World of Smart Thermostats

I’m sure you’ve seen a thermostat in your house, you know it’s that thing that has a temperature and makes your home get warmer or colder. Some people usually don’t mess around with them too much but I decided to buy into it and get an Ecobee 3 Smart Thermostat for my home. I know what you’re probably thinking, what’s the big deal with a “Smart Thermostat,” how could it possibly be any easier when you could press a button to turn the heat on or off.

Let me start from the beginning.

So the first thing I needed to do was rip off my old thermostat to see the different wires it had connected.

Please note to turn off all power to Furnace and A/C, you don’t want to get electrocuted doing this.

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When I first did this I had no idea what any of it meant. All I knew was that if someone else could do it, there was no reason I couldn’t do it myself. As you can see there were red (RH), white (W), yellow (Y), and green (G) wires connected. The RH was connected by the red wire, as well as another connector wire that connected it to the RC. There was also a bundle of wires that had been cut. The one thing I knew was that my thermostat didn’t have a C wire (Power) since it had a battery. So I went down to my Furnace and took it all apart and found the wires.

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From here I decided to strip the blue wire and connect it to the C terminal. (I still don’t know why another set white and red wires were here but I just left them)

Then I connected all the wires on the new thermostat. It was pretty simple at this point and the Ecobee 3 instructions were more than easy to follow.

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Then I put the thermostat together, connected it to my wi-fi network and downloaded the iPhone app.

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And let me tell you this thing is beyond amazing. It’s one of those things where you didn’t know you needed it until you saw how it works.

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It detects in what room people are, and the more sensors you set up the more it can make your home comfortable. You can also set up a schedule for when you are away from home and instead of always heating to 70 or 72, it will only heat to 65, and when you’re home it will warm it up.

My favorite part by far is how you can activate heating or cooling or set any temperature setting, all with your iPhone no matter where you are. It makes the environment in my home that much easier to control and it’s definitely energy-efficient so I can’t wait to save on those bills!

So what do you think about smart thermostats if you have one? Or what’s holding you back from getting one?

If you have any questions email me at simpletechlifeblog@gmail.com

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