How To Install a Digital or Manual Thermostat

Installing a new digital thermostat in your home can help you conserve energy and help protect the environment. But, it can also save you lot’s of money on your monthly heating and cooling bills. With today’s constantly rising costs of everything, saving money any place that you can only makes sense.

Replacing your old thermostat with a digital one can save you as much as 30 to 35 per cent on your utility bill annually. That can add up to a savings of over one third of what you’re paying out on your monthly bill. It’s a way of benefiting the environment while at the same time benefiting yourself.

Besides all of the money that you’ll save and the gases you’ll prevent from escaping into the air, digital thermostats have big benefits over the old manual type. The timing feature is one of the main benefits of using this type of thermostat.

With a digital thermostat you can set it to different settings around the clock. You can use the settings to turn the heating or cooling system off when no one is home. And, have it kick on by itself half an hour before you get home to have your house comfortable and ready for you.

You can set the thermostat to automatically go to a lower temperature an hour after everyone is cozy and warm in bed. And, have it raise before you get up to have the whole house toasty warm. The ability to choose when you need your home warmer or cooler and not even be there to turn the thermostat up or down yourself is a huge convenience.

Almost anyone can install a digital thermostat and you don’t even need any complicated tools. A screwdriver, drill, masking tape, level and a pair of wire strippers or a sharp knife is all that you need to get the job done.

Make sure that you throw the breaker into the off position before attempting to do any type of work involving electricity. There are several wires in different colors and there won’t be any confusion when hooking them up to the new thermostat if you mark them. Use small pieces of the masking tape to wrap around each wire and mark the letter or number on the tape that is next to the screw.

Remove the faceplate on your old thermostat, loosen the screws and pull it away from the wall so that you can get to the wires. Mark all of the wires with masking tape, loosen the screws that hold the wires in place and remove the wires.

The screw holes may not be the same on the new thermostat. If they’re not then you’ll need to make new ones. Hold the thermostat on the wall and use the level to make sure that it’s completely level. Use a pencil or pen to mark the spot where the new screws need to go.

Take the face plate off of the new thermostat and pull all of the wires through the back of the plate. Now, you can attach the new thermostat to the wall with the screws. Make sure that you use the level to re-check the accuracy of the thermostat.

Both old and new thermostats are very sensitive and need to be perfectly level to function properly. If it’s not level, you may need to re-do the screw holes to line it up. When it’s level go ahead and insert the screws and attach it to the wall. Be careful to not let any of the wires fall inside the wall, or let any of them get caught behind the thermostat.

Check all of the wires and make sure that there’s not any crimped or corroded spots along the wire. The wires should already be stripped, but if they’re not, strip at least 3/4 inch of the outer coating off of the wire. If you get lucky the numbers or letters that you marked on the wires will line up with the ones on the new thermostat.

If not, just closely follow the manufacturers instructions that came with the new thermostat. Normally if letters are used, the “Y” will mean the yellow wire, the “R” will be for the red wire and the “G” will of course, be for the green wire.

Once you’ve gotten the wires attached you’re ready to reattach the faceplate to the thermostat body. Almost all models of digital thermostats require a battery to work, there is usually one included in the package. Install the battery and turn the electricity back on.

Now all that’s left to do is to set the time on the thermostat, set your desired temperature and choose the program cycle that you want to use. Digital thermostats are generally inexpensive and can usually pay for themselves on your first utility bill!

The steps to installing a regular, manual thermostat are exactly the same and even replacing an old thermostat with a new more efficient one can still help you save energy. But, with the many advantages of digital ones, there’s really no need in having to adjust the temperature manually all the time!