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Upgrade Your Thermostat in 5 Easy Steps
As temperatures begin to drop, there's no better time for upgrading your outdated, mechanical thermostat with a programmable thermostat, which gives you the ability to set your heating system to turn on only during the hours you're home to enjoy it, for significant cost savings. Programmable thermostats can be used as direct replacements for most existing thermostats. Best of all, the upgrade process is much easier than you would imagine. Just follow the five steps described below.
|Step 1: Prepare to Remove Old Thermostat|
Start by removing the cover plate of your existing thermostat so that the wires connecting to the terminals are visible. You may only find two wires, or you may find as many as eight. The number of wires used depends on the type of HVAC system you have.
The covers of most mechanical thermostats just pop off with a screwdriver, although some are held in place with a screw or two. Note: Don't actually disconnect the wires until you complete Step 2.
You'll see that each wire has a different color. Write down which color wires are connected to which terminals, and keep the list handy. This step is important for you to connect the new thermostat correctly. Your list should look something like this:
|Step 2: List the Connections|
Don't be concerned if there are extra wires not connected to the original thermostat. It's a pretty common occurrence.
|Wire Color ||Terminal |
| Red ||R |
| White ||W |
| Green ||G |
| Yellow ||Y |
| Orange ||O |
|Step 3: Remove the Old Backboard & Install the New One|
|Turn off the power to the furnace and disconnect the wires from the terminals.
|Remove the backboard for the old thermostat (chances are that you'll need a screwdriver to do so). Once you've removed the old one, replace it with the backboard for the programmable thermostat.
|Step 4: Reconnect Wires|