Traditional thermostats are controlled by hand, usually with a dial. A thermometer is connected to a metal strip that expands and contracts as your home gets hotter and colder, which sets off an electrical circuit connected to your boiler or furnace. This design, though effective, is imprecise and difficult to control.
Digital thermostats are a little bit easier to use. An electronic display face allows you to set temperatures by the degree instead of estimating using a dial. When the desired temperature is reached, the thermostat automatically shuts off your heating system.
Though this model is more user-friendly than traditional thermostats, it doesn’t allow you to program a climate control schedule, making you more likely to end up wasting energy.
Smart thermostats are the latest development in the world of home climate control and one of the most important components of an intelligent heating setup. They connect your existing thermostat to your furnace or boiler using your Wifi network, making it easy to set up and use your new system almost immediately.
Programmable thermostats give you the highest level of control over your home heating setup, adjusting automatically throughout the day based on the schedule that you set. Some are even able to learn more from your behavior and adjust accordingly.