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12 Things to Consider when Installing Your Smart Heaters

connex-product-wheel-300Here is a list of 12 tips to keep in mind before, during, and after installing the Linear Proportional Convector (LPC) , the Precision Panel Convector (PPC) , and the Precision Comfort Heater (PCH).

Room specific for whole house heating

  • Kitchen and bathroom

    It is safe to say that bathrooms and kitchens are the most used rooms in any house. They are the most functional living spaces and they are where precise temperature control is most appreciated. For these two rooms you may want to consider a fan-forced wall heater , such as the Precision Comfort Heater.

    Because of the size and functionality of these two rooms you may want to opt for a unit that fits well under a cabinet or within a recessed wall.

  • Living room and bedrooms

    The heat in your living room, family rooms and bedrooms should add warmth and comfort, and here a silent heating unit is most important.

    Dimplex offers a wide range of convection heaters, including a high-performing baseboard heater known as the Linear Proportional Convector , and a wall panel heater like the Precision Panel Convector.

    Convection heaters do not have moving parts that can crank up noise. Convectors do not have fans and continuously run so that there is no "on/off" ticking or annoying buzzing from fans.

    Note: Use caution when installing any heater in a child's bedroom. The Linear Proportional Convector, the Precision Panel Convector and Precision Comfort Heater can become extremely warm to the touch, and may be too hot for some to stand.

  • Foyers and garage

    Dimplex fan heaters, such as the Precision Comfort Heater , are the ideal choice for places like foyers and entryways. These areas require a rapid response to provide a concentrated stream of heat to replace the heat lost from open doors, external walls, and insulated spaces.

  • Hard to heat areas

    Baseboard heaters can be placed in a hard to heat area, where freezing and cold air can present problems, such as in crawlspaces, attics and built-in porches.

KEEP IN MIND:

Convection heaters such as Linear Convectors and Precision Panel Convectors are perfect for bedrooms and studies where silent heat is valued. Fan-forced heaters, such as the Precision Comfort Heater, perform best in areas that need air heated quickly and comfortably.

Extreme caution is necessary when any electronic heater is used in spaces near to children. When a heater is operating, the surface can become very hot because a portion of the heating comes from the heat radiating from the case of the heater.

Be sure that you choose your heater's size wisely in relation to wattage and output. If the heater is too powerful or big for the area, it will not be as efficient as it was designed to be. On the other hand, if a system is too small to handle an area it will need to work harder to maintain the demand, resulting in decreased efficiency.

Take your time when choosing a heater and make sure you are selecting the correct Dimplex heater for your needs. Without the proper pre-planning you may wind up with a system that is too weak or too strong to heat your home. Bigger and stronger is not always better.

  • Keep in mind that heaters that are directly mounted on a wall can cause wall temperatures to reach up to 160° F or 71°C.
  • The LPC, PPC and PCH can safely be mounted onto most wall materials -- wood, drywall, plaster and concrete.
  • However, the LPC baseboard heater can warp and discolor materials such as vinyl and plastic.

sofa-drapes-300Drapes and furniture can negatively effect heaters in two major ways -- fire safety hazards, and blocked airflow (please see tip below for more information on airflow obstructions). Heaters can also cause drapery and furniture material to fade.

Keeping these things in mind, the following recommendations should be considered:

  • Hang drapes so that when they are used, they extend below the center line of the heater, but with at least 1.5 inches clearance from the floor covering (such as carpet, if used).
  • Hang full-length drapes so that there is at least 1.5" between the top of the drapes and ceiling, and at least 1.5" between the bottom of the drapes and the floor, and at least 3" between the front vertical surface of the heater and the nearest fold of the drapes.
  • Be sure that shorter length drapes hang so that there is at least 1.5" (3.8 cm) between the top of the drapes and the ceiling, and at least 6" (15.2 cm), preferably more, between the bottom of the drapes and the top horizontal surface of the heater. If drapes are altered to fit above a heater, they should be cut at least 6 inches or more above the top of the heater.
  • Furniture should not be closer than 3 inches from the front of the baseboard heater.
  • Overhanging plastic objects that cannot withstand exposure to temperatures of over 140°F/60°C should be placed at a minimum of 20" above the unit.
  • For non-plastic overhanging solid objects, position Linear Convectors so that that there is at least 14" between the top of the heater and the object.

To prevent the possibility of overheating, keep the airflow free. Do not block air intake or exhaust. Any object blocking the flow of air in and around the heater will negatively affect its performance.

Fan-forced heaters, such as the Precision Comfort Heater, need to maintain 3' (91.4cm) clearance from objects near the front of a heater. For convection heaters, such as the LPC baseboard heater and the PCH wall panel heater, make sure there is enough space surrounding the unit to create convection.

The most common obstructions to airflow are furniture and draperies. Be sure that things such as beds, couches, bookcases and drapes are far enough away from the heater. In addition to blocking heat flow, objects that are too close to a heater can pose a fire hazard. See the tip above regarding furniture and drapery.

It is important to regularly dust and clean dirt from the outside of your heater. Dust and dirt can accumulate on the unit and cause a build-up of heat.

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Consider installing baseboard heaters under a window as the cold air from the window sinks down. The Linear Convector LC Series and Linear Convector LPC Series heaters employ a convection process, where air warmed by the heater becomes less dense and allows the warm air to rise.

When the warm air leaves the heating device it draws the denser, cooler air near the floor, into the space it vacated to be warmed. As the warm air cools, it sinks back to the floor area and is taken back into the heater to be warmed again.

It should be noted that while the decreased size of the LC/PC baseboards mean that they do not have to be placed under windows like regular baseboard heaters, it is still an option if you prefer it.

If there are no windows in the room you may want to place the heater on the coldest exterior wall, making sure that there is no electrical outlet above the baseboard.

When planning the installation of a heater in spaces such as a workshop, basement or garage, remember that flammable materials should not be stored near heaters. Heat can cause products such as pressurized cans to explode or ignite. Make sure that these materials have a cool area to be stored in, such as a cabinet, away from the heater.

Program the heating with the wireless CONNEX controller , and set the heat at 68°F when you're awake, to save on energy and heating costs. Set the heat at 55°F when you're sleeping or away from home.

Human nature tempts people to crank up the thermostat higher than it needs to be. Use restraint and set temperatures to a comfortable level. If you give in to setting the temperatures to a higher degree, you are only increasing your energy bill.

Remember that the room you are heating warms at the same rate, no matter what the temperature is set at.

group-cook-kitchen-350The number of people living in the home and their level of activity have a strong impact on selecting temperature settings. A crowded room like a busy kitchen will warm up rather quickly and would require a lower temperature setting.

Does the house stand empty during the day, or are people home a lot? If a home's occupants are around most days, a lower daytime temperature should be selected for daylight hours

Besides being the most basic source of energy for the planet Earth, the sun supplies us with light and heat . Therefore the sun can play an important part in your home heating planning and the location of the sun in relation to your home should be taken into serious consideration.

The rooms that receive direct sunlight during the day need to be programmed at a lower temperature than those rooms without direct sunlight. This is easily accomplished by micro-zoning -- where heaters can be set individually.

The great outdoors does affect the heating of homes. Just as the sun can heat up a room, a draft can drastically cool a room. Keep in mind the "cold spots" when programming your CONNEX™ controller.

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