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What is a Temperature Control System?

By R. Kayne
Updated May 16, 2024
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A temperature control system is a programmable thermostat that can keep the home or office at a desired temperature regardless of fluctuating exterior conditions. The advantage of having such a system over a common thermostat is that it can save energy and money by automatically maintaining different temperatures at different times of the day and night.

This type of system consists of a small digital device, wired to a heating and cooling system. About the size of a traditional wall-mounted thermostat, a temperature control system contains a circuit board and memory chip. After setting the system to a desired temperature, known as a set point, the system will utilize the heater or air conditioning as needed to maintain that setting for the duration programmed.

For example, in winter months you might like your home heated to 71°F (21.6°C) in the mornings when rising. If the house is empty during the day, there is no need to maintain this temperature and the control system can be set to allow it to naturally fall to another preset temperature. It can be preset to kick back on about 30 minutes before you or other family members normally arrive home. When the household sleeps, the temperature control system can maintain a cooler setting, warming up just before the household awakens. All of these various temperatures and times or set points are preset by the user to automate the process without having to manually adjust the thermostat.

By using a temperature control system you never have to worry about wasting money by forgetting to turn the air conditioning or heater off. Programming the device only takes a few minutes, and weekends can have separate set points to accommodate alternate schedules. It’s also easy to override the set point with the touch of a button, in case you want to temporarily be warmer or cooler.

Though these systems are extremely affordable, the least expensive models may not have the added flexibility of the more deluxe models. For instance, an economy model might not have the ability to set weekday controls separately. Whatever schedule is set will apply for the entire workweek. Deluxe models allow the user to apply unique set points to each day of the week, while most models allow different schedules for Saturday and Sunday.

If you do not have air conditioning, a temperature control system can still be connected to your heater for programmable heating. Highly convenient and money-saving systems are available online and at your local home improvement store.

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Discussion Comments

By anon243830 — On Jan 30, 2012

A thermostat is a programmable temperature control device which is very helpful in daily life. The main advantage of having a programmable thermostat over a common thermostat is that it can save energy and money as it automatically adjusts itself according to the climate.

Thanks for the example, by which I can learn more about this temperature control system. Thanks for the post.

By anon2786 — On Jul 25, 2007

If I turn the thermostat all the way down to 70 degrees will the room cool to 74 degrees faster? And if the air conditioner can't cool the room past 78 degrees will turning the thermostat down to 70 degrees make the room cooler then 78 degrees?

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