If you’re amid the average American households who pay more than $2,000 every year on energy bills, installing a smart thermostat is a great method to keep energy bills managed. Although many homes use programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being made the most of since it’s on “hold” every day.
When upgrading your 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 check and adjust it from just about anywhere with your smartphone.
For the average home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating bills and about 15% on cooling expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved every year, which helps the thermostat pay for itself faster than two years. And many utility companies 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 be sure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially true if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you might experience issues, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a specialist like Precision Mechanical help you select a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to determine if the Nest will work with your HVAC system.
Nest Runs with the Majority of Heating and Cooling Systems
The good news is that Nest created its thermostat to run with many different 24-volt systems, including old ones.
This includes heating and cooling systems powered by:
- Natural gas
Before you buy a Nest, you can run the Compatibility Checker to provide a simple transition. Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, your Nest will guide you through compatibility and wiring when you set it up.
The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the widest number of home comfort equipment, 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 typically need a pro like Precision Mechanical to handle the detailed wiring and setup procedures.
Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?
If you’ve done research on the Nest, you’ve likely come across info about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes your smart thermostat when it can’t pull ample 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 designed to use not much power. Most of the time, this means they can operate correctly without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like Precision Mechanical can install 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 expenses while keeping your residences comfortable. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Precision Mechanical can help you find the ideal model for your home and then skillfully install it. Reach us at 605-206-3766 to get started today!