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Nowadays, almost every homeowner is talking about their new multi-zone thermostats, and although you have a zoned home, you still have a separate thermostat for every zone. Now you are wondering what exactly a multi-zone thermostat is and what the benefits of having one installed are.  A multi-zone thermostat is a smart thermostat that controls multiple zones in your house with the help of individual smart sensors in every zone. It means that you only have one thermostat which controls all the HVAC zones individually. This is also one of the important benefits of having a multi-level thermostat – you do all the programming on only one thermostat. In this article, we’ll discuss how a multi-zone thermostat works and how it differs from a multi-zoned home with more than one thermostat. We’ll also provide a shortlist of four of the best multi-zone thermostats available. And we’ll end with short notes…

There have been more than 30 million units of smart thermostats sold in the USA since the first smart thermostat has been available in the marketplace. Millions of these units are currently still in use, with probably the most of them in home HVAC systems. Unfortunately, thermostats sometimes stop working or encounter other problems. Homeowners have two main questions. The one question is whether there are common problems causing thermostats not to work or do different brands encounter different problems. The second question is whether the issues can be solved in a DIY manner or do you have to get a professional to attend to the problems.   Most thermostats stop working or encounter problems because of common problems such as loose connections and low batteries. But there are also a few problems that are unique to specific brands or are more frequently experienced with specific brands. Fortunately, most of…

If your home’s current HVAC system is without a C or common wire and you have to replace the thermostat, you might wonder whether there are state-of-the-art smart thermostats that don’t need a C wire. Or do you have to rewire your system to add a C wire? There are thermostats that don’t need a C wire to work. Many modern thermostats work with a C wire but are designed to also work without the wire if needed. Generally, they come with a power adapter that makes it possible. Most brands such as Nest, Ecobee, Wyze, and Honeywell nowadays offer thermostats that can work without a C wire.  In this article, we list nine thermostats from seven well-known brands that can work without a C wire and briefly give the most important features of each. 1. Nest E and Nest 3 Generation Thermostats Nest 3rd Gen thermostat Check price…

When you have to replace the thermostat in your home and you don’t have HVAC or electrical experience, you might be afraid to do the wiring yourself. You don’t know which wires carry power and whether you might receive an electric shock. You are also most probably worried that you can cause damage if you wire the thermostat incorrectly.  Thermostats have hot wires, in other words, wires carrying power. But virtually all home thermostats operate on a low voltage of about 24 volts and there is little risk of electric shock. If you connect the wires incorrectly, there is a chance that damage could be done, but if you connect the wires according to the manufacturer’s instructions, it very seldom happens that the wires are connected incorrectly. In this article, we’ll briefly discuss some of the important aspects of the wiring of a thermostat. We hope this will help to…

Purchasing a new thermostat for the HVAC system in your home is not something you have to do frequently. When you then, due to circumstances, have to purchase a new thermostat you might wonder how to choose the right one. You probably have many questions such as: Is it better to compare different thermostats in detail instead of just asking a few friends their opinion? Are there specific brands to look at? What are the aspects I have to compare? Yes, you have to compare different thermostats to enable you to find the one that suits your circumstances the best. And you have to compare aspects like price, energy-saving capabilities, compatibility, and control via your smartphone.  Are there specific brands to look at? For years Ecobee and Honeywell thermostats have been trusted by clients and a comparison of their models is a good starting point. Ecobee4 Thermostat Ecobee 4 thermostat…

Your home’s White-Rodgers thermostat needs to be programmed from scratch, or you want to make changes to already existing settings. Now you wonder whether you can do the programming all by yourself or do you need an HVAC technician to come to your home to do the programming.  You don’t need a technician to program your White-Rodgers thermostat. You can do it yourself by following a few easy steps. Whether it is the first programming of the thermostat or only changes in some settings you want to make, you will be able to do it yourself. In this article, we’ll show you step by step how to program your White-Rodgers programmable thermostat. We will teach you how to program a thermostat from scratch, and also how to change an already set thermostat’s programming when needed. We will also show you what to do if your thermostat only needs a…

When you see the “Cool on” light on your Honeywell thermostat blinks you perhaps don’t know whether it is “normal” or not.  Probably you are used to seeing it blinking from time to time but now it is flashing continuously. As this flashing is now going on for a few hours, or even a few days, you start to wonder when is a blinking “Cool on” light normal and when do you have to start troubleshooting.  And if you have to troubleshoot, where do you start looking for possible causes? And if you’ve found a fault, how do you fix it? When the “Cool on” light blinks on your Honeywell thermostat, it’s not necessarily a sign that there is something that needs fixing. When the light blinks only for a few minutes and then turns off or becomes a solid light, it means your air conditioning unit has started to…

Most homeowners some or other time encounter a problem with a thermostat that keeps on resetting. Are there “typical” reasons for this and how can the issue be resolved?  The reasons why a thermostat keeps on resetting include things like burnt fuses or demand response events. Fortunately, in most cases, it is easy to find and resolve the problem and the replacement of your thermostat is only a last resort.  For your convenience, we’ll discuss the most common reasons why your thermostat keeps resetting. We’ll also offer solutions to the issues. Determine the kind of thermostat you have If your thermostat keeps resetting, you must first determine whether you have a programmable or non-programmable thermostat. There are different reasons why the two kinds of thermostats might keep on resetting, and the way to solve the problem may differ. Generally speaking, if it is a programmable thermostat, it could be on…

From time to time many users of HVAC installations experience that their system’s thermostat just suddenly stops working. Fortunately, well-known brands like Carrier has Technical Support Teams available when you encounter problems with their products.   However, when a Carrier thermostat fails, the question arises whether Carrier Technical Support has to be called out or are there ways to troubleshoot and rectify the problem by yourself. It is not always necessary to call for technical support. There are basic troubleshooting steps to follow to try and find the reason why the thermostat has stopped working. When you’ve found the problem you can in most cases rectify the problem yourself. Only when your troubleshooting inspection reveals that the thermostat or something in the HVAC system is broken, you have to call Carrier Technical Support. Source To assist you with the troubleshooting process, we’ve listed the steps to take when your HVAC…

If you’ve made the decision to purchase a 4-wire thermostat for your HVAC system, but are now wondering which brand and model will be the best, you are not alone. Many prospective thermostat buyers have the same question. We’ve looked at what is currently available in the marketplace and found at least 5 excellent 4-wire thermostats to choose from. They are available from Ecobee, Honeywell and Google Nest. For you to determine which of these 5 thermostats will be the best for you, you’ll have to look at a variety of aspects, like energy saving, compatibility, easy installation and many more. It is difficult to label a thermostat as “the best” because the circumstances where thermostats are used differ and every homeowner expects specific features from the HVAC thermostat controlling the home’s systems. And while it is relatively easy to compare “good” and “not so good” thermostats, it is difficult…