If you’re amid the average American households who spends more than $2,000 each year on heating and cooling costs, installing a smart thermostat is a great approach to keep heating and cooling costs low. Although most houses use programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being used to the full advantage since it’s on “hold” all the time.
When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s since it adjusts to your temperature preferences and routine, and then develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and lower it from nearly 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 annually, which helps the thermostat pay for itself in less two years. And many utility providers offer 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 be sure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you could experience problems, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a specialist like Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning help you choose a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to find out if the Nest is compatible with your HVAC system.
Nest is Compatible with Most Heating and Cooling Systems
The good news is that Nest made its thermostat to work with many different 24-volt systems, including aging ones.
This covers heating and cooling systems powered by:
- Natural gas
Before you purchase a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have a smooth 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 works with the largest range of home comfort systems, like heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with very energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll likely need a specialist like Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning to handle the detailed wiring and setup process.
Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?
If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve potentially found info about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs your smart thermostat when it can’t draw 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 require small amounts of power. Most of the time, this means they can work properly without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into strange heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning can install a C-wire for you.
Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple
Installing a new thermostat makes it easier to keep track of your energy and cooling expenses while keeping your house comfortable. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning can help you find the best model for your budget and then expertly install it. Call us at 402-509-5940 to get started today!