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How to install a smart thermostat

If you’re looking to save money and energy, you might want to consider investing in a smart thermostat. One cool feature is their ability to learn your habits. That way, your AC and heating system will run more efficiently, saving you more money in the long run. In less than two years, it’s possible to save enough money to cover the cost of the thermostat.* 

Don’t let the technology intimidate you. The installation process is very similar for most models, and they’re relatively easy to install. 

What you’ll need 

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

Once you have those items in hand, you’re ready to go.  

Getting started 

Here’s how to install your smart thermostat: 

Step 1: Turn off the breakers. This is a really important step for your safety. If in doubt, it’s safer to turn off the power to everything. You can always contact an HVAC professional for help with this if you’re unsure. 

Step 2: Take the faceplate off the thermostat. 

Step 3: Snap a photo of the wires on the wall. When it’s time to reconnect the wires to your new thermostat, you can refer back to the picture. Most manufacturers also offer wiring help on their websites. 

Step 4: Remove the wires and baseplate. This can be done using a small screwdriver. First, loosen the screws that are holding the wires in place. Once the wires are removed, you can unscrew the baseplate from the wall.  

Step 5: Install the new baseplate. Make sure to pull the wires through the opening on the baseplate, then put the baseplate on the wall. Use your level to make sure it’s even as you screw the baseplate in.  

Step 6: Attach the wires. Now it’s time to use the picture you took in step 3. The wires on new thermostats often don’t need to be screwed in. Simply press the button that corresponds to each colored wire, then insert the wire. It’s also a good idea to reference the instructions from the manufacturer.  

For Google Nest users, the Nest Power Connector is a simple and affordable alternative to a C-wire if your heating and cooling system needs one to power your Nest thermostat. You can install it yourself without having to add new wiring. 

Step 7: Attach the smart thermostat.  

Step 8: Flip the breakers back on and make sure your smart thermostat has power.  

Step 9: Set up your new thermostat and connect it to your Wi-Fi network.  

Step 10: Over the next couple of days, adjust the temperature to match your schedule. When you’re not at home, consider setting your thermostat a few degrees higher during the summer months or a few degrees cooler in the winter months. This will help you save on heating and cooling costs. Many smart thermostats will actually learn your habits and do this for you automatically. 

That’s it! Now you’re ready to start saving energy, which also means more money in your pocket.  

*Source: Nest

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