Important Tips for Installing a Smart Thermostat

“Smart” thermostats are a great way to update your home. These programmable devices can save you money on your electricity bill, simplify temperature control, and allow you to adjust the temperature of your home even when you’re out of the house.

When considering a smart thermostat, you will want to make sure it is installed correctly. If the device is installed incorrectly, it could cause injury or damage to property.

Here are some things to keep in mind when considering a smart thermostat.

Do I Need a Professional to Install a Smart Thermostat?

You should always consult with a professional before doing any electrical work in your home. There are many safety concerns that can arise when installing or modifying anything electric. It is especially important to consult with a professional if you have an older thermostat.

All thermostats require wires to operate efficiently and safely, but smart thermostats require an additional wire not typically needed in older thermostats. We’re talking about a C wire (that C stands for “common”). If your thermostat doesn’t already have one, you should lean on a professional to get it safely installed. Not all smart thermostats need this wire, so make sure you lean on the professional’s expertise.

The first step in installing a smart thermostat will be to get a quote. An electrician or HVAC technician will come into your home to inspect what wiring you currently have and what updates will be necessary to install a new smart thermostat. They will give you a price estimate based on what work needs to be done. You may have already bought the smart thermostat you prefer at this point, or you might ask the technician for recommendations. You will need to purchase the unit you want before installation.

Can Smart Thermostats Ruin Your Furnace?

It’s possible that an incorrectly installed smart thermostat could break your furnace or cause issues with your HVAC system. Therefore, it’s important to find a reputable installer and highly-recommended smart thermostat brand. If installed correctly, smart thermostats rarely cause any issues. Do your research before purchasing any smart thermostat to make sure it has good reviews and fits your needs.

Damage to your HVAC system is another reason to make sure to consult with a professional to make sure you have a C-wire installed. There are ways people have found to get enough power for their smart thermostats without a C-wire, but these methods can be dangerous for your home and cause damage to your furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner. Make sure you have a C-wire already installed or plan to discuss installing one with a professional if you do not.

Who Should Replace Your Thermostat? 

Only work with HVAC contractors or electricians who are respected in the community and can show that their technicians are properly certified to do the work you desire.

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