..I installed a new thermostat in our home, this week. Yup! All by myself! For all of you handy-type DIY people (I want to be you, by the way. 🙂 ) that may not seem like a big deal, but for someone who feels pretty accomplished at something as simple as painting a room; tackling, and succeeding at, this minor electrical task was a real confidence booster! The thermostat I used, a Hunter Internet Thermostat, had a lot to do with the ease and speed with which I was able to install it. Just about ten minutes, as a matter of fact. (Yes, I’m still a little impressed with me. ) I can always count on the Hunter brand for quality.
The first step in doing any electrical project around the house is to cut the power to the area you are working in. So, I made my way to the utility room and flipped the breaker to shut off power to the furnace and central air.
Then I tracked down my pink tool bag and headed for the living room to switch out my old thermostat for the very modern, very easy to read and Internet-ready Hunter model that I had the great fortune to review. It turns out that I only needed a phillips head screw driver to accomplish this task. See! I told you it was simple.
Our old thermostat had been installed AFTER the last owners had repainted the room and since it was a different size than the original, we’ve spent the last two years living with an unpainted square around the thermostat, rather than try to figure out how to match the paint color. Is it wrong to celebrate that the new one just covers this up?
I had to take the face plate off the old thermostat to reveal the wiring and the screws to remove the back plate from the wall. I was careful to be sure that the wires were pulled well outside the hole, so they would not slide back into the wall, while I removed the old back plate.
Once the labels were affixed to each individual wire, I removed the back of the old thermostat from the wall, exposing the opening from which the wires protrude.
The Hunter Internet Thermostat made it super easy to reattach the wires. It had colored terminal clips that only needed to be lifted up to insert the wire and then clamped closed once the wire was inside.
The thermostat also came with 4 AA batteries which I installed into the spaces for them in the face plate. The batteries back up the electrical wiring in case of a power outage.
With a typical thermostat, that would be the end of it. but, this thermostat is very special. Included in the box, I found a plug and play gateway, which I plugged directly into our network router. Through this wi fi connection, I am able to use any computer or even my cell phone to control the thermostat, no matter where I am! I simply log into my account at my.hunterfan.com and I can adjust the temperature of our home, up or down, as needed. How cool is that!!?!! If you have an iPhone, you can even download an app to manage your thermostat controls. The great benefit to being able to adjust the thermostat, remotely, from any location is that I can save money on energy costs, even if I forgot to make the adjustment before leaving the house. (I can also alleviate hot flashes from another room in the house and never even alert my husband to the fact that I have changed the thermostat. Maybe this device is the one that finally solves that age-old marital conflict. 🙂 )
One lucky Busy-at-Home reader will get to put this system to good use in their own home. Hunter has graciously agreed to sponsor a giveaway for one of their Internet Thermostats to be won, by one of you! Entry is super simple. In this season of thankfulness and hope it seems appropriate to share that with others. Leave a comment on this blog post, telling me what you are most thankful for. Then register your entry on the Rafflecopter form, below. Good luck!
I received a Hunter Internet Thermostat to test it in my own home and gather information for this review. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product.