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

March 10, 2021

If you’re amid the average American households who pay more than $2,000 each year on utility costs, adding a smart thermostat is a great approach to keep heating and cooling expenses under control. Although most houses rely on programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being made the most of since it’s on “hold” every day.

When installing 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 develops 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 annually, which helps it pay for itself in less two years. And the majority of utility companies offer rebate programs that help you get a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re getting a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to ensure it’s compatible with your HVAC system. This is especially true if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you may experience issues, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a expert like Gilray Heating and Cooling help you select a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest is Compatible 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 covers heating and cooling systems powered by:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you buy a Nest, you can run the Compatibility Checker to ensure an easy transition. Once you’ve checked it will work, your Nest will lead you through compatibility and wiring when you set it up.

The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the widest types 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 typically need a professional like Gilray Heating and Cooling to handle the in-depth wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Require a C-Wire?

If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve likely found details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes your smart thermostat when it can’t draw ample power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s usually still ok to install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were designed to use little power. Many times, 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 Gilray Heating and Cooling can install a C-wire for you.

Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy

Installing a new thermostat makes it easier to manage your utility and cooling bills while keeping your house cozy. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Gilray Heating and Cooling can help you select the right model for your needs and then professionally install it. Reach us at 715-301-0727 to get started right away!