5 Easy Steps on How to Install a Thermostat
Is it time for a new thermostat? Whether your old thermostat is broken or you just want to lower your energy bills with a smart thermostat, installing a new one doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Thermostats might look intimidating with their many wires and tiny electronic parts, but with the right tools, you can learn how to install a thermostat in no time.
Five Fast Steps: How To Install a Thermostat
Step One: Cut the power.
First things first: Before you get started, you’ll need to turn off the power supply to any units attached to the thermostat, including the AC and the furnace or boiler. You can most easily do this by flipping the necessary switches in the breaker box or by removing the fuse from the fuse box. Check that the power is indeed off by turning the thermostat high enough to kick on the furnace and low enough to kick on the air conditioner. If they don’t turn on, you’re safe to continue.
Step Two: Remove the old thermostat.
You can’t just pull the old thermostat off; you’ll need to complete this step in stages. First, remove the old thermostat’s face, and then grab your phone to take a picture of the wires and inner workings of the old thermostat. This picture will serve as a handy reference when you’re ready to install the new thermostat.
Now, you can disconnect the wires. You might need a small screwdriver to loosen the screws holding the wires in place. Once the wires are disconnected, you can remove the old mount, and you’ll be ready to install the new thermostat.
Step Three: Secure the new thermostat base into position.
You’re now ready to screw the new base to the wall. Use the base to mark the position on the wall, and use a level to keep the base straight. Mark the walls for drilling, and consider using drywall anchors to keep things more secure and stable. When you begin drilling, use a bit just a little bit smaller than your screws. Feed the wires through the base before you screw it into place.
Step Four: Attach the new thermostat wires.
The new mount should have different letters, such as R and G. These letters indicate which colored wire goes into which receptor. Just install the wires into the appropriate receptor. Some might need screws, but others may lock into position. If needed, refer to the picture you took in the previous step to ensure that all of your wires are in the right spots.
Once the mount is in place, you can attach the new face.
Step Five: Set your new thermostat!
First, get the power moving back to your furnace and AC by screwing the fuse back in or flipping the breaker. Read the instructions that came with your new thermostat, and follow the steps to configure your thermostat. Some have additional features that allow them to be easily controlled via smartphone or tablet even when you’re not home.
Getting More Out of Your Newly Replaced Thermostat
The average person spends about $3,000 annually on energy, and heating and cooling costs are responsible for about half that amount. You might not drastically cut your energy costs with a programmable thermostat, but you could save a few hundred dollars a year. To get the most out of it, you need to understand its features and how to use them.
Programmable thermostats typically come with a variety of settings that can be used throughout the day. You can set your thermostat to one temperature in the morning, a different temperature when you’re at work and still another for while you’re sleeping.
Think about the temperature at which you’re most comfortable. This should be the temperature you use when you and your family are home. Then, use the recommended settings for energy saving for periods when you’re not home, at work, on vacation or overnight. You can further adjust the recommended settings for your own comfort level.
If you’re still feeling confused about how to replace a thermostat or just need a little professional guidance, we’re here for you throughout the Tampa Bay region. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced technicians.