Is It Possible to Replace a Regular Thermostat With a Smart Thermostat?
Smart thermostats are becoming increasingly popular as they provide many benefits compared to standard thermostats or even non-smart programmable units. If you’ve been considering a smart thermostat, you may be wondering if you can simply replace your old regular unit with a new smart unit. The answer is yes, you can absolutely replace any standard thermostat with a smart thermostat. However, despite many manufacturers claiming that this is something you can do on your own, we would never recommend it for reasons we’ll now look at. Why You Should Always Hire an HVAC Technician to Install a Smart Thermostat All thermostats are wired into the building’s electrical system and draw low-voltage power from the HVAC system. This means that trying to install or work on any type of thermostat on your own always carries with it the risk of electrocution. If not wired correctly, a smart thermostat can also draw too much current, which means you could easily fry your new unit before you ever get to use it. Another issue is that smart thermostats tend to draw quite a bit more low-voltage current than standard thermostats. If your HVAC system also has an air scrubber, whole-house humidifier or dehumidifier,...View Article Read More