If you’re amid the usual American households who shell out more than $2,000 annually on energy costs, getting a smart thermostat is a good approach to keep energy costs under control. Although the majority of residences have programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being maximized because it’s on “hold” all the time.
When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s due to the fact it learns your temperature preferences and schedule, 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 bills and about 15% on cooling expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved annually, which helps the product pay for itself in less two years. And the majority of utility businesses provide rebate programs that help you get a smart thermostat for free or close to it.
When you’re getting a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to ensure 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 erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a professional like Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning help you select a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to determine if the Nest will work with your HVAC system.
Nest Runs 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 older ones.
This covers heating and cooling systems powered by:
- Natural gas
Before you purchase a Nest, you can put your details into the Compatibility Checker to provide a smooth transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s compatible, your Nest will guide you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.
The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the biggest number of home comfort systems, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also runs with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a professional like Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning to complete the complicated wiring and setup steps.
Does the Nest Require a C-Wire?
If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve potentially come across information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs 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 use a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to use little power. Most of the time, this means they can operate normally without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing weird heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning can put in a C-wire for you.
Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick
Getting a new thermostat makes it a snap to manage your utility and cooling costs while keeping your house comfy. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your home, Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning can help you choose the ideal model for your budget and then expertly install it. Reach us at 717-383-4479 to get started now!