Air conditioning systems and thermostats have come a long way since they were first invented. Programmable thermostats are a great way to ensure that your home stays a comfortable temperature while you are there, without working hard for no reason when no one is home. This is a great way to keep your energy bill on the lower end. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, you can save approximately $180 off of your annual heating and cooling bill with a programmable thermostat. If you purchase one of these thermostats from an HVAC contractor, they will probably install it for you. However, you can definitely do it yourself fairly quickly. The whole process should take about an hour to complete.
Read the Instructions for thermostat installation
It’s important to note whether your existing thermostat has 2 or 3 wires. Typically, units with a third wire is better installed by a professional since the process is a bit more complex. However, if you are comfortable attempting the install yourself, regardless of the number of wires, it is your decision. Before you begin installing your new programmable thermostat, you should read the instructions thoroughly. Since there are a variety of manufacturers, the instructions may vary slightly from the model you have. Of course, if you have any electrical concerns, it is best to contact the manufacturer directly to avoid any unnecessary injury.
Removing the Current Thermostat
After reading the instructions and gaining confidence in your ability to install the new thermostat, you should shut off the thermostat’s power supply. Next, remove the entire thermostat with its wall plate. If your thermostat contains mercury, as many older ones do, use caution and follow your local recycling company’s guidelines for disposing. You should then label the wires and note where they were attached on the old thermostat. Keep the wires secure so that they don’t fall back into the wall by taping them to the wall.
Installing the New Thermostat
Now you are ready to install the new thermostat. First, install the new wall plate if your new unit came with one. You may need to drill new holes, for which a level would come in handy. Next, you should match each wire to the corresponding terminal of the new thermostat, connecting them accordingly. If batteries are needed, put those in next. Now you can mount the unit to the wall plate, restore the power to the thermostat and program it as directed.
With technology as advanced as it has become, this is now possible without sacrificing your comfort in your own home. While many people opt for HVAC professionals to install their updated programmable thermostats, it is entirely possible to do successfully by yourself, with the help of detailed instructions provided by the manufacturer. So you can relax, knowing your home’s temperature is controlled by a schedule you determine.
Paul Stevens is an experienced blogger on DIY and Home Improvement issues, he frequently used to write easy DIY tips for his friends blog, and this article was written on behalf of JTR Heating & AC