If you’re among the typical American households who pay more than $2,000 annually on heating and cooling bills, adding a smart thermostat is a great approach to keep energy expenses low. Although most homes use programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being made the most of because it’s on “hold” all the time.
When installing a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s since it adjusts to your temperature preferences and activities, 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.
On average, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating bills and about 15% on cooling expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved every year, which helps the product pay for itself in less two years. And many utility providers provide rebate programs that help you install a smart thermostat for free or close to it.
When you’re installing a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to make sure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you may experience troubles, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a professional like J.L. Brady Company LLC help you pick a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to find out if the Nest will work with your HVAC system.
Nest Runs with Most Heating and Cooling Systems
The good news is that Nest created its thermostat to run with many different 24-volt systems, including old ones.
This includes heating and cooling systems powered by:
- Natural gas
Before you get a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to provide a simple transition. Once you’ve checked it’s a fit, your Nest will lead you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.
The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the biggest range of home comfort equipment, such as heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll likely need a professional like J.L. Brady Company LLC to do the in-depth wiring and setup process.
Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?
If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve likely run into information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire powers your smart thermostat when it can’t draw enough power from the other wires.
If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s usually still ok to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to use little power. Most of the time, this means they can run properly without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like J.L. Brady Company LLC can put in a C-wire for you.
Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple
Installing a new thermostat makes it a snap to keep track of your utility and cooling expenses while keeping your residences comfy. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, J.L. Brady Company LLC can help you find the ideal model for your needs and then skillfully install it. Reach us at 309-517-7511 to get started now!