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How to Install a Programmable Thermostat

Learn how to install a programmable thermostat with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

A programmable thermostat is a great way to save money and conserve energy–two things we’re all concerned about these days. Depending on the model you buy, you can program day and night temperatures, and even a setting for every day of the week. You’ll be more comfortable with your heating and cooling bill, too. Read the the instructions with the new unit before starting the installation. Manufacturer instructions may vary for each model. Follow these basic steps from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Installing a Programmable Thermostat:

How to Install a Programmable Thermostat
Save money and conserve energy with a programmable thermostat. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help you install one.

1. Turn off the power supply to the thermostat. Remove the old thermostat, including the wall plate.

2. Your thermostat will have two or four wires depending on whether your heating and cooling systems are separate or one unit. Label the wires, noting where they were attached on the old thermostat. Secure them (tie into a loop or tape them to the wall) to keep them from falling back into the wall.

3. Install the new wall plate, if there is one. You may need to drill new holes for the new model. Use a level to mark where the holes are to be drilled. Use drywall anchors, if necessary.

4. Connect the wires as directed by the instructions that come with your particular unit. Follow these instructions carefully. Install batteries, if needed.

5. Mount the unit to the wall plate. Restore power and program the new thermostat as directed. If you come home at 5 pm, make sure your heat kicks back on around 4:30 pm so it’s nice and toasty when you walk in the door. And breath easy that you didn’t keep an empty home too warm while you were away.

Installing a programmable thermostat is just one way to conserve energy and save money. For more tips on going green, visit the Blain’s Farm & Fleet blog.

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