Thermostat Cost

How much does it cost cost to install a thermostat?

In an era with lots of technical advancements, many people are choosing to upgrade their thermostats to newer models. For this example, we'll look at the cost of installing a standard digital thermostat, which typically costs $200-$250 for a standard 2000 square foot home. Although you can hire a professional, many thermostats can be installed on your own.

Cost breakdown

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Many wireless smart thermostats 1 come with a remote for programming, but an additional remote can add around $200 to your total cost. You may also need to purchase a hub to connect the thermostat 1 with your wireless internet, which can add another $100-$200.

Additional considerations and costs

  • A built-in 2 on-unit thermostat 1 can be easier to install, which may lead to a lower overall cost, but a wall thermostat 1 tends to be more accurate.
  • The more expensive thermostats 1 can often break the home into different zones to automatically change the heat at different levels throughout the house. This is much more difficult to do with manual thermostats 1.
  • Most electronic smart thermostats 1 require a smartphone or tablet with the corresponding app installed to control the system remotely.
  • Digital and electronic thermostats 1 are the most energy efficient and can lead to energy savings in the long run.
  • Some electronic smart thermostats 1 can sync with your home security system or smoke detectors 3, allowing you to monitor everything from the same app.
  • Most thermostats 1 are compatible with central heat or central air, but if you have a less common heating system, such as gas, oil or electric, you may need to double check that your new thermostat 1 will connect to the system.
  • Some thermostats 1 allow users to program the settings every day for a week, while others apply the same settings to every day, regardless of the day of the week. Make sure you know exactly how programmable your thermostat 1 is before you buy it.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Thermostat: A device that senses and regulates temperature by turning heating and cooling devices on and off
2 Built-in: An item of furniture, such as a bookcase or set of cabinets, that is built directly into the structure of the room. Built-ins are therefore customized to the room and not detachable
3 Detectors: Device that responds to a physical event or change in the environment by emitting an output signal

Cost cost to install a thermostat varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zipcode

Compared to national average
Ashburn, VA
+14%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Baton Rouge, LA
+19%
Birmingham, AL
+6%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Brownfield, TX
-40%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Burlington, IA
+1%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Columbia, MD
+26%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Conroe, TX
+21%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Dayton, NJ
+36%
Decatur, MI
-29%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Escondido, CA
+9%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Garden Grove, CA
+20%
Haysville, KS
-16%
Hickory, NC
-24%
Hoopeston, IL
-25%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Katy, TX
+63%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Lubbock, TX
-22%
Marietta, GA
+10%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Montgomery, AL
-10%
Montgomery, TX
+27%
Nashville, TN
+21%
New York, NY
+77%
North Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Oakland, CA
+36%

Labor cost in your zipcode

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