If you’re one of the usual American households who spends more than $2,000 annually on energy costs, getting a smart thermostat is a great method to keep heating and cooling costs managed. Although most residences rely on programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being maximized because it’s on “hold” all the time.
When installing a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s due to the fact 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 almost 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 the thermostat pay for itself in less two years. And most utility providers provide rebate programs that help you install a smart thermostat for free or close to it.
When you’re getting a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to make sure it’s compatible with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you could experience problems, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a specialist like A&M Heating & Cooling LLC help you select a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to find out if the Nest can run with your HVAC system.
Nest Works with Many Heating and Cooling Systems
The good news is that Nest created its thermostat to operate with many different 24-volt systems, including aging ones.
This covers heating and cooling systems that use:
- Natural gas
Before you purchase a Nest, you can run the Compatibility Checker to ensure an easy transition. Once you’ve checked it’s a fit, your Nest will lead you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.
The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the widest types 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 likely need a professional like A&M Heating & Cooling LLC to handle the detailed wiring and setup steps.
Does the Nest Require a C-Wire?
If you’ve done research on the Nest, you’ve likely run into information 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 okay to install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were designed 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 noticing weird heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like A&M Heating & Cooling LLC can add a C-wire for you.
Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple
Upgrading your thermostat makes it a snap to manage your heating and cooling costs while keeping your home comfortable. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, A&M Heating & Cooling LLC can help you find the right model for your needs and then professionally install it. Call us at 520-200-1048 to start today!