If you’re one of the typical American households who pay more than $2,000 each year on energy bills, getting a smart thermostat is a great approach to keep utility costs managed. Although most homes rely on programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being made the most of because it’s on “hold” every day.
When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s since it adjusts to your temperature preferences and activities, and then develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also keep an eye on it and raise it from almost anywhere with your smartphone.
On average, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating expenses and about 15% on cooling costs. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps the thermostat pay for itself in less two years. And most utility companies provide rebate programs that help you get a smart thermostat for free or close to it.
When you’re installing a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to be sure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you may have issues, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a professional like Custom Air Systems Inc help you pick a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to figure out if the Nest will work with your HVAC system.
Nest Runs with Many Heating and Cooling Systems
The good news is that Nest designed its thermostat to run with many different 24-volt systems, including aging ones.
This includes heating and cooling systems powered by:
- Natural gas
Before you get a Nest, you can put your details into the Compatibility Checker to provide a smooth transition. Once you’ve checked it’s a match, your Nest will lead you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.
The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the biggest range of home comfort units, including 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 Custom Air Systems Inc to do the complicated wiring and setup process.
Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?
If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve probably come across information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs your smart thermostat when it can’t pull 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 made to require small amounts of power. Most of the time, this means they can work normally without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and noticing weird heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Custom Air Systems Inc can put in a C-wire for you.
Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick
Installing a new thermostat makes it simple to keep track of your energy and cooling expenses while keeping your home cozy. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Custom Air Systems Inc can help you select the best model for your home and then skillfully install it. Call us at 772-247-2283 to get started today!