If you’re one of the average American households who pay more than $2,000 each year on utility expenses, getting a smart thermostat is a good way to keep utility bills managed. Although the majority of houses use programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being made the most of since it’s on “hold” every day.
When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s since 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 adjust it from nearly anywhere with your smartphone.
For the average home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating costs and about 15% on cooling costs. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps the product pay for itself quicker than two years. And the majority of 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 be sure it’s compatible with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you could run into problems, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a expert like Airmax Long Island Inc help you pick a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.
Here’s how to find out if the Nest can run with your HVAC system.
Nest Works with the Majority of 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 purchase a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have an easy transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s a match, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.
The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the largest types of home comfort equipment, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also works with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a specialist like Airmax Long Island Inc to handle the complicated wiring and setup steps.
Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?
If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve probably come across information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes 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 okay to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were made to require small amounts of power. Many times, this means they can operate correctly without this wire.
Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Airmax Long Island Inc can install a C-wire for you.
Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple
Upgrading your thermostat makes it a snap to stay on top of your heating and cooling costs while keeping your residences cozy. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your home, Airmax Long Island Inc can help you choose the best model for your home and then skillfully install it. Reach us at 631-737-5566 to get started right away!