If you’re amid the typical American households who shell out more than $2,000 each year on utility costs, adding a smart thermostat is an excellent approach to keep utility costs managed. Although the majority of residences use programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being maximized since it’s on “hold” all the time.
When installing a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s since it learns your temperature preferences and activities, and then makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also keep an eye on it and adjust it from nearly anywhere with your smartphone.
For the average home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating bills and about 15% on cooling bills. That’s about $131 to $145 saved annually, which helps the product pay for itself quicker than two years. And many utility providers offer rebate programs that help you install a smart thermostat for free or close to it.
When you’re upgrading to a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to ensure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you may experience issues, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a pro like Miller Climate Control LLC help you select a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to determine if the Nest is compatible with your HVAC system.
Nest Runs with Many Heating and Cooling Systems
The good news is that Nest designed its thermostat to work with many different 24-volt systems, including aging ones.
This involves heating and cooling systems that run on:
- Natural gas
Before you get a Nest, you can put your details into the Compatibility Checker to ensure a simple transition. Once you’ve confirmed it will work, your Nest will lead you through compatibility and wiring when you set it up.
The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the biggest types of home comfort equipment, like heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also works with very energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll likely need a pro like Miller Climate Control LLC to do 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 likely run into info about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes your smart thermostat when it can’t get adequate power from the other wires.
If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s probably still okay to install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to use little power. Most of the time, this means they can run normally without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like Miller Climate Control LLC can add a C-wire for you.
Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy
Installing a new thermostat makes it a snap to stay on top of your heating and cooling costs while keeping your house cozy. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Miller Climate Control LLC can help you select the best model for your home and then professionally install it. Reach us at 512-937-2001 to start now!