Learn if the Nest Smart Thermostat Can Run with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re among the average American households who pay more than $2,000 every year on utility costs, getting a smart thermostat is a good method to keep energy expenses managed. Although many residences rely on programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being maximized since it’s on “hold” every day.

When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s due to the fact it picks up on your temperature preferences and routine, and then creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor 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 annually, which helps the product pay for itself quicker than two years. And most utility companies offer 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 will work with your HVAC system. This is especially true if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you might run into troubles, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a professional like All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc help you choose a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Works with Many Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This involves heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you purchase a Nest, you can run the Compatibility Checker to provide a simple transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s a fit, your Nest will guide you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the widest number of home comfort systems, 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 All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc to do the in-depth wiring and setup process.

Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?

If you’ve done research on the Nest, you’ve potentially found information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes your smart thermostat when it can’t pull 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 designed to require not much power. Many times, this means they can operate correctly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can install a C-wire for you.

Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple

Getting a new thermostat makes it a snap to keep track of your utility and cooling costs while keeping your house comfortable. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your home, All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can help you select the best model for your budget and then professionally install it. Reach us at 256-801-4701 to get started today!