Find Out if the Nest Smart Thermostat Works with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re amid the usual American households who spends more than $2,000 each year on heating and cooling costs, adding a smart thermostat is an excellent way to keep energy costs managed. Although the majority of residences rely on programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being made the most of as it’s on “hold” permanently.

When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s because it adjusts to your temperature preferences and activities, and then creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also keep an eye on it and adjust it from just about anywhere with your smartphone.

On average, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating expenses and about 15% on cooling expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved every year, which helps it pay for itself quicker than two years. And the majority of utility providers have rebate programs that help you install a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re getting a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to ensure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you could experience issues, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a professional like Central Air LLC help you choose a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.

Here’s how to find out if the Nest can run with your HVAC system.

Nest Runs with Most Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This involves heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you purchase a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to ensure a simple transition. Once you’ve confirmed it’s compatible, your Nest will work you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the largest range of home comfort systems, 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 often need a specialist like Central Air LLC to handle the detailed wiring and setup process.

Does the Nest Require a C-Wire?

If you’ve done research on the Nest, you’ve probably found details 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 ok to use a Nest. The company says its thermostats were designed to consume little power. In most cases, this means they can operate normally without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into strange heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like Central Air LLC can add a C-wire for you.

Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick

Upgrading your thermostat makes it easier to keep track of your utility and cooling bills while keeping your home comfortable. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Central Air LLC can help you find the right model for your budget and then skillfully install it. Call us at 203-357-5913 to start now!