Tried searching the forums but couldn’t find a good recent-ish thread discussing this. What would people suggest for an outlet (plug in or hard wired) that will handle an 1800 watt space heater? The heaters seem to run 1800 on high and 1500 on low. 1800 seems beyond many outlets specs from what I am finding. In my basement we have forced air heat that just can’t keep up since I think it was an after thought to heating the main floor. Possibly added later when the basement was finished. Most of the time this is fine since I’d rather the heat money be spent on the main floor, but its where my kids play room is so would like to be able to warm it up when they are down there.
I have them pretty well trained to only run on low and turn off when they leave. . . .but being kids. . . there have been times they forget to turn off. Right now I have hooked up to a monoprice plug in outlet but it keeps dropping connection so I really don’t want to use it. The setup only turns the outlet off, never on. I have them click the button on the outlet and turn the heater on when they want to use it. Theoretically they also turn it off when they leave, but I use motion sensors in the room to turn off if people leave for 5 min.
It would be great to find a UL device but poking around, that doesn’t seem likely. Also my z-wave network seems more dependable than my zigbee, but I would be open to either. Dependability is key for either in this case. People have any good suggestions?