Wood or Gas Stoves with a Forced-Air Furnace

With an alternate heat source such as a wood or gas stove supplying heat to the home, the thermostat typically does not turn on the furnace.  That is the reason alternate heat sources are used.  What can happen is that the alternate heat source heats one area of the home while the other areas get cold.  ThermGuard circulates the warm air throughout the home using the fan on your furnace.  The warm air is drawn into the heating system through the return and spread throughout the home.  This heats the house more evenly and can also prevent freezing in rooms where the doors are kept closed such as spare bedrooms.

Wood or Gas Stoves with Hot-Water Heat

With an alternate heat source such as a wood or gas stove supplying heat to the home, the thermostat typically does not turn on the boiler.  That is the reason alternate heat sources are used.  The problem occurs when the alternate heat source is used and some areas of the home are closed off to the heat (such as spare bedrooms), or some of the heating pipes are run through walls exposed to conditions in which might cause them to freeze on cold days with wind. ThermGuard circulates hot water when your thermostat does not.  This hot water circulation will keep the pipes from freezing. 

Wood or Gas Stoves in a Manufactured Home

Many manufactured homes have their plumbing run beneath the home.  The furnace must run periodically to keep the area with the pipes warm.  If an alternate heat source is such as a wood stove is used, the furnace typically will not cycle.  This can cause the pipes to freeze.  ThermGuard circulates can be programmed to run the furnace for a short period regardless of the thermostat reading.  This cycle will keep the pipes from freezing. 

Vacation Homes with Hot-Water heat

Many vacation homes are vacant for long periods of time during the winter.  In order to keep the pipes from freezing, most people keep their thermostats set at an “away” temperature.  Some “away” temperatures are fairly high (60°or so), while others are kept lower (50° degrees).   

Homes with their temperatures kept in the 60° range could be wasting energy.  Using ThermGuard, the thermostat could be set to a lower temperature.  The thermostat would control the temperature of the inner walls of the home and keep the household hot and cold water lines from freezing.  ThermGuard would periodically circulate water through the heating system and keep the heating pipes (which typically reach to the extremities of the house) from freezing. 

Since heating pipes typically reach to the extremities of the home, having the thermostat set to the 50° range runs the risk of freezing their heating pipes on extremely cold days.  You may be saving money on the heating bill, but the risk is there.  ThermGuard will work to keep the extremities from freezing by periodically circulating hot water through the heating system. 

Many vacation homes have heated garages.  When the homeowner is away, there is little need for heat in the garage.  ThermGuard will circulate hot water through the garage heating pipes on a regular basis to keep them from freezing while the thermostat can be set to a very low temperature. 

Heated Garage using Hot-Water

Many homes have heated garages.  When the homeowner is away, there is little need for heat in the garage.  ThermGuard will circulate hot water through the garage heating pipes on a regular basis to keep them from freezing and the thermostat can be set to off or a very low temperature.

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Last modified: 11/19/09