If you’re one of the typical American households who pay more than $2,000 every year on energy bills, installing a smart thermostat is a great method to keep heating and cooling costs low. Although many houses rely on programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being maximized since it’s on “hold” every day.
When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s because it learns your temperature preferences and schedule, and then creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also check and raise it from just about anywhere with your smartphone.
For the average home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating costs and about 15% on cooling expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved annually, which helps it pay for itself in less two years. And the majority of utility companies provide rebate programs that help you purchase a smart thermostat for free or close to it.
When you’re getting 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 experience troubles, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a specialist like H&C Heating and Cooling help you select a new thermostat and handle 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 created its thermostat to work with many different 24-volt systems, including aging ones.
This involves heating and cooling systems that use:
- Natural gas
Before you get a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have a smooth transition. Once you’ve confirmed it’s compatible, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.
The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the largest types of home comfort systems, like heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll often need a pro like H&C Heating and Cooling to complete the in-depth wiring and setup process.
Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?
If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve probably come across info about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes your smart thermostat when it can’t pull adequate power from the other wires.
If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s likely still okay to install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to require not much power. Most of the time, this means they can work correctly without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like H&C Heating and Cooling can install a C-wire for you.
Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple
Getting a new thermostat makes it simple to manage your heating and cooling bills while keeping your home comfy. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your house, H&C Heating and Cooling can help you choose the best model for your needs and then expertly install it. Reach us at 301-960-3247 to begin right away!