If you’re amid the typical American households who pay more than $2,000 every year on utility costs, adding a smart thermostat is an excellent way to keep energy bills under control. Although the majority of homes have programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being maximized as it’s on “hold” every day.
When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s since it picks up on your temperature preferences and routine, and then develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and change it from almost anywhere with your smartphone.
On average, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating costs and about 15% on cooling bills. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps the product pay for itself in less two years. And the majority of utility providers offer 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 be sure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you could have problems, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a professional like AW Heating & Air Conditioning help you select a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to determine if the Nest can run with your HVAC system.
Nest is Compatible with the Majority of Heating and Cooling Systems
The good news is that Nest designed its thermostat to run with many different 24-volt systems, including aging ones.
This involves heating and cooling systems that run on:
- Natural gas
Before you buy a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have an easy transition. Once you’ve checked it will work, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.
The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the widest range of home comfort systems, like 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 professional like AW Heating & Air Conditioning to handle the complicated wiring and setup procedures.
Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?
If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve potentially run into information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs 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 get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to require not much power. Many times, this means they can operate normally without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing strange heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like AW Heating & Air Conditioning can add a C-wire for you.
Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy
Upgrading your thermostat makes it easier to stay on top of your energy and cooling bills while keeping your home comfy. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, AW Heating & Air Conditioning can help you find the best model for your home and then skillfully install it. Call us at 402-438-7992 to begin today!