Bearded dragon thermostats
A thermostat is an electrical device connected to heating and/or cooling equipment to control their function in order to keep the effected temperature constant. Thermostats use a probe to ‘detect’ or ‘read’ the immediate temperature, where it then either activate or deactivate heat regulation sources. Thermostats used for Bearded dragons can either be digital or manual.
How thermostats work
A thermostat is like a temperature sensitive switch. When the sensed temperature is different from the desired temperature set on the thermostat, the switch will be triggered. Some thermostats will be manufactured to control heating equipment, others with cooling equipment while some thermostats will be able to control both heating and cooling equipment.
Using a thermostat in a Bearded dragon enclosure
The most common type of thermostat used for Bearded dragons will control the heat source, e,g, a basking light. These thermostats will function by switching heating equipment on when the sensed temperature drops below the desired range. In other words, for example, if the desired temperature is 30 °C / 86 °F and the environmental temperature is 20 °C / 68 °F, the thermostat will be switch on until the desired temperature is reached.
Not all thermostats will be able to handle the same temperature range. Although there are many choices available today, the most important requirement for a Bearded dragon thermostat is that it must be able to maintain the recommended temperature range of 40 ºC / 104 ºF. For this reason the best choices will often be available from specialised/reptile friendly pet shops. Certain thermostats can also be used for Bearded dragon incubators