If you’re among the usual American households who pay more than $2,000 every year on utility expenses, getting a smart thermostat is an excellent approach to keep energy bills managed. Although most houses rely on programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being used to the full advantage since it’s on “hold” every day.
When installing a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. 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 keep an eye on it and raise it from almost anywhere with your smartphone.
For the typical home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating expenses and about 15% on cooling bills. That’s about $131 to $145 saved every year, which helps the thermostat pay for itself in less two years. And the majority of utility companies provide 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 make sure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you may run into troubles, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a professional like Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning help you choose 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 made its thermostat to work with many different 24-volt systems, including old ones.
This involves heating and cooling systems that use:
- Natural gas
Before you purchase a Nest, you can put your details into the Compatibility Checker to ensure a smooth transition. Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.
The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the largest range of home comfort systems, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also runs with highly energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll likely need a professional like Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning to handle the in-depth wiring and setup procedures.
Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?
If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve likely found information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire powers your smart thermostat when it can’t get ample power from the other wires.
If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s usually still all right to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to consume not much power. In most cases, this means they can operate correctly without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into weird heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning can install a C-wire for you.
Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple
Getting a new thermostat makes it simple to keep track of your utility and cooling expenses while keeping your home comfortable. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your home, Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning can help you find the ideal model for your needs and then skillfully install it. Give us a call at 209-257-3156 to begin right away!