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Thermostat Installation and You!

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You’re a do-it-yourself kind of person. You’ve done your fair share of home improvements and appliance installation. You know your way around a crescent wrench. You don’t need any help when it comes to thermostat installation.

You’ve got this. You’ll be fine. Everything will be fine. No reason to panic.


Improper Thermostat Installation & How It Can Ruin Everything

Everything could go horribly wrong, but probably not in the way you’re thinking. While it’s possible to screw up the wiring that’s not the most common installation problem. The most common way people completely screw up thermostat installation is all about location, location, location.

Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold

Here are some thing you should keep in mind when you’re installing any programmable thermostat:

  • Do NOT install a thermostat on an exterior wall. If that wall is poorly insulated, your thermostat is going to think it’s either too hot or too cold. You’ll waste energy in summer and winter. Which is bad.
  • Do NOT install a thermostat where there is a steady draft. You don’t want your thermostat directly above or below a vent, since that is going to affect how it perceives interior temperature. Again, this is a recipe for wasting money.
  • Do NOT install a thermostat in direct sunlight. Ideally, you don’t want your thermostat exposed to sunlight at all. This isn’t always possible, so minimize exposure as much as possible.
  • Do NOT install a thermostat behind an obstruction like a door or bookshelf. Even though that spot might meet other thermostat installation guidelines, you’ll come to hate the inconvenience when you want to change the temp.
  • If you’re installing a smart thermostat, make sure it is in range of your home Wi-Fi network. There’s not much point in paying for smart tech if you can’t use it.

You Can Do It

Yes, it’s possible to screw up thermostat installation. However, if you follow the aforementioned guidelines, you should be just fine.

14 thoughts on “Thermostat Installation and You!”

  1. Please help me understand how to program the thermostat on my 18 seer split ac. I can be reached at 954 821 7333.

    Thank you

  2. I’m thinking about purchasing the Advantage 18,000 BTU 1.5 Ton Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner and Heat Pump (Model # A-18-HP-230A) from Home Depot. Does this model have the USB port to install Wifi up grade?

  3. Would I be able to connect my DIY Enhanced 18,000 BTU 1.5 Ton Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner and Heat Pump – 208-230V/60Hz to a third party thermostat?

    1. The Smart Controller may allow for integration with a NEST Thermostat later this year, but at the present time the DIY is not compatible with any third party thermostats.

  4. Is the thermostat in the mr cool advantage units located in the indoor unit head or in the remote control? Also do the advantage units support the hookup of 3rd party thermostats?

  5. I have two 12K DIY Mini-Splits that I would like to put on a daily on/off schedule. The smart controller app that comes with these units requires you smartphone wireless to be turned on all the time, correct? It’s the phone itself that’s controlling the unit, there’s no programmable smarts in the unit itself, correct? So this means means my phone has to be on and connected to the internet all the time, This is something I don’t want to do. I don’t want my phone to be a thermostat. What I want is a wall-mounted programmable thermostat, just like can be used on any furnace, baseboard heaters, or heat pump. Is there a wall mounted programmable thermostat that will work with the 12K DIY Minisplit Second-Gen? Thanks!

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