If you’re a do it yourself homeowner, you may have bought and installed your own thermostat for heating and cooling. Did you know? Thermostats you purchase at the big box stores are not the same quality and grade we use for our customers.
As an HVAC contractor we are able to purchase contractor grade thermostats that generally have a five year warranty and are higher quality. This isn’t to say the box store thermostat you bought isn’t good for your home. There are plenty of great options.
Here are tips for selection and installation of the right thermostat for your home:
- Type of HVAC System: The type of thermostat depends on the type of system you have at your home. The most common are heat pump or gas heat. Some thermostats are universal so it important to check the box before purchasing.
- Programmable: Most people choose a programmable thermostat to help manage energy costs. Cool the home when rates are off-peak to save money. There are now thermostats that can be accessed through an app. You can turn the fan on and off and manage the temperature of your home right from your cell phone!
- Installation: This may surprise you – We recommend* not looking at the installation instructions for wiring. Simply take a picture of the old thermostat and install the new one the same way. Remember to turn off the air handler before beginning uninstall and re-install.
*If the new thermostat has a C terminal and the old one did not, you need to call us for assistance. Please turn off the breaker to the air handler. If the unit is on the roof, please turn off the entire unit before starting any installation and especially of the old thermostat had a C terminal.
At John’s Refrigeration we want you to feel comfortable breathing clean air in your home. Should you have questions about your HVAC unit or the thermostat installation, please do not hesitate to give us a call!