If you’re amid the typical American households who shell out more than $2,000 each year on utility bills, getting a smart thermostat is a great way to keep heating and cooling expenses low. Although the majority of residences have programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being made the most of since it’s on “hold” all the time.
When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s due to the fact it learns your temperature preferences and activities, and then develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also check and adjust 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 expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved annually, which helps the thermostat pay for itself in under two years. And the majority of utility companies provide rebate programs that help you purchase 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 older. If it’s not, you may run into troubles, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a pro like I-Deal HVAC help you select a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to figure out if the Nest can run with your HVAC system.
Nest Works with Most Heating and Cooling Systems
The good news is that Nest designed its thermostat to run with many different 24-volt systems, including old ones.
This includes heating and cooling systems that run on:
- Natural gas
Before you buy a Nest, you can run the Compatibility Checker to provide a simple transition. Once you’ve double-checked it will work, your Nest will guide you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.
The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the biggest range of home comfort units, such as heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also works with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a pro like I-Deal HVAC to handle the in-depth wiring and setup steps.
Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?
If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve likely run into details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes 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 created to consume little power. Most of the time, this means they can run correctly without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and noticing weird heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like I-Deal HVAC can put in a C-wire for you.
Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy
Installing a new thermostat makes it a snap to stay on top of your energy and cooling bills while keeping your house comfy. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, I-Deal HVAC can help you select the best model for your budget and then skillfully install it. Give us a call at 505-445-1250 to start now!