Must-Know Smart Thermostat Installation Tips for Homeowners

As a homeowner, you want to make upgrades to your home that help to save you money and increase your comfort level. One great upgrade that you should consider investing in is a smart thermostat. This will help you to keep your home at a more comfortable temperature throughout the year and assist you in saving more money on your energy bills.

Getting Ready for the Installation Process

Before you purchase a smart thermostat, it’s a good idea to make sure that your existing HVAC system is compatible with the thermostat. Many of the thermostat manufacturers will have a compatibility checker on their website that you can utilize to determine whether or not that specific smart thermostat will work with your existing setup. Note that sometimes you may need to install a C wire adapter to accommodate your new smart thermostat.

Removing the Old Thermostat

Once you have your smart thermostat purchased, you’ll want to start the installation process by turning off all the power to your HVAC system. While it’s completely possible to change out your thermostat without turning off the power because the wires are relatively low-voltage, the problem is that you may end up shorting out internal components of your HVAC system if the wires touch one another.

You’ll want to start the removal process by taking the faceplate off of your thermostat. This faceplate is typically held in by compression or a small hidden screw. Next, you’ll want to notate the location of all the wires on your current thermostat so that you know where they go on your new thermostat. Once you know where all the wires go, it’s time to unscrew the backplate and thread the wires out through it.

Installing the New Thermostat

Go ahead and grab the backplate for your new thermostat and attach it to the wall. Make sure that you’re screwing into a stud, or you can use screw anchors so that your thermostat is secured to the wall. Next, reattach the wiring according to the diagram that you drew prior to removing the old one. Go ahead and pop on the faceplate once all your wiring is attached, and turn the power back on at the circuit breakers for your HVAC system. Your smart thermostat should kick on with a series of prompts to help set up the new settings for your thermostat.

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