Want to Upgrade to the Nest Smart Thermostat? Figure Out if It Will Work with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re one of the average American households who spends more than $2,000 every year on utility expenses, adding a smart thermostat is a fantastic approach to keep heating and cooling expenses managed. Although most residences use programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being used to the full advantage because it’s on “hold” every day.

When installing a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s due to the fact it adjusts to your temperature preferences and activities, and then creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and change it from almost anywhere with your smartphone.

On average, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating bills and about 15% on cooling bills. That’s about $131 to $145 saved annually, which helps it pay for itself faster than two years. And the majority of utility companies offer rebate programs that help you get a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re getting a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to make sure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you might experience troubles, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a pro like Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning help you pick a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.

Here’s how to find out if the Nest will work with your HVAC system.

Nest Works with Many Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This includes heating and cooling systems powered by:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you get a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to ensure an easy transition. Once you’ve confirmed it’s compatible, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the widest range of home comfort systems, like heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also runs with very energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll likely need a professional like Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning to complete the in-depth wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Require a C-Wire?

If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve potentially found details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire powers your smart thermostat when it can’t pull ample power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s usually still all right to install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to require little power. In most cases, this means they can operate normally without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning can put in a C-wire for you.

Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy

Upgrading your thermostat makes it simple to keep track of your energy and cooling costs while keeping your residences cozy. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your home, Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning can help you choose the best model for your budget and then expertly install it. Call us at 308-624-3485 to start right away!