If you’re amid the usual American households who pay more than $2,000 annually on heating and cooling bills, installing a smart thermostat is an excellent method to keep utility bills low. Although the majority of houses rely on programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being maximized as it’s on “hold” all the time.
When installing a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s since it learns your temperature preferences and routine, and then develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and lower it from almost anywhere with your smartphone.
For the typical home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating costs and about 15% on cooling bills. That’s about $131 to $145 saved every year, which helps the thermostat pay for itself faster than two years. And many 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 make sure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you may experience problems, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a expert like Street Heating and Cooling help you choose a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to figure out if the Nest will work 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 run with many different 24-volt systems, including aging ones.
This involves heating and cooling systems that run on:
- Natural gas
Before you get a Nest, you can run the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have a smooth transition. Once you’ve double-checked it will work, your Nest will guide you through compatibility and wiring when you set it up.
The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the biggest range of home comfort units, such as heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also runs with highly energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll likely need a professional like Street 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 likely run into info about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs your smart thermostat when it can’t get adequate power from the other wires.
If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s usually still ok to install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were designed to require not much power. In most cases, this means they can run normally without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Street Heating and Cooling can add a C-wire for you.
Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy
Installing a new thermostat makes it a snap to stay on top of your heating and cooling expenses while keeping your residences cozy. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Street Heating and Cooling can help you choose the best model for your home and then expertly install it. Call us at 605-206-3915 to get started now!