5.3102.37 Controls—Thermostat Replacement

Topic: 
Hydronic Heating (Hot Water and Steam)
Subtopic: 
Equipment Installation
Desired Outcome: 
Thermostat replaced when appropriate
For supporting material, see Referenced Standards.
TitleSpecification(s)Objective(s)
5.3102.37a
Visual inspection

Thermostats will be visually located

Replacement will be recommended if a digital, programmable thermostat Programmable thermostat A thermostat designed to adjust the temperature according to a series of programmed settings that take effect at different times of the day is not present

(Note: High mass, radiant systems may or may not benefit from programmable thermostats)

Determine if existing thermostats need to be replaced

5.3102.37b
Mercury assessment

Thermostats containing mercury will be identified and disposed of in accordance with EPA EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov guidance

Protect workers and occupants from mercury exposure

5.3102.37c
Installation

Location for new thermostat will be determined in accordance with applicable codes and manufacturer's instructions

The new thermostat will be located such that it is easily accessible for control without any need for step stool or ladder to comply with Federal Fair Housing Act

Compatibility of the existing system with new thermostat will be verified (e.g., voltage, wiring, condition, location)

New thermostat will be installed

Achieve comfort and energy savings for the occupant

5.3102.37d
Testing

Heating system will be re-energized and cycled

Thermostat will be programmed to occupant's lifestyle choices

Ensure safe and efficient operation

5.3102.37e
Disposal

Removed thermostats will be disposed of in accordance with EPA EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov guidelines

Prevent mercury from entering the environment

5.3102.37f
Education

Building/property management team and operations staff and occupants will be involved in the initial programming of thermostat and educated on common settings and programming

On new installs, building/property management team and operations staff and occupants will be encouraged to save the manual and keep it accessible

Educate building/property management team and operations staff and occupant on best use