When you’re looking for approaches to decrease heating and cooling costs, installing a smart thermostat is a smart idea. These devices pick up on the temperatures you like and routine and then develop an energy-efficient schedule to match. What’s even better is that you can adjust and keep an eye on your settings from nearly anywhere with your phone, whether you’re lying in bed or away from home. (You might even be able to get a free smart thermostat depending on rebate programs from your utility provider in Savage.)
In most instances, adding a smart home thermostat with the assistance of Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning is an uncomplicated process if you have a new home. But what if your house is older or doesn’t have the proper wiring? Can you still have a smart thermostat without C wire? We’ll help you figure out the process so you can select the recommended thermostat and get energy savings for a long time.
What Is a C Wire and What Does It Do on a Thermostat?
Many programmable thermostats use batteries. When you’re making the move to a smart thermostat, you’ll learn that many need a C wire, or common wire, for power. Without this wire, your new thermostat could cause your heating and cooling system to have glitches.
You can ascertain if you have a C wire by doing the following:
- Cut power to the thermostat at the breaker.
- Remove the thermostat and find the wiring.
- If there are five or six multicolored wires, you have what you need for a smart thermostat. You might be pondering what color is the C wire on a thermostat—and the answer to that is usually blue.
- If there are three or four thin multicolored wires, you’re close. Ensure the C wire isn’t hidden within the wall. If you can’t find one, we may be able to install one for you or you may be able to run your new thermostat without one.
- If you have two thick wires, you may be able to run a smart thermostat with an adaptor just for high-voltage systems. Or you may be able to use a battery-powered smart thermostat, like the Lux Geo Wi-Fi Thermostat, if your wiring won’t work and you don’t want to put in new wiring.
Do Nest or ecobee Need a C Wire?
Two of the best-selling brands are the Nest smart thermostat and ecobee smart thermostat. If you have two to four wires, these thermostats might be a match for your needs.
Nest says its thermostats are made to need very little power and can frequently share it with your heating and cooling system. However, you may need to have a professional like Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning add a C wire with the Nest Thermostat E or Nest Learning Thermostat if you’re having power problems or a battery that’s always drained.
ecobee works with 24-volt systems (ones with three to six thermostat wires) and includes a C wire adaptor. So, you’re covered if you don’t have a thermostat C wire.
Depend on Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning for Your Smart Thermostat Installation Needs
At Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning, we’re always looking for methods to keep you comfier while keeping energy costs reasonable. If you have questions about installing a smart thermostat without a C wire, contact us at 952-373-0377. We can help you pick the right model for your house and even add new wiring if necessary.