Time to Replace a Worn Out Thermostat?
At Feder, we believe you should feel comfortable in your own skin and your own home. One of the most important aspects of maintaining that sense of comfort is achieving an ideal temperature indoors—all it takes is just one degree to throw off your whole system!
Maintaining your home’s ideal temperature begins with a quality, properly installed thermostat.
Call us at 507-642-3522 or contact us for thermostat installation you can count on.
Choosing the Right Thermostat for Installation in Your Home
Thermostat selection plays a big role in the function of your home’s HVAC systems. Homeowners have many options to choose from when selecting a thermostat—from traditional to programmable, smart thermostats and more. To begin the selection process, homeowners should identify what type of HVAC system they have. Based on mode of operation, two types of thermostats exist:
- Line voltage thermostats: used to regulate systems that use electricity to heat homes: baseboard heating, for example.
- Low voltage thermostats: used to regulate systems that rely on central furnaces, boilers, or heat pumps.
Once you’ve identified what type of heating system you have, and therefore what type of thermostat you need, select a thermostat with the functionality that will work best for your family.
Modern thermostats come in three major types:
- Manual Thermostats
Manual thermostats are the most basic on the market. They are not programmable or Wi-Fi enabled. They are the least expensive type of thermostat and are a reliable choice for homeowners who wish to manually adjust the temperature of their home.
- Programmable Thermostats
Programmable thermostats allow homeowners to pre-schedule adjustments in temperature throughout the day—for example, reducing the temperature at night when occupants are sleeping, or during the day when they’re at work. Programming is manual. The number of changes that can be programmed throughout the day or week depends on the make and model of the thermostat.
- Smart Thermostats
Smart thermostats are the newest and most innovative type of thermostat available to homeowners. They’re called “smart” because they adapt to the needs of your home—adjusting the temperature when they sense activity or a lack thereof. Many models are Wi-Fi enabled and can be adjusted using a smartphone app. Some are even voice-control enabled.
Additional features available on modern thermostats include:
- Indicator lights
- Vacation mode
- LED and touch screen controls
- Night mode
How to Install a Thermostat
Thermostat installation instructions will vary slightly by the make and model of the new thermostat. In general, thermostat replacement and thermostat installation will require some general tools and a basic knowledge of carpentry.
Tools you’ll need:
- A screwdriver with a tip that matches both the existing and new screws
- Wood or drywall screws
- Masking tape
- New thermostat
- Power drill (potentially needed for drilling additional pilot holes)
Follow these instructions (in conjunction with any manufacturer-specific instructions) to install your new thermostat:
- Turn off the power to your HVAC system (heater or furnace, air conditioner, etc.)
- Remove the existing thermostat from the wall
- Disconnect the wires from the back of the thermostat and carefully label which wire is which
- Connect the new thermostat to the wires protruding from the wall
- Mount the thermostat to the wall using the included hardware
- Power on your new thermostat and set accordingly
Why Is Thermostat Replacement Important?
Replacing your existing thermostat with a new programmable or smart thermostat may seem like an unnecessary investment, but before writing it off, take into consideration the potential for valuable energy savings.
Replacing your old-fashioned manual thermostat means you’ll be able to control how much your HVAC systems run, keeping your house at an even temperature while you’re home, and turning your heater or AC off or down while you’re asleep or away.
According to energy.gov, dialing back your HVAC system 7-10 degrees for eight hours a day (when your family is away or asleep) can save 10 percent on your heating and cooling costs for the year.
Choose Feder Thermostat Replacement and Thermostat Installation Services
Need help choosing or installing the right thermostat for your home?
Our HVAC experts understand the importance of selecting a thermostat that meets your family’s needs. Your local Feder technician can help you understand all your options and professionally install your new thermostat, and even help you program it for optimal efficiency and comfort.
Call us at 507-642-3522 or contact us for for thermostat replacement and thermostat installation you can count on.