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

March 10, 2021

If you’re one of the usual American households who shell out more than $2,000 annually on utility costs, getting a smart thermostat is a great way to keep heating and cooling costs under control. Although many residences rely on programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being made the most of since it’s on “hold” all the time.

When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s due to the fact it adjusts to your temperature preferences and routine, and then makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also check and change 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 the thermostat pay for itself in under two years. And the majority of utility companies have rebate programs that help you purchase a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re installing a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to ensure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you may experience troubles, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a specialist like Point Heating & Cooling help you choose a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Runs with Many Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This covers heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you buy a Nest, you can put your details into the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have an easy transition. Once you’ve checked it’s a fit, your Nest will guide you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the widest number of home comfort units, like heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also works with very energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll often need a specialist like Point Heating & Cooling to complete the complicated wiring and setup procedures.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve potentially found details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes your smart thermostat when it can’t pull adequate 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 use little power. Most of the time, this means they can run normally without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like Point Heating & Cooling can install a C-wire for you.

Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy

Upgrading your thermostat makes it simple to keep track of your heating and cooling bills while keeping your home comfortable. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Point Heating & Cooling can help you find the right model for your home and then skillfully install it. Give us a call at 715-504-0533 to start now!