If you’re among the average American households who shell out more than $2,000 each year on energy costs, installing a smart thermostat is a great method to keep utility bills managed. Although most residences rely on programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being maximized because 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 adjusts to your temperature preferences and activities, and then develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also check and raise it from nearly anywhere with your smartphone.
On average, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating costs and about 15% on cooling costs. That’s about $131 to $145 saved annually, which helps it pay for itself quicker than two years. And many utility businesses have 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 works with your HVAC system. This is especially true if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you might experience issues, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a professional like Farris Heating & Air help you choose a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to figure out if the Nest can run with your HVAC system.
Nest Works with Most Heating and Cooling Systems
The good news is that Nest created its thermostat to run 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 run the Compatibility Checker to provide a simple 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 is compatible with the largest range of home comfort equipment, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with very energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a specialist like Farris Heating & Air to complete 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 info about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire powers your smart thermostat when it can’t draw adequate power from the other wires.
If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s likely still okay to use a Nest. The company says its thermostats were designed to use not much power. Most of the time, this means they can operate properly without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and noticing weird heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like Farris Heating & Air can put in a C-wire for you.
Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple
Upgrading your thermostat makes it simple to manage your utility and cooling costs while keeping your home comfy. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Farris Heating & Air can help you choose the right model for your home and then skillfully install it. Give us a call at 918-333-0376 to begin now!