Want to Get the Nest Smart Thermostat? Learn if Its Compatible with Your HVAC System First

March 10, 2021

If you’re amid the average American households who pay more than $2,000 annually on energy bills, installing a smart thermostat is a great way to keep energy costs managed. Although the majority of homes have programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being used to the full advantage as it’s on “hold” every day.

When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s because it picks up on your temperature preferences and activities, and then creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also keep an eye on it and change it from almost anywhere with your smartphone.

For the typical home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating bills and about 15% on cooling bills. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps the thermostat pay for itself in under two years. And the majority of utility providers have 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 make sure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you could have problems, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a pro like Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. help you choose a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Works with Most Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This covers heating and cooling systems that use:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you purchase a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to provide a smooth transition. Once you’ve checked it’s a fit, your Nest will work you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.

The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the largest number of home comfort systems, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll likely need a pro like Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. to complete the complicated wiring and setup procedures.

Does the Nest Require a C-Wire?

If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve probably found info about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs your smart thermostat when it can’t pull ample power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s likely still okay to install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were designed to use small amounts of power. Many times, this means they can run properly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into strange heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. can install a C-wire for you.

Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple

Upgrading your thermostat makes it simple to keep track of your heating and cooling costs while keeping your house comfy. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. can help you select the right model for your budget and then expertly install it. Reach us at 862-345-6896 to start today!