If you’re among the usual American households who pay more than $2,000 annually on energy bills, adding a smart thermostat is a good method to keep utility expenses under control. Although the majority of houses rely on programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being maximized as it’s on “hold” permanently.
When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s because it learns your temperature preferences and activities, and then creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also check and raise it from just about anywhere with your smartphone.
On average, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating bills and about 15% on cooling costs. That’s about $131 to $145 saved annually, which helps it pay for itself in less two years. And the majority of 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 will work with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you might experience problems, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a specialist like Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning help you choose a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to find out if the Nest is compatible with your HVAC system.
Nest Runs with Many Heating and Cooling Systems
The good news is that Nest created its thermostat to operate with many different 24-volt systems, including old ones.
This covers heating and cooling systems that run on:
- Natural gas
Before you get a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have a simple transition. Once you’ve confirmed it’s a fit, your Nest will guide you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.
The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the largest range of home comfort equipment, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also runs with very energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll often need a professional like Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning to complete 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 probably come across details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes your smart thermostat when it can’t draw ample power from the other wires.
If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s usually still all right to use a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to use small amounts of power. Many times, this means they can run correctly without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and noticing strange heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning can put in a C-wire for you.
Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy
Upgrading your thermostat makes it simple to stay on top of your utility and cooling bills while keeping your residences comfy. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning can help you find the right model for your home and then professionally install it. Reach us at 360-255-5857 to begin now!