Installing a Smart Thermostat (All By Myself!)

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February 13, 2018

Suzanne HilkerStaff Writer

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I bought my husband a Nest learning thermostat for his birthday, and I promised that I was going to install it myself. However, that was a year ago.

With the extreme Minnesota weather, every time I thought about taking it out of the box, it was deemed either too hot or too cold to turn off our heating and cooling system, you know, “just in case” I messed something up.

Well, no more excuses. I decided to get it done.

I was a little overwhelmed at the thought of installing smart technology in my house, but after watching this video, I knew I could do it. Here are a few tips:

  1. Before you start, check that the wires to your current thermostat are compatible with the Nest.
  2. Use the stickers that are included for the wires — it will help keep you organized.
  3. After you disconnect the wires from the old thermostat, wrap them around something like a pencil so they don’t fall into the wall.

After successfully installing the Nest (and cheering for myself), I spent about 10 minutes following the steps to connect to Wi-Fi and get it set up.

What I didn’t mention yet, is needing to fix the holes in my wall where the big, square thermostat took up residence. I could have used the metal trim plate that was included, but I wanted that slick look of the circular Nest right on my wall. This is the part that took me the longest (mostly searching my basement for the leftover paint).

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So from start to finish, it took me about 2 hours. If I can do it, anyone can. Now, I have a little more sustainability street cred and a little more confidence in my handy-woman abilities. And let’s be honest, the Nest looks cool in my house, too.

I plan to keep a close eye on my utility bill, and I’m excited to see how much it will go down. Because Nest is ENERGY STAR® certified, I know it will help save me energy and money. And here’s another tip: Best Buy has a rebate finder where you can check to see if your utility company offers a rebate for buying a smart thermostat.

Learn more about smart home products on BestBuy.com, or stop by a local store and talk to an expert.

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