There are many benefits you can realize by installing a new smart thermostat for your home HVAC system. Aside from the programmable features, the ability to control and monitor your home HVAC system remotely is above and beyond anything your current “dumb” thermostat can offer. Here are some basic beneficial features you can get from installing a new smart thermostat:
- Saving on your energy bill when properly set up
- Geofencing – this feature allows you to set a distance from your home through a smartphone app. When you travel outside of a set (by you) perimeter your thermostat will automatically go into a “home away” mode. Depending on your setting of the geofencing, your home HVAC system will shutdown or go into a setback mode.
- Alternatively, the geofencing feature will realize when you return to the inside of the set perimeter and turn your HVAC system back on. This allows the HVAC system to turn on and your home will be at a comfortable temperature upon your return.
- A smartphone app that allows you to remotely monitor the temperature in your home. You can set up an alarm so if the temperature exceeds a certain setting (e.g. freezing) then it will alert you through the app. This will prevent frozen pipes and a resulting call to a plumber to make the repair to any frozen pipes.
- The ability to program the thermostats and set settings through a smart phone app or online through a desktop or laptop. These are typically much easier and user friendly than the older programmable thermostat without remote features.
Purchasing and Installing a New Smart Thermostat
New smart thermostats are easily purchased online or at your local hardware store. You can even call your local HVAC contractor to install a new smart thermostat that they offer for sale. If you are purchasing and installing a new smart thermostat yourself, you will want to take care follow detailed instructions to be successful. It helps to have skills and basic knowledge in tools and doing this kind of work.
A basic set of tools will include a screwdriver, wire cutter pliers, and a flashlight. See High Performance HVAC Heating and Cooling for detailed instructions on how to wire a thermostat. That page gives you details that include helping you understand how to change the thermostat smoothly and efficiently. To further help you install the new smart thermostat you will want to the thermostat wiring colors code page to help you make the proper terminations from the old thermostat to the new thermostat.
Final Advice – New Smart Thermostat
One of the biggest mistakes most people make when installing a new thermostat is, they forget to turn off the power before working with the wiring. They end up touching some of the wires together and blow their control transformer. Make sure you turn the power off to your HVAC system before changing the thermostat. Another mistake they make is not having the proper tools available to complete the job properly. All the details you need to be successful are located at High Performance HVAC Heating and Cooling. Good Luck and enjoy your new smart thermostat!