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

March 10, 2021

If you’re one of the usual American households who spends more than $2,000 each year on utility costs, installing a smart thermostat is an excellent method to keep heating and cooling costs under control. Although many houses rely on programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being made the most of as it’s on “hold” all the time.

When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s since it picks up on your temperature preferences and schedule, and then creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also keep an eye on it and lower it from just about anywhere with your smartphone.

On average, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating costs and about 15% on cooling bills. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps it pay for itself in under two years. And most utility businesses offer rebate programs that help you get a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re upgrading to a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to ensure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you might run into problems, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a professional like Brandon Heating and Plumbing help you choose a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Works with Most Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This covers heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you purchase 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 when you set it up.

The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the largest types of home comfort systems, 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 likely need a specialist like Brandon Heating and Plumbing to do the detailed wiring and setup procedures.

Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?

If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve likely run into info about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes your smart thermostat when it can’t pull adequate 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 designed to use small amounts of power. Most of the time, this means they can work correctly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing weird heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Brandon Heating and Plumbing can put in a C-wire for you.

Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick

Getting a new thermostat makes it a snap to stay on top of your energy and cooling costs while keeping your residences comfortable. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Brandon Heating and Plumbing can help you select the right model for your budget and then skillfully install it. Give us a call at 204-728-0180 to begin today!