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People are increasingly going for digital thermostats. With good reason, as these thermostats have a number of specific strong suits, including automatic time control and guaranteed minimum temperature.

What does a thermostat do?

A thermostat alerts the central heating boiler when the temperature around the house gets too cold or too hot. Depending on the temperature, the boiler will either switch on or off. 

Traditional thermostats had to be manually operated (the so-called ‘round dial’). Modern-day thermostats measure the temperature by themselves. In addition, they have a timer feature enabling you to set the time when you want the heating on or off. 

From clock thermostats to digital thermostats 

Clock thermostats operate by way of a timer mechanism that controls the supply heat at set times, making it easy to preheat your home. Very practical when you get home on a cold winter's day. 

This timer control also features on digital thermostats. But things do not stop at that. Digital thermostats come with extra functions which make them a lot more versatile and a lot more accurate. 

Benefits of digital thermostats

Programming features

A digital thermostat enables you to set different temperatures for each part of the day on different days of the week. You get to choose the exact time when you want the heating to switch on or when you want the temperature reduced. This is nice to have at the weekend when you get up later in the morning, are more often away from home or when you forget to turn off the heating late in the evening before turning in.

Comfort temperatures

Digital thermostats allow you to set a minimum temperature that will give you a pleasant warmth at all times, avoiding cold temperatures in the living room. In addition, most have a frost-guard setting by which you prevent unexpected cold waves from affecting your piping. 

Greater accuracy

Digital room thermostats have a much greater accuracy than mechanical thermostats. An electronic sensor measures and compares the desired temperature and sees to it that the temperature requested is maintained to save energy. 

Wireless thermostats

Some digital thermostats do not need wires, giving you more scope as to the locations you may want to have them fitted.

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