connect programmable thermostat
- You are willing to let the temperature of your house drop in winter at night and when no one is home. Also, you are willing to increase the temperature when no one is home during the summer.
- Programmable thermostat (or clock thermostat)
- Important: If your house has a central heat pump, it requires a special programmable thermostat that is designed for your particular brand system. Call the local distributor or manufacturer for recommendations on the best product to buy.
- Needle-nosed pliers
required skills: Simple handiwork
annual energy savings: $65 to $90
average time required: ½ hour to install
- Read the directions for installation and operation of the programmable thermostat.
- Disconnect the fuse or turn off the breaker switch for the heating and cooling system in the service entrance panel.
- Remove the old thermostat by taking off the cover and unscrewing the unit from the wall. Make sure the wires do not fall back inside the wall. Caulk the hole through which the wires extend.
- Follow the directions that come with the thermostat to connect it to the wiring from the heating and cooling system.
- Attach the thermostat to the wall or other location.
- Reconnect electrical service to the heating and cooling system; program the thermostat and monitor its performance to make sure it is working properly.