Hey fellow herp lovers! I recently bought a thermostat as I needed something to control my heating pads I searched and ended up buying this one Amazon.com: Hydrofarm MTPRTC Digital Thermostat For Heat Mats: Patio, Lawn & Garden 1)price 2)digital 3)automatic on/off feauture for heat 4)SUPER easy! I was looking into the reptitemp 500 but just read alot on how it was hard to set up and you have to keep "playing with it" till you get the temps you want. Atm the way I have it set up the probe has not been touched so it basically reads the ambient temp in my room I am using it to control 1 heat pad but later will use it for 2 heatpads. I have set up the heat mat to reach 85 max temp the thermostat will turn off once the set temp is reached and turn back on once 3degress below set temp. My question is will me having the probe out affect my temps? example room temp is 75 causing heat mat to turn on till reaches 85degrees but since the probe is out reading room temps in general it will never reach 85 making my heat mat keep on heating? I am new to these kind of stuff so really would love for someome to chime in on this as I do not want my bp getting burned altho he does stay in the hide and Ive had the thermostat for a week now.