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Is your home feeling too cold or warm? Your thermostat will address all your temperature problems. With a single press on the button, cold or warm air immediately circulates within your house. Most people know what a thermostat is by name, but rarely think about how it works.

What Is A Thermostat?

A thermostat is a device that measures your home’s temperature and uses the information obtained to activate your air conditioner or furnace according to the thermostat’s setting.  Cornelis Drebbel, a Dutchman, invented the first thermostat in an early 17th century. The thermostat is a modern word that is made up of two Greek words; Thermo (heat) and statos (which means standing) and is leaked to words like status.

How Does A Thermostat Work?

Before understanding how a thermostat works, there are various types of thermostats you may have in your home. Most homes have electronic thermostats with older homes using the electromechanical systems. Other types of thermostats include programmable, no-programmable,  touch screen, wireless and outlet.

Well, how does a thermostat work?  It uses the concept of thermal expansion to switch on and off an electric circuit. It merely expands when heated up and contracts when cooled down. Other thermostats use gas-filled bellows and bimetallic strips to do the same.

Electronic thermostats are specially built and function just like a small computer. They use sensors to ascertain if yours is at the right temperature. In addition to that, they are also equipped with programmable setting s and Wi-Fi to keep your house in different temperatures both day and night in whether in your presence or not.

No matter the type of thermostat you are using, regular changes in temperature may cause the system to work in overtime. Avoid continually turning up and down your thermostat, because you will be wasting a lot of energy.