Many people (like me) lack a so-called frequent or “C wire” in our house’s HVAC wiring. That is a sophisticated method of claiming there is not any method for a good thermostat to attract steady electricity individually from the wires that really management stuff, and which means you would possibly run into points, like your heating system flipping on when it should not to high up your thermostat’s battery, or a non-rechargeable mannequin like the brand new Nest Thermostat dying sooner than anticipated.

It is all actually fairly obnoxious to take care of, however fortunately Google simply introduced a new Nest Power Connector that you would be able to set up your self to repair the issue.

The Nest Power Connector is a boring-looking plastic dongle with 5 wires protruding of it that you just wire in between your Nest Thermostat and furnace or AC unit. It really works with a number of HVAC system configurations, together with heating solely, cooling solely, or each, and is suitable with 24 VAC methods solely — no millivolt or high-voltage help. That ought to cowl most house options, however in all probability not everybody with C-wire points.

The setup course of is a comparatively easy nine-step affair, in case you’re keen to muck round in your basement a little, flip off your circuit breaker, and transfer a few wires round. You may as well decide for skilled set up in case you choose — it is in all probability nonetheless cheaper than operating new wiring to every thermostat, and Google recommends it over self-installs.

It would look sophisticated, however the impact is easy: With the Nest Power Connector, your Nest Thermostat can draw steady electricity and keep topped up with out an precise frequent/C wire inside your partitions.

The Nest Power Connector is out there for pre-order on the Google Retailer now at simply $25, related in worth to different widespread C-wire including options just like the Venstar ACC0410 Add-A-Wire.

Free Nest Power Connectors

If Google spots a power-related downside along with your Nest Thermostat, preserve your eyes peeled for an electronic mail (through 9to5Google) which is able to allow you to snag the newly-introduced Power Connector for free. The provide is legitimate solely until July 7 or till provides final.