If you’re amid the usual American households who spends more than $2,000 every year on utility bills, installing a smart thermostat is a good method to keep energy costs managed. Although many residences use programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being maximized because it’s on “hold” permanently.
When upgrading your 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 develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also check and lower it from almost anywhere with your smartphone.
For the typical home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating bills and about 15% on cooling bills. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps the thermostat pay for itself in under 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 upgrading to a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to ensure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially true if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you might experience problems, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a specialist like Central Heating & Plumbing help you pick a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to determine if the Nest will work with your HVAC system.
Nest Works with Most Heating and Cooling Systems
The good news is that Nest designed its thermostat to work with many different 24-volt systems, including aging ones.
This involves heating and cooling systems powered by:
- Natural gas
Before you purchase a Nest, you can run the Compatibility Checker to provide an easy transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s a match, your Nest will work you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.
The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the widest range of home comfort equipment, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also runs with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll often need a pro like Central Heating & Plumbing to handle the complicated wiring and setup process.
Does the Nest Require a C-Wire?
If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve potentially come across details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire powers your smart thermostat when it can’t pull adequate power from the other wires.
If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s probably still all right to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to use little 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 weird heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like Central Heating & Plumbing can add a C-wire for you.
Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple
Upgrading your thermostat makes it easier to stay on top of your utility and cooling costs while keeping your home comfy. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Central Heating & Plumbing can help you choose the ideal model for your home and then skillfully install it. Give us a call at 724-401-1843 to get started right away!