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

March 10, 2021

If you’re amid the typical American households who shell out more than $2,000 annually on energy bills, getting a smart thermostat is a good way to keep heating and cooling costs under control. Although the majority of homes rely on programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being made the most of because it’s on “hold” permanently.

When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s due to the fact it learns your temperature preferences and schedule, and then develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and adjust it from just about anywhere with your smartphone.

For the average home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating costs and about 15% on cooling bills. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps it pay for itself faster than two years. And many utility businesses have 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 will work with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you could run into problems, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a pro like Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning help you choose 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 Works with the Majority of 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 includes heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you purchase a Nest, you can put your details into 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 start using it.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the widest range of home comfort equipment, such as heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also runs with highly energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll often need a specialist like Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning to do the in-depth wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

If you’ve done research on the Nest, you’ve likely run into information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire powers 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 okay to install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were made to require not much power. In most cases, this means they can work properly without this wire.

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

Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy

Installing a new thermostat makes it easier to stay on top of your utility and cooling costs while keeping your home comfortable. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning can help you choose the right model for your budget and then skillfully install it. Call us at 800-COOLING to begin right away!