I want to install a Wi-Fi thermostat, but the existing thermostat wiring didn't have a common wire. The house was originally wired with two-conductor cable since it was a heat-only system, and then retrofitted with a 2-wire to 4-wire adapter system when the previous owner wanted A/C. Rather than messing with additional adapters, I'm just pulling new thermostat wire and removing the previous add-a-wire adapters.
The thermostat wire that was original with the house runs up from the hallway into the attic going up through the top plate of the wall, then goes through the attic to the garage where the furnace is. It's plenty easy to drop new wire down the wall where the old wire is and fish it through the hole where the thermostat is. My question: is there anything special one should be doing with thermostat wire when it's behind a wall in terms of routing or protection? The previous wire was wrapped around nails hammered into one of the studs, and I'm not sure if that was to simply prevent the cable from being "lost" behind the drywall if it got disconnected from the thermostat or if it was done for a safety reason. I'm aware of the prohibitions around running low voltage wire and 120V AC through the same boxes or right next to each other, but there's no 120V AC anywhere nearby this so that's absolutely not a concern here.
Anything I should be doing to do this "right"?