New thermostat

January 8, 2010 at 2:10 am 6 comments

The other day we bought a new Honeywell thermostat for our home.  The old one we had was pretty annoying to me.  The display did not light up, which was lame because I always ended up turning down the temperature after I turned off all the lights and was heading for bed.   The buttons on it were rather hard to push.  And also, if you had to lift up the cover, you had to be very careful or you could pull the thermostat right off the wall!  I also had a hunch that there was a real thermostat problem due to the way the furnace was acting.  Let’s say I woke up and turned the heat up to 70 degrees.  The heat would come on and stay on for a while until the home heated up.  But it would shut off, and then come back on 30 seconds to a minute later, for just a minute or so.  It didn’t do this all the time, but it did it frequently enough that I thought the problem may just be the thermostat.

Jeff installed the thermostat and it actually seemed quite easy!
level
Basically he just had to drill a few holes in the wall and connect some wires.  We also programmed the thermostat so now I don’t have to worry about it at all.  It’s a 5-2 type which means you can set one program for the weekdays and a separate program for the weekend.  Having it programmed should save us some money, since the heat turns down about 30 minutes before I actually go to bed, before I would just turn it down myself right before bed.  Also the problem we had before with the heat coming on briefly right after it had shut off is no longer happening.  Here is what our new thermostat looks like:
new-thermostat
We have been busy doing some other little odds and ends around the house like organizing, decorating, and of course – shoveling snow!!!  We’ve really been getting hit with snow the past several days.  (the joys of living in Northeast Ohio!)  Jeff shoveled the whole driveway the other day and I helped out by doing the walkway, stairs, and sprinkling some salt.  I think next year we’ll get a snow blower!

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  • 1. Jeff Finley  |  January 8, 2010 at 2:39 am

    Nice post sweetie, the Thermostat was easy to put in. But, you forgot to mention how it didn’t work correctly after I did!

    It was 2am and we were cold and was wondering why the heat never came on. I investigated and after some troubleshooting and guessing/checking I realized that one of the wires that I connected was confusing and I didn’t do it right. I tried it a different way and lo and behold the fan came on and it worked just fine!

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  • 2. Gina  |  January 8, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Thats great! See told you that tool kit comes in handy! Good Job Jeff!

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  • 3. Kim  |  January 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Yeah thanks Gina, we really love that tool kit! So glad it came with a level, we’ve used it a few times now.

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  • 4. Dan H.  |  January 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Nice Thermostat guys!!!!! Here is the thermostat that I am building for our house. It doesn’t light up in the dark though 😦

    http://hackaday.com/2009/03/12/thermosmart-arduino-thermostat/

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    • 5. Kim  |  January 13, 2010 at 2:52 pm

      Dan that thermostat is very cool! Of course you are building your own!! I would have no clue where to start with something like that. Good luck!

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  • 6. lanette woll  |  January 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Isn’t it fun being a homeowner? Always SOMETHING, isn’t it? Good job Jeff, the thermostat looks great! And yes, start saving up for that snowblower next year!

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