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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a line voltage thermostat used for?

Line voltage thermostats are used in things such as baseboard heaters and electric wall heaters.

What type of thermostat guard should I get?

Our thermostat guards are made of one of three materials: plastic, steel, and stainless steel. Plastic guards should be used if you still want to be able to see the thermostat while it is covered. It’s also the least expensive material, so if you simply want to deter people from changing the temperature on your thermostat, then this would be the type you want. Steel is obviously much stronger than plastic, so steel guards are good if you thermostat is in a location where it might be hit by something strong enough to crack or break plastic. It’s also opaque, so if you don’t want any to be able to see your thermostat, this would be the material you want. Finally, we have stainless steel. Stainless steel is even stronger than steel, plus its high chromium content prevents staining. This is good if you want the guard to look new even after years of use.

What does SPDT mean?

SPDT stand for single pole/double throw. It’s a term used when wiring to mean that a device has a single input and switches between two outputs. A SPDT switch connects a common terminal to one or the other of two terminals. The switch is always connected to one of these two terminals. These two terminals are never connected by the switch.

What exactly is a “Mechanical” thermostat?

When a thermostat is mechanical, this means that it uses physics to sense the temperature around it. Our line voltage thermostats use a capillary coil, which shrinks and expands with changes in temperature. The physical change in the coil triggers the switch between outputs, allowing it to function