switching to glide: gas fireplace thermostat
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.
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.
(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!)