Find Out if the Nest Smart Thermostat Can Run with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re among the typical American households who spends more than $2,000 annually on heating and cooling costs, getting a smart thermostat is a good approach to keep heating and cooling costs low. Although the majority of residences use programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being used to the full advantage because it’s on “hold” permanently.

When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s because it adjusts to your temperature preferences and activities, and then makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and raise it from almost anywhere with your smartphone.

On average, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating costs and about 15% on cooling costs. That’s about $131 to $145 saved every year, which helps the product pay for itself faster 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 make sure it’s compatible with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you may have issues, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a professional like Hopper Heating and Air help you select a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.

Here’s how to find out 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 older ones.

This includes heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you buy a Nest, you can put your details into the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have a simple transition. Once you’ve confirmed it’s a match, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring when you set it up.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the biggest range of home comfort systems, like heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also runs with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a specialist like Hopper Heating and Air to complete the complicated wiring and setup process.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve likely found info about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire powers your smart thermostat when it can’t draw adequate power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s probably still all right to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were designed to require little power. Many times, this means they can operate properly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing weird heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like Hopper Heating and Air can put in a C-wire for you.

Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick

Installing a new thermostat makes it easier to manage your energy and cooling bills while keeping your residences comfy. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Hopper Heating and Air can help you find the right model for your needs and then expertly install it. Call us at 704-233-7363 to begin now!