March 24, 2009 by SmartHome
As the temperatures dip, thermostats become more active. But you can use your gas fireplace to keep warm as well, even adding a product or two to automate it in order to maximize comfort without any extra effort during your relaxing evenings in front of a roaring fire.
Below is a brief introduction to some solutions for getting the most from your gas fireplace.
Natural Gas Valve Retrofit
If you’re just getting started in installing a gas log set for your fireplace, it’s a good idea to add a safety pilot system to control it. The Natural Gas Valve includes a remote control to manage the flame height adjustment; just choose low or high from up to 20 feet away. Manual control is also possible.
Even if you don’t need a new pilot system, you can still turn your fire on and off remotely. The Battery-Operated Fireplace Remote will turn your fireplace on and off from up to 25 feet away. This remote control system is specifically designed to control the operation of a gas fireplace that uses a millivolt gas valve.
Using a thermostat to control a room’s temperature comes in handy, but central heating doesn’t provide the same cozy warmth of a gas fireplace. The Wireless Fireplace Thermostat/Remote adds the convenience of thermostat control to your gas fireplace. Set the fireplace thermostat or use the included remote to control the fire strength from up to 20 feet away using only RF signals.
Much like the Wireless Fireplace Thermostat/Remote, the Programmable Fireplace Thermostat/Remote lets you control your gas fireplace with a thermostat or the included RF remote. But this advanced system adds the convenience of a programmable thermostat that lets you program your fireplace to turn on at specific times on specific days of the week. You can also set the timer to enjoy the fireplace for a limited time.
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