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Installing a Smart Thermostat

Did you know that upgrading to a smart thermostat can save you loads of money on your energy bills each year? Now that you’ve decided to make a push toward a more energy efficient planet, beginning with your home, it’s time to get rid of that old manual thermostat. Not only can you control the temperature in your home from your smartphone, tablet or laptop – they’re quite easy to install.

Whether you got a new smart thermostat for the holidays or purchased one on your own but haven’t taken the time to install it, you’ll probably be pleased to hear how simple the installation process is. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Before disconnecting your old thermostat, it’s vital to turn off the service switch on the side of your furnace. Once you’ve completed this task, remove the faceplate from your thermostat and take a photo of the wire connections.

  2. Depending on how it was installed, you may need to use a screwdriver to disconnect the base plate and remove it from the wall.

  3. Now it’s time to attach the base plate of your smart thermostat to the wall. Screw it in using a screwdriver and then reconnect each wire to the appropriate terminal. This is where the photo of the connected wires will come in handy!

  4. Fix the thermostat to the base plate – in most cases it will snap right in.

  5. Then go back to the furnace and turn on the service switch.

  6. Follow the setup instructions on the touch-screen and voila – you’re on your way to cheaper energy bills and a more energy efficient home.

  7. Depending on the model you chose, you may need to manually set the temperature when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed for a few days until it learns your habits.

For more information or to have the job done by a professional, call on the heating and cooling experts at Uptown! Contact us at (612) 324-1004 and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook for more heating and cooling tips and tricks!

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