Written by April Reinhardt (last updated December 11, 2017)
Although we rent the four-bedroom home in which we live, one of the first things my husband did to improve our energy costs was to replace the manual-dial thermostat with a new programmable thermostat. While the landlord may gain the long-term benefits of the new instrument, we profit by having to pay less for the electricity we consume. There are a myriad of advantages to using a programmable thermostat over a manual thermostat. Not only do we save energy, we also save time in that the thermostat adjusts the pre-set temperature ranges for us. Finally it also adjusts the temperature while we sleep and when we're away from home.
I watched my husband replace the thermostat and was amazed at how simple the task was. Perhaps the reason you need to replace yours is because it's broken. Or perhaps you simply wish to update to a newer model. Whatever your reasons for replacing your thermostat are, follow these simple steps and your new thermostat is going to be working in no time:
It is worth mentioning that if, after you remove the faceplate of your old thermostat, you discover that there are more than two lead wires, you may need to call a professional to install your new thermostat.
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