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Installing and Programming your Thermostat

Here are tips for installaing and programming the energySMART programmable thermostat:

Installation Tips

  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
  • This is a low voltage wiring installation, so be sure to shut off your electricity during installation.
  • Install on an interior wall, away from any heating or cooling vents and other sources of heat or drafts.
  • If you're replacing a thermostat that has a mercury switch, be careful not to break the tube that holds this toxic substance.  Do not place an old unit containing mercury in the trash.  Contact your local recycling center or waste management authority for advice on properly disposing of any mercury.
  • Call White Rogers at 888.725.9797 with additional questions about mercury recycling.

Thermostat Settings

Use the pre-programmed ENERGY STAR® settings as a guide and adjust them as needed for your family's comfort. The pre-programmed settings for an ENERGY STAR qualified programmable thermostat are provided below:

Setting

Time

Temp. (Heat)

Temp. (Cool)

Wake

6:00 AM

< 70° F

> 78°F

Day

8:00 AM

Set back at least 8° F

Set up at least 7° F

Evening

6:00 PM

< 70° F

> 78°F

Sleep

10:00 PM

Set back at least 8° F

Set up at least 4° F

 

Maximizing your Programmable Thermostat

  • Keep the temperature set at energy-saving levels for long periods (8+ hours) and aim for temperature changes of at least seven degrees between time periods for maximum energy savings.
  • Avoid using the override or "hold" function frequently or for long periods.  If you use this function frequently, consider adjusting your settings to better suit your family's lifestyle.
  • Avoid adjusting the temperature to extremes to heat or cool a space quickly.  A programmable thermostat is designed to begin heating or cooling in advance of a set time to reach the desired temperature by the set time.
  • Don't forget to replace the batteries. Consider changing your batteries when you adjust your clocks for daylight savings time in the spring or fall.

If you need more assistance, call White Rodgers Homeowner Thermostat Programming Live Support Hotline at 800.284.2925 between 8AM-4PM ET.