Find Out if the Nest Smart Thermostat Can Run with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re one of the usual American households who spends more than $2,000 every year on heating and cooling expenses, adding a smart thermostat is a good approach to keep energy expenses under control. Although many houses use programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being made the most of since it’s on “hold” every day.

When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s since it learns your temperature preferences and routine, and then develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and raise it from nearly anywhere with your smartphone.

For the typical home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating bills and about 15% on cooling costs. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps it pay for itself in under two years. And many utility providers have 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 make sure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you may have issues, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a expert like House of Heating Incorporated help you choose a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Runs with Many Heating and Cooling Systems

The good news is that Nest created its thermostat to work 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 run the Compatibility Checker to ensure an easy transition. Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the biggest types of home comfort systems, like heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also works with highly energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll often need a pro like House of Heating Incorporated to do the complicated wiring and setup procedures.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve likely found details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire powers your smart thermostat when it can’t get 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 created to require not much power. Many times, this means they can work correctly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and noticing strange heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like House of Heating Incorporated can add a C-wire for you.

Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple

Getting a new thermostat makes it a snap to keep track of your energy and cooling bills while keeping your residences cozy. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your house, House of Heating Incorporated can help you find the right model for your needs and then professionally install it. Call us at 715-384-3163 to start right away!