Connecting a light-switch to turn thermostat on/off? (re: basement heat)


When I was around 8 years old, my family had trouble with the power socket switches turning themselves on and off mostly at night, over the course of several years. This irritable occurrence seemed to intensify as soon as one of us focused our attention on the power socket, and did not seem to be a happenstance response, but more a occultly acknowledgement of our presences.

It even got to the point where sometimes electrical appliances turned on by themselves, including the TV in the lounge room. The switched turning themselves on and off went from a frightening and commonplace event in our house, to that of an annoyance. I started kicking the power sockets in, as they seemed to be taunting us, as was my thoughts as a kid and that of my parents as well.

Several family members were eye witnesses to the ‘switch phenomenon’ in our house, and still to this day, myself or my family members cannot logically conclude what could of been causing this issue with the switches....

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In this article, I am going to explain the function and wiring of the most common home climate control thermostats. This information is designed to help you understand the function of the thermostat to assist you when installing a new one, or replacing or up-grading an old one. We will focus mainly on the basics of home heating / cooling thermostats, and first of all, I will explain the function of them.

The thermostat is the control device that provides a simple user interface with the internal workings of your homes climate control system. By the use of an adjustable set-point, the job of the thermostat is to turn on either the heating or cooling system to maintain the desired room temperature in the home, and to turn off the system when the desired temperature is achieved.

The most basic of systems (such as an older ‘heat only’ forced air / gas furnace with a standing pilot light) only need two wires for control. They connect to a two-wire thermostat (generally a...

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I have told you before that the heat pump thermostat is completely different from the regular thermostat or an air conditioner thermostat. In this article I will explain to you the difference and I will show you how to replace it and how to hook up all the wiring.

Most thermostats in general are very easy to install and yet most contractors charge between $150 to $250 and it only costs $25-$50 and takes less than 10 min to install, so next time when you have someone telling you this is the holy grail of the thermostats, talks or it does this or does that, take my word for it, he wants to rip you off, all digital thermostats work the same way , and most of them are programmable so don’t fall for that ..

Now before we go any further let’s first understand what the thermostat actually does. The thermostat is nothing but a switch- yup you heard that right, it is exactly like your light switch. As a matter of fact, you can replace a thermostat with a light switch and the...

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The only problem is there is one light that will not turn off even if I have the light switch on or off. :are there others verbs to express this? Buy smart light switches for convenience, safety and to save money. Why would a switch read 0 volts when the light is turned on and 120 volts when the light is turned off ? Natural reverb, middle distant recording. Hi all! Why are my LED light bulbs glowing when switched off? How does a light switch work? ... the test light lights up when touching one of the two connections in your lamp socket even if the switch is turned off. I have light that stays on even when the switch is turned off. When I flip the switch to my kitchen light off, the 2 bulbs remain very dimly lit. I just changed the switch and the light still stays on - Answered by a verified Electrician 10 Reasons Why Your Lights Don't ... or failed to turn the light on or off occasionally, it's probably a bad switch. I have two LED lamps in my...

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Common Thermostat Problems...more advanced to follow, but start with the basics first.Work with the power off whenever possible.When a furnace does not work it may be caused by problems with the furnace or the thermostat.

Before troubleshooting your thermostat, check to see if all filters are clean and all hoses to and from the units themselves are free of wear.
If these are not causing problems, then it is time to look at specific thermostat issues and possible solutions.

Your thermostat could have aging wiring that is faulty or the transformer may require replacing.

A thermostat may need cleaning to eliminate erratic operation.

Accumulated dust is a common culprit.

First, you should have a small paintbrush, a screwdriver, and a voltmeter.

anticipator is a small metal tab positioned in front of an arcing printed scale. Give it a light push in both directions. This easy step may solve the

Give the thermostat's...

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A common question I get asked is

“Can I use a standard 120/240 AC heating element or hot water heater element as a DC dump load for my wind turbine/water turbine/solar system?”

(Wondering what a dump load is? Click here)

(More advanced diversion load info for solar, wind and water power)

The answer is yes but don’t expect it to consume (dump) as much electricity as it is rated for. The lower the voltage of the electricity you want to dump (the voltage of your battery system), the less electricity the heating element will consume.

The first thing to stop worrying about is whether the element is rated for AC or DC. Both will work fine and there will be no difference in performance.

If the heating unit/element has some type of fan for circulation, thermostats, electronics or remote control devices it will not be suitable for a dump load as these add-ons will not work on DC electricity.

Now let’s look at an example:Let’s pretend your...

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Working in my yard the other day, I happened to notice that my power meter is just about to cross the ‘2000’ mark.

That’s two thousand kilowatt hours, or roughly $200 of electricity. About the amount it takes to drive your Tesla Model S from Los Angeles to New York and back, or dry 570 loads of laundry in an electric clothes dryer, or run a modern laptop computer continuously for 11 years. It’s also about the amount of power the average American household burns in two months.

Yet I installed the power meter you see in that picture in November 2013, and I’m writing this over 15 months later. Somehow, even accounting for all the power used to build this house and live in it since then, with all my welders and power saws, wife and boy, computers and audio systems, lights and appliances, we’ve averaged about 80% less than the average household.

The performance looks even better when you compare against high-income households: one of my Canadian friends ruefully...

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