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switching to glide: gas fireplace thermostat

December 10

Here’s a tip that may change your life, or at least your home heating habits. Living in a condo I’m lucky to have a gas fireplace, the cost for which is a flat monthly rate built into my condo fees. Living in a west-facing condo with a single sun-drenched exterior wall, it’s actually rare that I need to turn on the central heating system. And  I’ll need to even less now that I’ve swapped out the low-voltage manual switch with a simple analogue thermostat that automatically turns on my fireplace whenever the temperature drops below my comfort zone.

gas fireplace switch - saf affect

gas fireplace therostat - saf affect

It’s an easy switch to make, with the fairly straight forward instructions provided in the package, including the cover plate installation – just make sure you purchase a thermostat designed for use with gas fireplaces and that you shut off the electricity to the switch at the circuit board. I bought this Honeywell Manual Economy Heat Only Thermostat at The Home Depot for $18.99. And now I  simply glide the temperature gauge to the desired setting and let the supplemental heating begin.

theromostat - saf affect

(You may recognize the vintage lamp as the one that I picked up at a church rummage sale earlier this year – with a brand new shade, it lights my work surface nicely!)

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Annie permalink
    December 10 6:44 pm

    Great idea… and beautiful lamp!!

  2. keith permalink
    December 21 2:08 pm

    what do you mean shut off the electricity to the switch at the circuit board? o you mean the breaker or some switch at the fireplace?

    • December 21 2:35 pm

      As I understand it, some fireplace on/off switches are powered by electricity from the circuit panel, and if so power to the switch should be shut off via the breaker before swapping out the switch for a thermostat. Some fireplace switches are actually powered by the pilot light itself – a millivolt system where the pilot light heats a thermocouple that generates a small amount of voltage to operate the switch and when the pilot is off there would be no electricity going to the switch. If there is any concern, contact a licensed electrician or a fireplace supply store for additional information.

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