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Old 05-07-2013, 01:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to keep a stable temp from day-night?

This is related to another question I posted, viewtopic.php?f=16&t=27074

My apartment holds a lot of heat when it gets hot outside and it take a long time to cool down. It gets hot enough that even leaving just one CHE on the very lowest setting will put the cage temp around 80 degrees. Maybe the thermostat regulator is broken, because the lowest setting seems pretty hot to me.

Since it's spring, the nights are still pretty cool and the apartment will finally get to a comfortable temp around 2am, but since I couldn't turn on the CHE earlier there's no heat source in case it cools off too much, and I don't want to risk Piglet's cage getting cold during those morning hours. Has anyone found a way around this problem?

I have a 60 watt CHE that I'll try using tonight instead, but if anyone has other ideas in the meantime they would be much appreciated.
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What type of thermostat do you have?
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's one of those Zoo Med self-regulating ones that the CHE lamps plug directly into. It doesn't actually say what temperature it is, so I also have a digital thermometer. I keep the thermostat sensor and the digital thermometer right next to each other in the cage to try and make it as accurate as possible.
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When I've used CHE's for the rescues, I had that problem too when I used 100 or 150 watt emitters. I couldn't get the temperature to set low enough. Using the 60 watt should work better for you, but if not, you may have to turn it off during the day and on right before you head to bed.

It's the same with space heaters at this time of year. Any space heater I've used I've had to turn it down a degree or two during the day, and back up before bed.
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Thanks. I'll try the 60 watt tonight.
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Interesting problem and comments. Both of Sophie's cages have three 150 watt emitters with a Zilla #11939 1,000 watt thermostat (both cages 2 grid x 4 grid C&C). This time of year we get some big temperature swings from the mountain nights. Her AC might kick on during the day, but because of the temperature drops, her CHEs will fire up a few times during the night still.

I'll grant that the temperature dial of the thermostat is next to worthless. I keep a good digital thermometer right next to the probe and use it to tweak the thermostat setting. That said, they are dialed in exactly where I want them and thermometer data shows peak and low temperatures within a very narrow band.

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even leaving just one CHE on the very lowest setting will put the cage temp around 80 degrees. Maybe the thermostat regulator is broken,
This statement strikes me as problematic and indicates a problem; my first guess the thermostat. I see that Nancy notes the same problem; also interesting.

I can't help you, because it is completely outside of what I have experienced. I hope it worth mentioning that I have a pretty potent setup. Sophie's cage temperatures stay within a very narrow band, and this time of year the outside temperature swings can be pretty big.
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