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

March 10, 2021

If you’re among the typical American households who spends more than $2,000 annually on heating and cooling costs, installing a smart thermostat is an excellent approach to keep energy expenses low. Although the majority of homes rely on programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being maximized since it’s on “hold” every day.

When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s due to the fact it picks up on your temperature preferences and routine, 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 expenses and about 15% on cooling expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved every year, which helps it pay for itself in under two years. And most utility companies provide 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 make sure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you could run into issues, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a specialist like HCE Systems Inc help you pick a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Runs with Many Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This includes heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

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

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the widest number of home comfort units, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with highly energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a professional like HCE Systems Inc to complete the in-depth wiring and setup process.

Does the Nest Require a C-Wire?

If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve probably come across details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire powers your smart thermostat when it can’t pull enough power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s likely still all right to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to consume 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 HCE Systems Inc can put in a C-wire for you.

Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple

Upgrading your thermostat makes it a snap to manage your utility and cooling expenses while keeping your residences cozy. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, HCE Systems Inc can help you select the best model for your budget and then professionally install it. Give us a call at 276-302-0076 to start now!