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Installing a Thermostat: What You Need to Know Before You Start

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Posted by admin on September 01, 2014

A thermostat is a basic home heating and cooling necessity. Without one, your heater and air conditioner would not know what temperature to maintain your indoor space at – in other words, they will not work properly. You will need to take steps for installing a thermostat if your current one is not working correctly or you simply want to upgrade to something better. Unfortunately, installing a thermostat is not as simple as plugging in a television. It requires several steps, but before you start, here are some things that you need to know beforehand:

Not all thermostats are made the same

Although they all look like aesthetically varying iterations of a square box with a temperature gauge on it, thermostats actually hold a great deal of differences that can affect what one can — or cannot — do for you.

Your thermostat needs to be compatible with your current heating system

Heating and cooling systems are no longer simple machines. They are pieces of technological hardware that use the latest electronic technology to function. Just as it is with your computer, smartphone and television, your heater and A/C will only work with very specific types of thermostats. Before you buy and start installing a thermostat, make sure that your heating and cooling system will work with it.

Your thermostat needs to be the right voltage

Voltage is another major concern that you need to take into consideration when installing a thermostat. If it is the wrong voltage, it could cause problems that range from not working at all to causing serious damage to the wires within your wall — which can be very costly to repair.

You can save money on your energy bill by installing the right type of thermostat

Thanks to modern technology, simply having a thermostat that works is not good enough. In order to get the most out of a new thermostat, you need to invest in one that automatically manages the climate within your home.

An automatic thermostat can, for instance, be set to turn the heating and cooling system off right when you leave and turn it back on right before you get home. Others allow you to manage your home’s climate remotely with your smartphone or computer.

The above benefits result in a lower energy bill, since your heating and cooling system isn’t running as often. This ultimately translates into big savings on your energy bill.

You may not have to install your thermostat at all

Even if you have the perfect thermostat, you need to take a step back and decide whether or not you need to install it yourself at all. Here are your options:

You can hire a professional for installing a thermostat

There are heating and cooling professionals who will install your thermostat for a very low price. If you aren’t confident in your ability to do the installation correctly, then you should seriously consider this option.

If you are getting a new heating and cooling system installed, you probably won’t have to install your thermostat yourself

If you are getting a new heating and cooling system installed in the very near future, then you will want to find out if thermostat installation is included. This would mean that you won’t need to worry about installing a thermostat yourself at all.

Now that you are pretty well informed about thermostats, it is time to go get one installed

Despite their small size and seemingly simple functionality, a thermostat plays a critical part in maintaining your indoor comfort. Using the information discussed above will allow you to get the installation of your new thermostat right. If you are looking for advice on the right type of thermostat for your home, give Climate Experts a call. We’d be happy to help you choose a thermostat that can help you manage your comfort and save energy.


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