If you’re amid the typical American households who spends more than $2,000 annually on heating and cooling bills, adding a smart thermostat is a fantastic approach to keep energy expenses under control. Although most residences use programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being maximized since it’s on “hold” all the time.
When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s since it learns 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.
On average, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating costs and about 15% on cooling expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved every year, which helps it pay for itself in less two years. And the majority of utility providers 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 ensure it’s compatible with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you might experience issues, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a expert like North Mechanical Heating and Cooling help you pick a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to determine if the Nest will work 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 old ones.
This involves heating and cooling systems that use:
- Natural gas
Before you buy a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have a smooth transition. Once you’ve checked it’s a fit, your Nest will guide you through compatibility and wiring when you set it up.
The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the largest range of home comfort units, 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 likely need a professional like North Mechanical Heating and Cooling to complete the in-depth wiring and setup steps.
Does the Nest Require a C-Wire?
If you’ve looked into 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 enough power from the other wires.
If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s probably still ok to use a Nest. The company says its thermostats were designed to use not much power. In most cases, this means they can work properly without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and noticing strange heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like North Mechanical Heating and Cooling can install a C-wire for you.
Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick
Getting a new thermostat makes it a snap to manage your heating and cooling costs while keeping your house cozy. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, North Mechanical Heating and Cooling can help you choose the right model for your budget and then expertly install it. Call us at 928-263-8570 to get started right away!