If you’re amid the typical American households who spends more than $2,000 annually on energy costs, adding a smart thermostat is a great approach to keep utility expenses under control. Although the majority of residences have programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being used to the full advantage as it’s on “hold” all the time.
When installing a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s due to the fact it picks up on your temperature preferences and schedule, and then makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also check and adjust it from just about anywhere with your smartphone.
For the typical home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating costs and about 15% on cooling costs. That’s about $131 to $145 saved every year, which helps it pay for itself in under two years. And the majority of utility companies have 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 make sure it’s compatible with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you might have issues, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a pro like Rescue Heating & Air help you choose a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to find out if the Nest is compatible with your HVAC system.
Nest is Compatible with the Majority of Heating and Cooling Systems
The good news is that Nest created its thermostat to operate with many different 24-volt systems, including older ones.
This includes heating and cooling systems that use:
- Natural gas
Before you purchase a Nest, you can run the Compatibility Checker to provide an easy transition. Once you’ve confirmed it’s compatible, your Nest will lead you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.
The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the biggest range of home comfort equipment, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also works with highly energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a specialist like Rescue Heating & Air to do the complicated wiring and setup process.
Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?
If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve likely found details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire powers 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 all right to install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were made to consume little power. Many times, this means they can work properly without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing weird heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Rescue Heating & Air can add a C-wire for you.
Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy
Upgrading your thermostat makes it easier to manage your energy and cooling bills while keeping your house comfortable. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Rescue Heating & Air can help you choose the best model for your home and then skillfully install it. Call us at 361-265-4371 to begin right away!