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What's the difference between the thermostat for electric baseboard and in-floor heater

SD2000
SD2000 Member Posts: 10
Beside the fact that in floor heating has the floor sensor, is there any other differences? i am installing a in floor heating system that has a maximum temperature of 85F which is perfect for my vinyl floorings. Can I use the baseboard thermostat since they cost half as much as the in floor thermostat, and it can save me $700-800? what are considerations I should be aware of to make the decision?

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  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 5,689
    edited May 12
    If it's a low voltage thermostat, then probably, if it has terminals for sensors. If it's electric baseboard, then no.
    There are many more design criteria needed than to just put a loop in. How are you controlling the supply water temperature, for starters.
    How does one thermostat save $700-$800 dollars?
    steve
  • pecmsg
    pecmsg Member Posts: 2,895


    How does one thermostat save $700-$800 dollars?

    Good Question

  • jhewings
    jhewings Member Posts: 83
    edited May 13
    The OP stated in another thread he has 5 floor mats. So @ $150 each he gets 700-800 I suppose. Electric floor mat controls typically use floor sensors. Most or all can use room temperature if one digs into the menu. So I suppose a line voltage Tsat would be OK if the circuit is GFI protected.

    Quote from OP: "Beside the fact that in floor heating has the floor sensor, is there any other differences? i am installing a in floor heating system that has a maximum temperature of 85F which is perfect for my vinyl floorings. Can I use the baseboard thermostat since they cost half as much as the in floor thermostat, and it can save me $700-800? what are considerations I should be aware of to make the decision?"

    Answer: Yes there is a big difference: GFI protection. Don't discount this. You were talking about vinyl floors in the other thread. Very easy to cut through accidentally which could cause a short circuit but might not trip a regular circuit breaker. You can get GFI protection with a GFI outlet in front of the Tstat (wired correctly) or a GFI circuit breaker.
    SD2000