How to Determine 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 annually on energy costs, installing a smart thermostat is a good way to keep energy expenses under control. Although most homes rely on programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being maximized since it’s on “hold” all the time.

When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s due to the fact it learns your temperature preferences and activities, and then makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and change it from just about anywhere with your smartphone.

For the average home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating expenses and about 15% on cooling expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved annually, which helps the product pay for itself in less two years. And many utility providers provide rebate programs that help you purchase a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re upgrading to a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to be sure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you could run into troubles, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a expert like Goode Bros AC & Heating help you choose 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 made its thermostat to work with many different 24-volt systems, including older ones.

This covers heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

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

The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the biggest range of home comfort equipment, such as heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also runs with highly energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll often need a pro like Goode Bros AC & Heating to complete the in-depth wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?

If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve probably found 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 likely still okay to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to require not much power. In most cases, this means they can operate normally without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and noticing weird heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like Goode Bros AC & Heating can install a C-wire for you.

Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple

Upgrading your thermostat makes it simple to stay on top of your utility and cooling bills while keeping your house comfortable. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Goode Bros AC & Heating can help you select the best model for your budget and then expertly install it. Give us a call at (833)-466-3322 to get started right away!