How to Determine if Your HVAC System Works with a Nest Smart Thermostat

March 10, 2021

If you’re amid the usual American households who shell out more than $2,000 each year on utility costs, installing a smart thermostat is an excellent way to keep energy bills managed. Although the majority of homes have programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being made the most of as it’s on “hold” every day.

When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s due to the fact it learns your temperature preferences and schedule, and then develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and change it from nearly anywhere with your smartphone.

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

When you’re installing a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to be sure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you may run into problems, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a pro like Airmen HVAC Service help you choose a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.

Here’s how to figure out if the Nest is compatible with your HVAC system.

Nest Works with the Majority of Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This involves heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you get a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to ensure a simple transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s a match, your Nest will work you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the biggest types of home comfort equipment, such as heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also works with very energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll likely need a specialist like Airmen HVAC Service to complete the complicated wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?

If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve likely run into information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes your smart thermostat when it can’t get enough power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s likely still all right to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were made to use small amounts of power. Most of the time, this means they can run correctly without this wire.

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

Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick

Installing a new thermostat makes it a snap to manage your heating and cooling bills while keeping your house comfortable. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Airmen HVAC Service can help you select the ideal model for your budget and then expertly install it. Reach us at 570-322-3131 to start now!