If you’re among 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 bills under control. Although the majority of residences have programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being maximized as it’s on “hold” permanently.
When installing a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s due to the fact it adjusts to your temperature preferences and routine, and then makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also keep an eye on it and raise it from almost anywhere with your smartphone.
For the average home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating bills and about 15% on cooling costs. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps the thermostat pay for itself faster than two years. And the majority of utility companies provide rebate programs that help you get a smart thermostat for free or close to it.
When you’re installing a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to be sure it’s compatible with your HVAC system. This is especially true if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you could have issues, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a expert like E.B. Air, LLC help you choose a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to determine if the Nest is compatible with your HVAC system.
Nest Works with Most Heating and Cooling Systems
The good news is that Nest created its thermostat to work with many different 24-volt systems, including old ones.
This involves heating and cooling systems that run on:
- Natural gas
Before you purchase a Nest, you can put your details into the Compatibility Checker to provide a smooth transition. Once you’ve checked it’s a fit, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring when you set it up.
The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the widest number of home comfort systems, such as heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with very energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll often need a professional like E.B. Air, LLC to complete the in-depth wiring and setup procedures.
Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?
If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve probably come across details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs your smart thermostat when it can’t get enough power from the other wires.
If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s probably still okay to use a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to require not much power. Most of the time, this means they can operate correctly without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like E.B. Air, LLC can put in a C-wire for you.
Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy
Upgrading your thermostat makes it easier to keep track of your utility and cooling expenses while keeping your house cozy. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your home, E.B. Air, LLC can help you select the ideal model for your budget and then professionally install it. Give us a call at 979-335-4262 to start right away!