How to Learn if Your HVAC System Can Run with a Nest Smart Thermostat

March 10, 2021

If you’re one of the usual American households who shell out more than $2,000 each year on heating and cooling expenses, adding a smart thermostat is a great method to keep heating and cooling bills managed. Although most houses use programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being used to the full advantage because it’s on “hold” every day.

When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s since it adjusts to your temperature preferences and schedule, and then makes 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 costs and about 15% on cooling costs. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps the thermostat pay for itself quicker than two years. And most utility businesses 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 will work with your HVAC system. This is especially essential 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 essential to have a specialist like Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning help you select a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Works with Most Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This covers heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you purchase a Nest, you can run the Compatibility Checker to ensure an easy transition. Once you’ve confirmed it’s a match, your Nest will guide you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the biggest types of home comfort systems, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also works with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a professional like Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning to complete the in-depth wiring and setup process.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve potentially run into details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs your smart thermostat when it can’t get enough power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s usually still ok to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to use small amounts of power. Many times, this means they can operate normally without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into weird heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning can add a C-wire for you.

Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy

Getting a new thermostat makes it simple to manage your heating and cooling costs while keeping your home cozy. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning can help you find the best model for your home and then professionally install it. Give us a call at 519-296-4437 to start now!