Installing a thermostat may seem intimidating at first.
But it doesn't have to be that way.
I'm Megan Wolverton for CNET, and here's how to install the Honeywell Lyric Thermostat.
So, safety first.
Go to your circuit breaker and turn off your heating and cooling system.
Now you're ready to pull the faceplate off of your old thermostat.
Most of them really just pop off.
It looks like it would be really difficult, but it's pretty simple.
And then the next thing to do is to take note of the wires that you see.
The confusing part is that every wiring setup is different, but certain wires will be compatible and certain wires won't be compatible.
So it's really important to take a picture of the ones you have, and if they aren't labeled, go ahead and add labels.
So as you can see some of my wires aren't labeled.
I'm just gonna take some tape and a Sharpie and label them.
After your wires are labeled you're ready to remove the rest of the thermostat.
Unscrew it, you may have to fill in some holes or cover up any weird mismatched paint areas, but that's it.
The next step is to actually install the new thermostat, in this case the Honeywell Lyric.
Next, feed the wires through the base plate and attach the base plate to the wall.
Now you're ready to attach your wires.
Since you labeled them before, this should be really straightforward.
But I would also recommend downloading the Honeywell Lyric app at this point, and it'll show you a diagram of the setup that you need.
Unlike the Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat, the Lyric doesn't require C wires, so its installation is a lot more similar to the nest, than previous Honeywell thermostats.
And now you're basically done.
Just make sure the wires aren't gonna fall out, and snap the faceplate on, and you're done.
So, while an installation like this may seem unapproachable at first, if you have the correct wiring already, it can be a really, really simple install.
Thanks for watching.
I'm Megan Wolverton for CNET.
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