If you’re amid the typical American households who pay more than $2,000 each year on heating and cooling bills, adding a smart thermostat is a great way to keep heating and cooling bills managed. Although the majority of residences rely on programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being made the most of as it’s on “hold” permanently.
When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s since it picks up on your temperature preferences and activities, and then makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and adjust it from almost anywhere with your smartphone.
On average, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating bills and about 15% on cooling bills. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps the thermostat pay for itself in less two years. And many utility businesses provide rebate programs that help you purchase a smart thermostat for free or close to it.
When you’re upgrading to a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to make sure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you might have troubles, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a expert like Air Temperature Control help you choose a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to figure out if the Nest is compatible with your HVAC system.
Nest Runs with Most Heating and Cooling Systems
The good news is that Nest designed its thermostat to run with many different 24-volt systems, including older ones.
This involves heating and cooling systems powered by:
- Natural gas
Before you purchase a Nest, you can run the Compatibility Checker to ensure a simple transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s a match, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.
The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the widest range of home comfort units, like heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with very energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll likely need a professional like Air Temperature Control to complete the detailed wiring and setup steps.
Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?
If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve likely run into information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs your smart thermostat when it can’t get enough power from the other wires.
If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s probably still okay to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to consume small amounts of power. In most cases, this means they can run correctly without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Air Temperature Control can install a C-wire for you.
Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy
Getting a new thermostat makes it easier to keep track of your utility and cooling costs while keeping your house comfortable. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Air Temperature Control can help you choose the ideal model for your needs and then expertly install it. Call us at 478-202-3170 to get started right away!