A thermostat is a common household device with a relatively simple function. It regulates the heating and cooling system, ensuring the home maintains the desired temperature. Surprisingly enough, thermostats come in various types, each fitting specific uses and individual preferences.

This article will overview the most common thermostat types and describe how they differ by functionality.


A more rudimentary thermostat type, the mechanical variant has a manual operating system that necessitates direct user input. These thermostats are less costly than advanced types but lack automation options.

Mechanical thermostats are ideal for homes that don’t require frequent temperature changes. Since one can’t program the thermostat, temperature regulation will be left entirely to the residents. In other words, this thermostat type is unsuitable for people who sometimes leave their homes for prolonged periods or would like the temperature to adjust automatically before arriving home.


This thermostat type represents a digital variant of the basic mechanical thermostat. While these devices are digital, they rely on manual settings and don’t offer advanced options. Non-programmable digital thermostats have one notable advantage compared to mechanical devices: they feature LCDs that may be easier to read for specific users.


Programmable thermostats allow users to leverage automation for more convenient temperature control. These thermostats can be set to a particular temperature within a specific timeframe. The device will adjust the temperature automatically without further user input.

Top-of-the-line programmable thermostats can be set for weekly and daily schedules. In other words, users can set the desired temperature for individual days of the week and different times of the day. Furthermore, most programmable thermostats come with preset programs. Such devices will only require the user to choose a preset, and the thermostat will take care of everything else.


This thermostat type features remote connection via a smart device or computer. Therefore, one can access the thermostat via Wi-Fi. The network connection may be established individually, with the device tapping into the wireless signal or through a dedicated hub device.

Remote connection thermostats are digital devices by default. They are programmable, at least to the same level as basic programmable thermostats, but may offer even more advanced options. The most important aspect of these devices is that users can control them from any location.


A smart thermostat has the most customizable automation options in terms of programming. Yet, these devices can do much more than programmable thermostats: they can learn and adapt their function.

Smart thermostats become more functional the more they’re used. The devices are often equipped with remote monitoring technology and sensor compatibility. Paired with sensors, a smart thermostat can micro-manage the temperature in individual home areas.


Homeowners can choose a particular thermostat type based on their needs and budget. Luckily, the available options can fill any user’s requirements. It’s worth mentioning that, regardless of the chosen type of thermostat, proper installation will be necessary to ensure the device functions as intended. Therefore, it would be best to employ a professional air conditioning service to install the chosen device.

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