Want to Get the Nest Smart Thermostat? Figure Out if Its Right for Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

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 heating and cooling bills low. Although many homes rely on programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being used to the full advantage as it’s on “hold” permanently.

When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s because it learns your temperature preferences and routine, and then develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also keep an eye on it and lower it from almost anywhere with your smartphone.

For the typical 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 it pay for itself in less two years. And many utility businesses offer rebate programs that help you purchase a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re upgrading to 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 getting old. If it’s not, you might have troubles, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a expert like Abilene Air-Tech Inc help you select a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.

Here’s how to figure out if the Nest will work with your HVAC system.

Nest is Compatible with Many Heating and Cooling Systems

The good news is that Nest created its thermostat to work with many different 24-volt systems, including old ones.

This includes heating and cooling systems that use:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you purchase a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to provide a simple transition. Once you’ve checked it’s a fit, your Nest will guide you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.

The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the biggest range of home comfort units, including 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 Abilene Air-Tech Inc to do the complicated wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve probably run into information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs your smart thermostat when it can’t get adequate 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 made to consume small amounts of power. Many times, this means they can operate normally without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like Abilene Air-Tech Inc can install a C-wire for you.

Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy

Upgrading your thermostat makes it a snap to stay on top of your heating and cooling expenses while keeping your residences comfy. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Abilene Air-Tech Inc can help you choose the right model for your needs and then professionally install it. Reach us at 325-200-4667 to begin now!

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