If you’re one of the average American households who spends more than $2,000 annually on heating and cooling bills, installing a smart thermostat is a fantastic method to keep energy bills managed. Although the majority of residences have programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being used to the full advantage as it’s on “hold” all the time.
When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s since it adjusts to your temperature preferences and activities, and then creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and lower it from nearly anywhere with your smartphone.
For the average home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating expenses and about 15% on cooling expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved every year, which helps it pay for itself in under two years. And most utility providers provide rebate programs that help you purchase a smart thermostat for free or close to it.
When you’re getting a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to make sure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially true if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you may experience troubles, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a specialist like Marcos AC & Heating help you select a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to find out if the Nest can run with your HVAC system.
Nest Runs with Most Heating and Cooling Systems
The good news is that Nest created its thermostat to work with many different 24-volt systems, including aging ones.
This covers heating and cooling systems that run on:
- Natural gas
Before you get a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to ensure an easy transition. Once you’ve confirmed it’s compatible, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.
The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the biggest types of home comfort units, like heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a professional like Marcos AC & Heating to handle 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 details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire powers your smart thermostat when it can’t pull enough 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 require small amounts of power. In most cases, this means they can operate correctly without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and noticing strange heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like Marcos AC & Heating can install a C-wire for you.
Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick
Getting a new thermostat makes it easier to manage your heating and cooling expenses while keeping your house cozy. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Marcos AC & Heating can help you choose the ideal model for your needs and then expertly install it. Give us a call at 713-469-3357 to start now!