a Programmable Thermostat*
programmable thermostat is a temperature-sensitive device that lets you
choose the temperature to be maintained in one or several rooms of your
home during different times of the day. ENERGY STAR labeled programmable
thermostats are easy to use and can significantly improve heating and
cooling comfort in your home by keeping room temperature within 2 degrees
F of your desired temperature. They are designed to help save money on
your utility bill and reduce energy waste. When used properly, an ENERGY
STAR programmable thermostat can cut your heating and cooling bills by
20-30 percent annually.
Read the instructions
with the new unit BEFORE starting the installation. There are so many
different units on the market and while they may share some of the same
characteristics, there will be something different about each one.
are the basics:
Turn off the
power supply to the thermostat.
Remove the old thermostat, including the wall plate. Older thermostats
with glass tubes contain mercury. Use caution when handling and check
with your local recycling company for disposal instructions.
note as to how your old thermostat was wired and label the wires if necessary.
Your thermostat will have two or four wires depending on whether your
heating and cooling systems are separate or one unit. Secure them (tie
into a loop or tape them to the wall) to keep them from falling back into
the new wall plate, if there is one. You may need to drill new holes for
the new model. Use a level to mark where the holes are to be drilled.
Use drywall anchors, if necessary.
Connect the wires as directed by the instructions that come with your
particular unit. Follow these instructions carefully. Install batteries,
Mount the unit to the wall plate.
power and program the new thermostat as directed. Be patient, sometimes
they take a little trial and error to understand.
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