How to Install a Digital Thermostat

Many older homes have outdated thermostats in which you turn a knob to set it to the desired temperature. These old thermostats can be inefficient and cause heating and cooling bills to rise. Upgrading to a digital thermostat is an inexpensive way to help cut your energy costs while also efficiently regulating the temperature in your home. Some digital thermostats are even programmable, so you will be sure to keep an even temperature in your home throughout the day. Because of all the benefits this simple home improvement can provide, learning how to install a digital thermostat is worth the effort to save money while making your home comfortable and cozy.

Steps

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    Purchase a digital thermostat from a home improvement or hardware store.
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    Turn off the power to your furnace before beginning digital thermostat installation.
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    Remove the cover of the old thermostat.
    • Most of them simply pop off easily with a little force.
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    Remove the screws from the screw terminals in the sub-base of the old thermostat and remove it from the wall.
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    Disconnect the wires and label them with masking tape so you know where to connect them to the new digital thermostat.
    • There should be letters on the old unit next to each wire. Simply mark each spot with the tape with the corresponding letter on it.
    • If the screw holes line up, you can use the old ones. If not, use a drill for new holes and use dry wall mounts if needed.
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    Mount the sub-base of your new digital thermostat over the old location.
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    Attach the wires to the correct terminals in the new digital thermostat sub-base on the wall.
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    Put batteries in your new digital thermostat.
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    Attach the cover of the new digital thermostat to the sub-base on the wall.
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    Turn on the power to your furnace.
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    Set the temperature to your new digital thermostat and experience how efficiently it regulates the temperature in your home.
    • If your digital thermostat is the programmable kind, simply program in the desired temperature. It will regulate the temperature in your home to this degree, and keep it there.

Tips

  • Don't hesitate to install a digital thermostat because you think the task is difficult. In most cases, it is quite simple to do.
  • Don't hesitate to ask an employee at a home improvement or hardware store if you have any questions when selecting a digital thermostat.
  • Set the temperature one degree lower in winter when you aren't at home and when you are sleeping, and one degree higher during these times in the summer months. Your new digital thermostat will accurately hold these settings and help you save money on your energy bills each season.
  • If your new digital thermostat is programmable, try different temperatures to see what feels best in your home. This could result saving energy and lowering heating and cooling bills.

Warnings

  • Follow digital thermostat installation instructions closely to avoid injury or problems.
  • Never attempt to install a digital thermostat until the power to your furnace is turned off. Doing so could result in shock or electrocution.
  • Never mix up the wires when installing a digital thermostat. If your old system is a very complicated one and the wires are confusing, you might want to consult a professional for help.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital thermostat
  • Screwdriver
  • Masking tape
  • Dry wall mounts
  • Drill


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Categories: Heating Cooling and Energy Efficiency