Thermometer vs Thermostat

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Thermomètre vs thermostat

In Europe, temperatures are falling and energy needs, particularly in terms of heating, are increasing. According to the new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) published on December 12, 2022, this winter we are experiencing the prologue of the energy crisis which risks threatening the survival of European industry and increasing pressure on households in the years to come. It is clear that if the professional thermometer or domestic is a necessary measuring instrument in many trades, it is essential today, like its cousin thermostat programmable. Yes, because measure temperature It's good, regulate the temperature it's better !

The experts of answer your most frequently asked questions about difference between thermometer and thermostat, the impact of temperature control on health and in terms of energy savings, whether in the office, in a factory, outdoors or at home.

Thermometer vs thermostat, what are the differences?

If we take the classic definitions a thermometer and a thermostat, here is what we can find:

  1. Thermometer, male name : Instrument intended for temperature measurement, generally thanks to the expansion of a liquid or a gas (mercury or helium thermometer).
  2. Thermostat, male name : Apsimilar which allowsobtain a constant temperature in a closed enclosure (thermostat oven).

As a French specialist in temperature sensors, gives you its own, more precise definitions: 

  1. Thermometer, male name : The thermometer is an instrument for measuring and reading temperature. Temperature measurement and its precision, in degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit, is done via two essential components. Namely a temperature sensor in which a change occurs and a tool for converting this change into a digital value. The thermometer is used in technology and industry. To monitor processes in meteorology, the food industry, medicine and scientific research. Its use can also be domestic, in particular to check body temperature.
  2. Thermostat, male name : The thermostat is a temperature control tool and regulator. Its function is to maintain a predefined interior temperature; On the one hand, it measures, via a thermometer, the temperature of a room or a surface then regulates its environment to a pre-programmed set point temperature.

The main difference between a thermometer and a thermostat lies in the fact that if the environment acts on the thermometer, conversely, it is the thermostat which acts on its environment.

Thermostat, health and energy

The thermostat in your business 🏢

If you are the manager of your own business, you know that you are responsible for the health of your employees and/or people you receive in your establishments. This is why it is essential to be well equipped to create a safe environment for vulnerable people whose health is fragile, in EHPADs or hospitals for example.

In addition, and although there is currently no law on temperatures in the workplace, it is necessary for Quality of Life at Work of your employees to maintain a ambient temperature of at least 16°C in offices (the ideal being 20°C). For people working on production lines for example, or any other person with physical activity, the minimum recommended temperature is 13°C.

To do this, we recommend that youequip your premises with a room thermometer. Ideally we recommend a digital thermometer (wireless or probe) that works via WiFi with analog display of several data: the outside temperature, indoor temperature and also displaying a clock in order to establish a daily program on your thermostat to regulate the temperature of all the rooms in your business.

The thermostat in your home 🏡

Of course the thermostat also has a great use at home, whether to keep rooms at the right temperature depending on the time of day (20°C during the day and 18°C ​​at night), but also to maintain a low humidity for example. In fact, the temperature of the baby's room will not be the same as that of your laundry room.

A few more little tips:

If you are equipped with a boiler you can also install a thermostatic mixer which controls the flow rates according to a desired temperature.

If you have an indoor aquarium, your probe thermometer can also help you maintain the water at the correct temperature.

There are room thermometers for less than €5.00 incl. VAT. which you can hang in different rooms of the house to control the temperature.

Other types of thermometers

To go further, know all of the different types of thermometers that exist, our temperature sensor advisors have looked into a whole bunch of topics that might interest you. Do not hesitate to look at the different types of thermometers on the Mag’ from

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