Chances are if you purchased a newer home from a contractor Aurora IL your home will come equipped with a programmable thermostat. But, what about older homes that don’t have a programmable thermostat? It is easy to install one yourself and start reaping the benefits of a programmable HVAC system.

Many homeowners like the idea of having a programmable system, as it allows for them to save on energy cost by not having their system running when they are not at home. Most systems allow for you to set the temperature to automatically change when you leave for work, and kick back on before you get home. This prevents your system from operating all day, wasting energy heating or cooling an unoccupied house.

When shopping around for a programmable thermostat, find one that provides an accurate reading, within two or three degrees of the temperature you set. This simple change will dramatically reduce your home’s efficiency and increase comfort.

Ready to install your new programmable thermostat, here are the steps you’ll need to follow:

Step 1: Disconnect and Remove Old Thermostat

Before starting, be sure to turn off the power to both the furnace and air conditioning systems. While the wires connected to your thermostat are low-voltage, they can still damage or short circuit your system, if live wires touch together during installation.

Detach all the wires from the old thermostat, there should be 4 wires in total. To prevent wires from slipping back into the wall, carefully wrap them around a pencil.

Step 2: Install New Thermostat

As when working with any electrical wires, it is critical to know which wires go together and which do not. Each terminal located on the back of a thermostat is identified by a different letter, and each wire that connects is a different color. When removing the old thermostat take note of which letter and color go together, mimic the same connection pattern with the new thermostat.

Mount the new wall plate to the wall, where the old one used to be. If the screw holes don’t line up with the new mounting plate, mark the new holes and pre-drill. Use wall anchors if necessary.

With the wall plate installed, you are now ready to attach the wires to the terminal screws, being careful to match the correct color and letters on the new unit.

Install batteries in the thermostat and snap the cover in place.

Step 3: Program the Thermostat

Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to program your new thermostat. Basic settings are the same, but a new thermostat will allow for you to set multiple pre-programmed times. This can include turning your system on or off, setting a workweek schedule, weekend schedule, and a night set-back time.

With a programmable thermostat, you no longer have to worry about remembering to manually adjust the temperature every time you leave the house. If you are currently in the process of building a new home with a contractor Aurora IL or just want to update your current home, be sure to include a programmable thermostat on your “Must Have” list!