If you’re one of the typical American households who shell out more than $2,000 each year on heating and cooling bills, installing a smart thermostat is a great approach to keep heating and cooling expenses low. Although the majority of homes use programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being used to the full advantage as it’s on “hold” every day.
When installing a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s since it picks up on your temperature preferences and activities, and then creates 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 quicker than two years. And most utility businesses provide rebate programs that help you get a smart thermostat for free or close to it.
When you’re upgrading to 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 might have issues, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a pro like Integrity AC & Heating LLC help you pick 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 Works with the Majority of 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 put your details into the Compatibility Checker to ensure a smooth transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s compatible, your Nest will lead you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.
The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the largest types of home comfort systems, such as 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 Integrity AC & Heating LLC to complete the in-depth 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 energizes your smart thermostat when it can’t get ample power from the other wires.
If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s probably still all right to install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to consume not much power. In most cases, this means they can run normally without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and noticing strange heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like Integrity AC & Heating LLC can put in a C-wire for you.
Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple
Getting a new thermostat makes it simple to manage your energy and cooling costs while keeping your residences comfortable. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Integrity AC & Heating LLC can help you choose the best model for your home and then professionally install it. Give us a call at 602-971-0567 to get started right away!