Technology is simply amazing. Nowadays, it is possible to enjoy the temperatures you want indoors, whether it is cold or hot outside. All this is made possible with a smart gadget that is known as a thermostat.
What Is The Definition Of A Thermostat?
A heater thermostat can be described as a gadget that is responsible for switching the heating system on and off as required.
It senses the air temperature so that if it falls below the thermostat settings, it automatically turns on the heat. It also switches off when the set temperature has been achieved.
The word thermostat is based on two ancient Greek words, i.e. Thermo– which means heat and statos which mean static to imply “stay the same.” A simple explanation would be that a thermostat is a device that keeps heat the same.
How Do The Thermostats Operate?
Mechanical thermostats work in the ideal that things expand when they heat and contract when they cool down to switch an electric circuit on & off. The common types use bimetallic strips and gas filled bellows.
- Bimetallic strips- a Bimetal/bimetallic strip is found in a traditional thermostat and is formed when two pieces of different materials are bolted together. The piece acts as a bridge in the electrical circuit that is connected to the heating system. When the bridge is down the strip will transport electricity through the circuit to turn on the heat. When it is up, the power will switch off at once so that the room starts to cool.
- Gas filled bellows- this is an alternative design that responds quicker to temperature changes when compared to the strips. It makes use of two metal discs that have gas filled bellows in between. Discs have huge surface area reason why they react faster to heat. When your room warms up the gas expands, forcing the drives apart, which switches off the heat. The opposite happened when the room cools, which turns on the heat.
How Does One Set The Thermostat?
To use and set any room thermostat, it is essential that you find the lowest temperature settings that you and any other house members would be comfortable in. Nothing further is needed as all you have to do is sit back and let it perform its duty.
It is advisable to start with low temperatures like 18 degrees Celsius. From here you can turn it up every other day by a level until you reach a level you like. Once it is set, the thermostat does not have to be adjusted anymore.
Note that making any adjustments above the settings only leads to more bills and watered energy.
Where Should The Thermostat Be Installed?
To work efficiently, the heater thermostat requires the free flow of air. It is the only way it gets to sense the temperature. Essentially, it means that it must not be blocked by furniture or covered using curtains.
Other places you should avoid installing the thermostat so that it works well include:
- Close to televisions.
- In proximity of electric fences.
- Near a wall.
- Next to table lamps.