Typically when we sleep, temperatures in the house can dip down to 60-62F and we are still comfortable under the covers. When we rise in the morning, the temp should be around 66-68 F otherwise getting out of bed is not very tempting. Leaving for work or play? Have the heat ramp down to 60 till you get home in the evening. If you have a temperature sensitive pet, make sure they have an area where they can keep warm during the day. Coming home to a house that's comfortable temperature makes returning home that more enjoyable.
Here are some simple instructions for swapping out your old baseboard heat thermostats.
Turn off power at circuit breaker
Turn up thermostat to make sure the heater does not turn on
Use current sniffer / Volt alert tool to make doubly sure power is off.
Remove the old thermostat, typically only need a blade screw driver.
Note: Most homeowners do not remove the thermostats when painting. While you have the thermostat(s) off the wall, apply paint that matches the walls around the thermostat. Home stores will match the paint, just bring them a chip. Use a hair dryer to have it completely dry in a few minutes so you can get to the main task at hand. Painting around thermostats can be done, but often it gives you a very unprofessional looking result.
Wire the outer two wires to the black wires coming from the heater, wire the inner red to the neutral (white wire) coming from the heater.
Use wire nuts and make sure to use good quality electrical tape to secure wire nuts. (Baseboard heat due to it's cycling will cause wires to come loose easily through thermal contraction and expansion. Apply the tape and wrap it counter clockwise to make sure the wire nut will not come loose inside of the wall box.
Many job boxes are small, so take care to place the wires back into them carefully, I like to use the end of a screw driver for the final push to make sure they are pressed inall the way.
Do one last visual check on the wires to make sure none fall out or have become loose.
Screw on the baseplate of the new thermostat.
Install the 9V battery and program the unit based on your schedule and your requirements for the room.
Switch the heat slider on the right side of the unit to on, then place the control portion onto the base module.
Turn the breakers back on and then make sure the heater turns on properly, if not you have something mis-wired and will have to try again. (The usual culprit, is that you wired the inner black wire instead of the outer black wire.)
I have had good results with the LUX ELV4 unit. PPL electric will give you a 100% rebate on these units (save your reciept) up to $50 each. So take advantage of this offer while it lasts.