Modern developments aimed at reducing energy consumption have become especially popular in recent years. Moreover, such devices also make it possible to increase the efficiency of heating devices by controlling their operation. A common example is a thermostat for an infrared heater. Consider the features of its selection, connection and operation.
- 1 Varieties and characteristics of thermostats
- 2 How to connect a thermostat to an infrared heater
- 3 Infrared heater with thermostat: prices and characteristics of three popular models
- 4 Choosing a thermostat for an infrared heater
Varieties and characteristics of thermostats
A thermostat is a device that periodically measures the air temperature in a room and, depending on the results obtained, corrects the operation of the heater. That is, if the air temperature reaches the set point, the power is limited and the heater stops working. As soon as the air cools down, the device enters the active phase again, thus constantly maintaining the required level of heat in the room.
The design and operation of temperature control devices can differ significantly from each other. There are two main types of thermostats:
The first version of thermostats is a small plastic box, the outer part of which is equipped with a switch. As a rule, it is round, which allows you to smoothly change its position. The division value may be different, for example, in some models it is 1 °, while in others the transition occurs immediately from 2 ° to 5 °, etc. In addition, on the case there is a power button and a light indicator showing whether the device is active in this moment.
There are more modern mechanical models of thermostats that are equipped with a display. True, there is not so much data displayed there, and temperature control is carried out using only two control buttons.
Helpful advice! It is convenient to use a mechanical thermostat only if one of the residents is present in the house for a long time. This is an important point, since it is better to turn off the device in the absence of people. Remote control function is not provided.
Electronic thermostats have much greater control capabilities.The design and construction of these devices are constantly being modernized - even liquid crystal screens are used to manufacture modern models.
Depending on the selected model, setting and control can be carried out both using buttons and touch. Some devices use special hinged covers to protect the screen and create a more attractive appearance.
Such devices can be used without problems even in those houses where the owners are often absent or live seasonally. The device is easy to program and can be easily controlled remotely using mobile devices. The only difficulty in purchasing such a thermostat is the rather high cost.
How to connect a thermostat to an infrared heater
Whichever of the above options you choose, correct installation is required for it to work accurately and correctly. First of all, this is due to the choice of a suitable place, in which you must take into account the following factors:
- the device can be damaged by high humidity;
- there should be no sources of heat or sunlight nearby.
If these factors are not taken into account, temperature measurements will be made inaccurately, which will lead to incorrect operation of the heater and its inability to maintain the required temperature in the house.
A separate issue is the connection of the device itself to the network and an infrared heater. In order to connect all these elements together, it is necessary to use an automatic relay. It will serve as a power source for heater... Let's consider some of the most common connection options.
Diagrams for connecting an infrared heater through a thermostat
The fastest and most understandable scheme for connecting a thermostat to an infrared heater is to use 1 thermostat for 1 heater. In this case, the connection diagram is as simple as possible: the machine has 2 pairs of wires, one of which goes to the thermostat. One wire is zero, the other is phase. And you need to connect them accordingly. A second pair of wires is used to connect to the heater itself.
The second, slightly more complicated, way of connecting an infrared heater through a thermostat involves using a parallel connection. Thus, two heating devices can be connected to one thermostat at once. One pair of wires from the machine is connected to a thermostat, from which, in turn, wiring is made to two different heaters.
The most difficult, but at the same time, the most practical option is to use one thermostat for several household heaters. For this purpose, it is necessary to use a magnetic starter, and develop the connection diagram individually. Of course, you can try to find a ready-made one, but this method cannot absolutely guarantee the smooth operation of the system.
Helpful advice! It is also worth paying special attention to the calculations and development of an individual plan because your safety depends on it. Malfunctions in the heating system can lead to fire hazardous situations.
There are even manufacturers who produce original magnetic starters for their devices, as well as sets of wires required to connect them. Thanks to this, the connection is much easier, and the quality of such goods is considered higher. But in any case, if you have not previously dealt with electricity, it is better to entrust the development of the circuit and the connection of the system to professionals.
Infrared heater with thermostat: prices and characteristics of three popular models
Wall and ceiling models of infrared heaters are quite popular, their main advantage is their compact size. In addition, buyers are attracted by the design and the ability to choose a model for the interior of the room. Below you can find the characteristics and prices of several popular infrared heaters with a thermostat.
Nikaten 200 - one of the most modern infrared heating stoves. The control of the dynamics of temperature changes is regulated by a built-in thermostat. In addition, there is a security system that automatically turns off the device in the event of a dangerous situation or fire hazard.
The main characteristics of the heater Nikaten 200:
- ceramic panel;
- size - 30x60 cm;
- cools down within 90 minutes, continuing to generate heat;
- silent work;
- the most simple installation.
The distinctive qualities of this panel can be called a huge selection of colors, as well as a quite affordable cost - about 3500 rubles.
Heater Zilon IR-0.8 S was designed as a wall / ceiling. This model can be fixed to any suitable surface. The set includes a thermostat that regulates the correspondence between the set and real temperature parameters. To protect the device, an automatic shutdown in case of overheating is provided.
The main characteristics of the Zilon IR-0.8 S:
- power - 0.8 kW;
- size - 119x13x4 cm;
- weight - 3.2 kg;
- does not affect the content of carbon dioxide in the air;
- consumes a minimum amount of electricity.
Nevertheless, users point out some disadvantages of using this model. So, during warming up or cooling down, the device emits a characteristic crackle, which not everyone likes. And being located on the ceiling, it can not always warm up the floor well enough. And yet, if we consider that the cost of such a heater is only 2,400 rubles, the device can be called one of the most worthy.
Noirot Royat 2 1200 - a universal wall heater, equipped with three modes at once, which makes it convenient to use throughout the year and in any room. The direction of heat flow can also be corrected by turning the surface at different angles (up to 30 °). In order for the regulation to be carried out as conveniently as possible, the developers took care of the possibility of mounting the control unit both on the right and on the left.
The main characteristics of the Noirot Royat 2 1200:
- quartz heating element;
- three power modes - 0.3 / 0.6 / 1.2 kW;
- size - 45x12x11 cm;
- there is a thermostat and an overheating fuse;
- works silently.
Perhaps the only drawback of this device is the rather high cost - about 9700 rubles. Otherwise, the appliance is considered reliable and is often used to heat rooms such as the bathroom.
Floor standing infrared heaters with thermostat
Another popular type of device is floor-standing infrared heaters with a thermostat. The price of such devices does not differ much from other options, however, due to their mobility, they are often more convenient. If you want to buy an infrared floor heater with a thermostat, you can easily choose a model suitable specifically for your conditions among a wide range of offers.
As an example, consider such a popular line as Ballu infrared heaters, which cannot be connected to a thermostat on your own, but it is very easy to choose an already equipped model.
The connection of the Ballu infrared heater via a thermostat is carried out according to standard schemes. The control device is built into the heater body.
One of the most popular models of these heaters is BALLU BIH-L of the Bali series. A modern steel telescopic stand BIH-LS-210 is provided with this device. It provides a solid fixation of the device and allows you to use it on summer grounds, verandas, in the garden.
The main characteristics of the heater BALLU BIH-L:
- power 2-3 kW;
- mounting height on a tripod up to 4.5 m;
- for uniform heating it is equipped with a special reflector with ribbing;
- the set includes brackets for surface mounting;
- the body is made of steel;
- the connection of the thermostat to the Ballu infrared heater is made by the manufacturer;
- there is a function to control the heating of the device.
This model is considered the most versatile, as it can be installed almost anywhere: in the house, on the street or on the veranda. Providing uniform heating, it creates a comfortable temperature for everyone who is in the range, while not spending extra energy on heating the air.
Helpful advice! As a stationary outdoor heater, you can consider purchasing an infrared umbrella designed specifically to create comfortable conditions in the yard.
Choosing a thermostat for an infrared heater
If we talk about purchasing and connecting a thermostat to an infrared heater as a separate element, then the main thing here is to make the right choice when buying. Using a small table, you can compare several of the most affordable models.
Brief characteristics and cost of thermostats for heaters:
|Model name||Features and characteristics||Cost, rub.|
|Ballu RTR-E 6202||Simple mechanical control. It is universal for use with any devices and in any premises.||1100|
|Ballu TA2N-S||Mechanical temperature control combined with an on and off function. There is a diode light indicating the current state of the device.||700|
|Eberle RTR - E6163||A universal device, suitable not only for heaters, but also for connection to a floor heating system. Has a temperature adjustment range from +5 to + 30 °.||1150|
|Eberle instata 2||Push-button model equipped with a small black and white display for setting the temperature.||2850|
|Eberle Instat + 3r||A modern model of an electronic thermostat that lends itself to programming.||3600|
Which model you want to purchase depends only on your desires and capabilities. The variety and functionality of devices on sale can satisfy the requirements of even the most demanding customer. Today you can easily purchase both devices for the home or garden, and, for example, infrared heaters with a thermostat for a chicken coop or any other purpose.
Underestimate the importance of using thermostats in the operation of heating devices is difficult. After all, this is not only about maintaining a comfortable temperature at any time of the year, but also about significant savings and safety. Especially considering the fact that everyone can buy the simplest mechanical thermostat.