Determine if the Nest Smart Thermostat Works with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re among the average American households who pay more than $2,000 each year on utility costs, adding a smart thermostat is a good approach to keep utility expenses low. Although the majority of homes rely on programmable thermostats, chances are yours 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 top sellers. That’s since it adjusts to your temperature preferences and activities, and then creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and change it from just about anywhere with your smartphone.

On average, 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 the thermostat pay for itself quicker than two years. And most utility companies have rebate programs that help you install a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re getting a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to make sure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you might run into troubles, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a expert like Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc help you choose a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Works with the Majority of Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This includes heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you purchase a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have a smooth transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s compatible, your Nest will lead you through compatibility and wiring when you set it up.

The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the largest range of home comfort units, like 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 Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc to complete the detailed wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?

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

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s probably still all right to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to require small amounts of power. In most cases, this means they can run correctly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc can put in a C-wire for you.

Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick

Upgrading your thermostat makes it simple to keep track of your energy and cooling expenses while keeping your house comfy. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your home, Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc can help you choose the ideal model for your home and then professionally install it. Give us a call at 262-358-9468 to start now!