Installing Programmable Thermostats

By Todd Fratzel on Air Conditioning, Electrical, Energy Conservation

Honeywell TH6220D1028

Programmable Thermostats Save Money

Installing a programmable thermostat is a very easy home improvement project and one that could save you quite a bit of money. Installing a programmable thermostat helps save energy by automatically turning down your heat or turning up your cooling when you’re asleep or away from home.

The savings from using a programmable thermostat will depend on many factors like the type of equipment, efficiency of equipment and the overall energy efficiency of your home.

Typical savings are about one-percent per degree set-back for each eight hour period. So a five degree set-back from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am would reduce your fuel costs fiver percent.

How To Install A Programmable Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat is an easy home improvement project. The programmable thermostats cost $30 to $100 and you can buy them at any hardware store or at Amazon, Honeywell TH8320 VisionPro Multi-Stage Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat- Seven-Day Programming, Honeywell 5/2 Programmable Thermostat. Installing a programmable thermostat is as easy as:

1. Turn off service switch at boiler.
2. Pull off cover from existing thermostat.
3. Unscrew thermostat from its wall-mounted sub-base.
4. Loosen wires connected to thermostat’s sub-base.
5. Remove the old sub-base.
6. Hold sub-base of new thermostat to wall and connect red wire to “R” screw terminal, and white wire to “W” screw terminal.
7. Drill new screw-mounting holes for sub-base.
8. Push plastic wall anchors flush into holes and screw sub-base to wall.
9. Insert batteries into the thermostat and snap on the cover.
10. Turn the service switch back on.
11. Program the desired on/off time and temperature of the thermostat.

In addition make sure you follow the directions supplied with your new programmable thermostat.

How To Install Thermostat Video


About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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