Resources --- 1/1/2018 --- Ithaca, NY

Heating the house is fairly complicated. This web page explains how to set the ETS (Electric Thermal Storage) units. Independent of the ETS units are the electric baseboard heaters in each full bathroom. These have dial controls. Also independent of the ETS units are the electric baseboard heaters in each small bedroom. These have dial thermostats in the room. And there is the wood stove... don't burn down the house.

Ideally, all heating should be done using night rate electricity, which costs less than daytime electricity. Night rate is 11:30pm to 7am EST (so that's 12:30am to 8am EDT in the summer). The bedroom thermostats and bathroom heaters have to be manually turned on and off to use night rate electricity. The ETS units are on a timer controlled from the small tan box in the garage, just right of the fuse box.

After following the steps below, the heaters should be set to turn on at night. Double check the settings when you are all done. If the heaters are set to turn on at 1am and off at 5am, then the button sequence
"Clock, On, On, Off, Off, Clock"
should produce this sequence on the display,
"current time, e 0100, - ----, e 0500, - ----, current time"

If the heaters are set not to turn on, then the button sequence
"Clock, On, On, Off, Off, Clock"
should produce this sequence on the display,
"current time, - ----, - ----, e 0500, - ----, current time"

There are six ETS units in the house. One in the office, two in the living (Category:  Resources)

Setting the Heaters to Turn On: Step 1

There are six ETS units in the house. One in the office, two in the living room, one in the kitchen, one in the front entry, and one in the big bedroom. check all six to make sure they have an inch or two of clearance on all sides. Nothing should be touching them.

Each ETS unit has two dials. The left dial controls the discharge rate. Which really doesn't do all that much. The right dial controls the desired temperature setting. I usually leave it around 2 (except the ETS unit in the office which I usually leave as close to zero as possible). You may need a quarter to turn the right dial. In conjunction with how long they are actually on, this controls how much heat they output.    Ithaca -- 1/1/2018

Go out to the control box in the garage. (Category:  Resources)

Setting the Heaters to Turn On: Step 2

Go out to the control box in the garage.

First thing to do is make sure the clock is correct. It is usually showing what it thinks is the current time (press the Clock button to be sure).

The number on the left is the day of the week. We don't use this feature. It can be set to anything from 1 to 7. The other four digits are the current time in 24 hour format. Make sure it is correct. Set the time by pressing the Hour and Minute buttons.    Ithaca -- 1/1/2018

Set the time to turn on. (Category:  Resources)

Setting the Heaters to Turn On: Step 3

Set the time to turn on.

Press the On button. This will show the time it is set to turn on, or - ---- if no time is set.

Press the "Day" to select "e" for every day. Press hour and minute to set the desired time to turn on the ETS units. For example, "e 0100" would cause the units to turn on at 1am every night.

Note that there are actually 14 possible On settings. If you continue to press "On" you will see more of them. But since they are generally blank, it isn't obvious what you are seeing. If you press "Clock" to return to the current time, then press "On" once, you will see the first setting. If you continue to push "On" you should see blank settings until you have gone through all 14 and returned to the first.    Ithaca -- 1/1/2018

Set the time to turn off. (Category:  Resources)

Setting the Heaters to Turn On: Step 4

Set the time to turn off.

Press the Off button. This will show the time it is set to turn off, or - ---- if no time is set. I always leave the Off setting set to something so that if the heaters turn on for any reason, they will turn off once a day.

Press the "Day" to select "e" for every day. Press hour and minute to set the desired time to turn off the ETS units. For example, "e 0500" would cause the units to turn off at 5am every morning.

Note that there are actually 14 possible Off settings. If you continue to press "Off" you will see more of them. But since they are generally blank, it isn't obvious what you are seeing. If you press "Clock" to return to the current time, then press "Off" once, you will see the first setting. If you continue to push "Off" you should see blank settings until you have gone through all 14 and returned to the first.    Ithaca -- 1/1/2018

Disable the ETS units (Category:  Resources)

Setting the Heaters NOT to Turn On

Disable the ETS units

If you don't want the ETS units to turn on the next night, then you need to clear the "On" time. Note that there is never a reason to clear the "Off" time.

Press "On" to see the time the units are set to turn on. Press "Clear" to erase the on time. Subsequent press of "On" should show "- ----" for blank entries. If not, press "Clear" until all the On entries are blank.    Ithaca -- 1/1/2018

You can turn on the heaters at any time by pressing the (Category:  Resources)

Manual Override

You can turn on the heaters at any time by pressing the "Manual Override" button. They will be on until turned off by pressing Manual Override again, or until the next pre-set Off time is encountered.    Ithaca -- 1/1/2018