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The 5 Common Features on Fireplace Remote Controls

A Guide to the Different Types of Millivolt Valve Remote Controls:

Fireplace remote controls provide a wonderful convenience for a gas fireplace and with all of the options available today it can be confusing as to what type may be best for your needs. So we've put together a comprehensive guide to the different types of remote controls that are designed for standard millivolt valves.

As discussed in our What Remote Works For You article, the easiest way to determine your fireplace's remote compatibility is by finding the Wiring Diagram in your fireplace Installation & Operation manual. For a standard millivolt valve, it should look something like this:

Once you've determined your fireplace has a standard millivolt, you'll have plenty of remote control options - most remote options have the option to include a battery powered receiver box or a 110V AC receiver box suite your preference, so let's take a look at them.

Types of Standard Fireplace Remote Controls:

1. On/Off

The most simple of all the remote control functions, this remote is as simple as it is convenient - just on and off. On/Off remotes offer reliable control in a compact design - and just like all millivolt valve remotes, they're easy to install.

2. Timer

In addition to the On/Off function, Timer remote controls provide an additional countdown timer function to your remote system in order to allow you to set your fireplace to run for a certain period of time. The timer function is easy to use and offers versatility in controlling your appliance - especially if you have the habit of accidentally leaving it on.

3. Thermostat

Similar to the Timer remote controls, Thermostatic remote controls allow On/Off control with a thermostat function in place of a countdown timer. The thermostat control works just like a regular thermostat would but from the convenience of your remote control.

*Note - you can also get a remote with both Timer and Thermostat functions in one unit, like the SKY-3301.

4. Programmable

The upper echelon of fireplace remotes, Programmable units allow the ultimate control for your fireplace. They include the Timer, Thermostat, and simple On/Off controls in addition to a programmable function to have those features operate automatically based on the temperature, time of day, or day of the week - it's your choice.

5. Fan Control

For those of you with a fireplace blower/fan, a special remote is available to provide control of the fan in addition to normal fireplace control. This remote is similar to the 3301-P in that it provides complete thermostat, timer, and programmable control of your fireplace, with the added benefit of simple On/Off fan control.

The Conclusion:

Hopefully this helps you understand what type of gas valve your fireplace operates with and leads you to the correct remote control choice. As always, if you have any further questions or you're still having trouble figuring out what remote works for you, feel free to contact us.

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