Where to Install a House Thermostat

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Thermostats are found in most residential properties. However, if you are building a new house, want to replace an old thermostat or simply want to relocate an existing thermostat then you will need to figure out where you want to install it. Installing a thermostat is a relatively easy process and requires the use of a few tools such as Phillips head screwdriver , pencil or wire hanger , new thermostat and mounting plate, mounting screws, digital camera (if needed), tape, marker and a level.

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The best place to install a thermostat is on an interior wall that is about five feet up from the floor. You should also be sure to place the thermostat away from direct sunlight or drafts because it could affect the thermostat's temperature reading.

Installing the Thermostat

The first thing that you should do when installing a thermostat is to turn off the breaker switches to the furnace and the air conditioner. If these are not switched off you could either blow a fuse or shock yourself. If you are installing a thermostat for the first time you should run the wires to your designated location and push the wires between the dry wall. A small hole should be drilled where the thermostat is so that you can pull the wires out using a wire hanger. Once the wires are out the mounting plate should be put on and using the level make sure the plate is perfectly level before you drill holes to place the dry wall screws. You will then insert batteries into the new thermostat and snap on the cover. Once in place you can switch the breaker back on and test the thermostat by adjusting both the air conditioner and heater. If both the air conditioner and heater work properly set your thermostat to the desired temperature and you are finished.

If you are replacing an old thermostat with a new one be sure that you either take a picture of the wires on the old mounting plate or mark the wires with tape and a marker and write the correct letter on each wire to make sure that you have correctly lined the wires up for easy installation with the new thermostat. Once the wires are marked then unscrew and remove the old mounting plate and insert replace it with the new one. Screw in the new mounting plate and use the level tool to be sure that it is perfectly level. Connect the wires according to their letters. Once the proper wires are in place put the new cover on and turn on the air-conditioning and heater breakers. Check the thermostat to be sure that it is working properly. If the thermostat does not work then turn the breaker back off and check the wires to make sure they are properly placed and try again.


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