What Is an Electronic Thermostat?

An electronic thermostat is one that uses heat-sensing receptors to gauge the temperature in a home, then uses those temperature readings to switch the heating and cooling equipment on or off as needed. They are generally programmable, making it easy to regulate a home's temperature at all times.

Electronic thermostats are a more energy-efficient choice for home heating and cooling because they can be programmed to maximize energy efficiency even while the residents are sleeping. Program the thermostat to use the least amount of energy heating or cooling while the house is empty or at night, and set it to a more comfortable temperature when residents are awake and active at home.