What are the types of thermostats?

There are three main types of boiler thermostats to choose from and it can be hard to know which one is right for your home and lifestyle. Choosing the right thermostat can reduce your energy bills and lessen the worry of energy waste in your home.

The perfect thermostat for your home heating will vary depending on your lifestyle, and the heating needs of your home. To help you choose the right thermostat, we have put together a guide about the various types available and the features they offer.

 Manual Thermostats

Manual thermostats are the most basic thermostat on the market, they are easy to operate and often come with a simple dial that you turn to set the required temperature. They are best suited for areas where the heating requirements remain the same day in and day out, as once the thermostat is set it keeps the room at the same temperature until you turn it off again.

A manual thermostat needs to be fixed to a wall to work properly. They work by using a mechanical device to detect changes in room temperature. When room temperature changes are detected, a metal coil inside the thermostat is triggered, this then works to move and connect or disconnect the electric circuit.

When searching for a manual thermostat, you may find that they are commonly referred to as non-programmable or analogue thermostats.

 Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats allow you to program your heating to be on or off, by setting up target temperatures and times. For example, you can set your heating to be off from 9 am-4 pm when you are at work, and then kick in at 5 pm to warm your home for your return at 6 pm.

Programmable thermostats often have limitations to the number of programmes that can be set per day, only allowing you to set one daily schedule, that repeats every day for 7 consecutive days. While the option is there to override the programmes by adjusting your heating manually, this takes away the convenience of having a programmable thermostat.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats are enabled by the internet and are the most advanced type of thermostat on the market. They allow you to control your heating from a smartphone or another Wi-Fi-powered device when you are out and about.

As the name suggests, smart thermostats are incredibly intelligent, they offer the standard features of a programmable thermostat with tons of additional features. Smart thermostats allow you to manage your heating more efficiently, you can create automatic and programmable temperature settings based on daily schedules, weather conditions, and heating and cooling needs.

Some smart thermostats can monitor how you heat your home and learn your routine, allowing a more hands-off approach to scheduling your heating. Heating your home based on your routine can reduce your energy bills and avoid wasting energy, as the thermostat will only heat your home when it knows heating is required.

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