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Can I Install a Thermostat Myself or Should I Hire a Professional?

Thermostat installation

Upgrading your home with a new programmable thermostat or a smart thermostat is a small change that can have a big impact on your home. However, usually thermostats are plugged directly into the wall. If you’re not familiar with wires and HVAC systems, you might want to consider calling a professional heating and cooling company such as Energy Savers to save you the hassle on your smart thermostat install.

Why You Should Have a Smart Thermostat Installed

Smart thermostats are the latest trend in smart house technology, and it’s easy to see why. Upgrading to a smart or programmable thermostat will be a big improvement for your home.

Programmable and smart thermostats have the potential to save you lots of money on your heating and cooling costs. For every degree you lower your thermostat, you can expect a 1% drop in your utility bill, according to the Department of Energy. You can set schedules on your thermostat to lower or raise the temperature in your house. Your thermostat can turn the temperature down when you leave for work, and then raise the temperature when you come home. For that time you’re not home, you’re saving money on your energy bill.

Getting a Smart Thermostat Installed includes all the features of a programmable thermostat, plus some new ones. Your smart thermostat is connected to your Wi-Fi, so you can change your heating and cooling schedule from your phone or with a virtual assistant. Have you ever wanted to ask Alexa to turn up the heat a degree or two? With a smart thermostat, you can! Smart thermostats are great for those who don’t stay in their house all year long, but want to be able to monitor the heat in their vacation home from afar.

Installing a Thermostat Yourself

Before you take your old thermostat off the wall, think about if you’re happy with the placement of your thermostat. If you’re satisfied with the location of your current thermostat, installing a smart thermostat yourself isn’t a very difficult task. You will have to disconnect the power to the HVAC system before you start.

If you remove the thermostat and find only 2 wires, then it’s not directly wired to a power source. This means that your new thermostat will need to run on batteries. If you find more than two wires, chances are it is directly wired, and you’ll need to make some connections to make your new thermostat work. If connecting wires is not something you’re comfortable with, then call a professional.

Hiring a Professional to Install Your Thermostat

Are the rooms in your house colder than the thermostat setting? This could be a sign that your thermostat needs to be moved. If your thermostat is too close to the furnace or in a particularly sunny room, it could be causing incarnate temperature readings. Your thermostat takes the temperature of the room and tells the HVAC system what the temperature is. If this room heats up faster than any other room in the house, then you’ll want to move your thermostat to a different room.

If you want to have your smart thermostat installed in a different room, it’s best to call the professionals at Energy Savers. You’ll need to run new wires to that room and drill new holes for your thermostat. If you install it yourself, you run the risk of ruining your heating and cooling system’s performance by installing the wiring incorrectly, or getting electrocuted. Some smart thermostat manufacturers will void a thermostat’s warranty if an HVAC professional doesn’t perform the thermostat installation, so be sure to read the fine print.

Ensure Your Thermostat Is Installed Right the First Time by Calling Energy Savers

Ensure that your installation was done properly with the help from the HVAC Service professionals at Energy Savers. We can have your smart or programmable installed quickly and correctly the first time. With years of experience, we have the expertise to upgrade your HVAC system into the future. Contact Energy Savers for smart thermostat installation today.

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