If you’re amid the usual American households who pay more than $2,000 every year on utility bills, adding a smart thermostat is a fantastic method to keep utility expenses managed. Although most houses rely on programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being maximized as it’s on “hold” permanently.
When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s due to the fact it learns 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.
For the typical home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating expenses and about 15% on cooling bills. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps the product pay for itself in less two years. And many utility businesses provide rebate programs that help you install 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 essential if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you could experience troubles, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a pro like Olde Towne Heating & Air help you choose a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to determine if the Nest is compatible with your HVAC system.
Nest Works with the Majority of Heating and Cooling Systems
The good news is that Nest designed its thermostat to operate with many different 24-volt systems, including older ones.
This includes heating and cooling systems powered by:
- Natural gas
Before you buy a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have a smooth transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s a match, your Nest will guide you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.
The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the largest range of home comfort systems, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with highly energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a professional like Olde Towne Heating & Air to complete the in-depth wiring and setup procedures.
Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?
If you’ve done research on the Nest, you’ve potentially found info about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes your smart thermostat when it can’t draw ample power from the other wires.
If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s usually still ok to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were designed to require little power. Many times, this means they can run correctly without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and noticing odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Olde Towne Heating & Air can put in a C-wire for you.
Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick
Getting a new thermostat makes it easier to keep track of your energy and cooling costs while keeping your home cozy. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Olde Towne Heating & Air can help you select the right model for your budget and then professionally install it. Give us a call at 843-485-0967 to begin now!