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One of the most important parts of a home’s comfort system is its main control—the thermostat. The thermostat tells the home’s furnace and/or cooling system when to turn on and off as temperatures in the house or individual rooms fluctuate.

Essentially a heat-activated switch, a thermostat has a temperature sensor that causes the switch to open or close as the room warms or cools, completing or interrupting an electrical circuit that activates the furnace or cooling unit.

If your home has an older, non-programmable thermostat, consider replacing it with a fully programmable one. This is an essential tool for saving energy because you can use it to eliminate periods when the furnace or air conditioning unit may run unnecessarily. As its name implies, this type of thermostat can be programmed to maintain different temperatures during the day and night.

This section of HomeTips offers information on the types of thermostats available, how they work, and how to maintain and repair them.

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