What's a digital thermostat?

Digital thermostats are energy saving devices that are manually programmable to allow users to control temperature settings. They can be used with most heating and cooling devices.

How does a digital thermostat work?

A digital system can automatically store and repeat settings while still allowing for the option of manual override. These thermostats provide occupants with a more comfortable house temperature during waking and sleeping hours by automatically turning the air conditioner or heater on or off during pre-programmed times.

How do digital thermostats compare to traditional thermostats?

Digital devices can be set to adjust to the user's schedule, unlike traditional systems. They have a digital face and allow the user to have the largest range of flexibility and feature options currently available from a thermostat. Some systems allow user's to have up to four settings a day. Others provide a 7-day system that gives the option of a different pre-programmed setting everyday. Some even come with vacation override so the user doesn't waste energy or money while away.

Can I save money using a digital thermostat?

Yes. These thermostats are generally up to 10 percent more cost effective and efficient per year than traditional thermostats, according to the Department of Energy.

List the advantages and disadvantages.


  • More accurate settings
  • Up to four settings a day
  • Offers greatest flexibility
  • More cost effective than traditional systems
  • Easier to read screens


  • Some models may be more difficult to set than traditional thermometers
  • Not cost effective if used incorrectly