Find Out if the Nest Smart Thermostat Works with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re amid the typical American households who shell out more than $2,000 annually on energy expenses, installing a smart thermostat is an excellent way to keep heating and cooling expenses managed. Although many houses have 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 top sellers. That’s due to the fact it learns your temperature preferences and schedule, and then makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also check and lower it from nearly 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 annually, which helps it pay for itself quicker than two years. And the majority of utility companies provide rebate programs that help you install a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re installing a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to ensure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially important 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 professional like Bon Air Service Company help you pick a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Runs with the Majority of Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This includes heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you get a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to provide an easy transition. Once you’ve double-checked it will work, your Nest will lead you through compatibility and wiring when you set it up.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the widest range of home comfort equipment, 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 often need a specialist like Bon Air Service Company to do the in-depth wiring and setup process.

Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?

If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve potentially come across details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes 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 okay to use a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to use not much power. In most cases, this means they can work normally without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into strange heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like Bon Air Service Company can put in a C-wire for you.

Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy

Upgrading your thermostat makes it easier to stay on top of your heating and cooling bills while keeping your residences comfortable. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your home, Bon Air Service Company can help you select the right model for your needs and then skillfully install it. Give us a call at 972-332-1028 to start right away!