and 240V (or any other voltage). The reason why 240V is advantageous for appliances and heaters in a home has to do with amperage.