Determine if the Nest Smart Thermostat Works with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re one of the usual American households who shell out more than $2,000 annually on energy expenses, adding a smart thermostat is an excellent method to keep energy bills low. Although most homes use programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being maximized because it’s on “hold” every day.

When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s since 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 adjust it from nearly anywhere with your smartphone.

For the average home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating costs and about 15% on cooling expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps the thermostat pay for itself in less two years. And most utility businesses offer rebate programs that help you install a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re getting a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to make sure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you could have issues, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a expert like Brogan Heating & AC Inc help you choose a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.

Here’s how to find out if the Nest can run with your HVAC system.

Nest is Compatible with Many Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This includes heating and cooling systems that use:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

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

The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the largest number of home comfort systems, such as heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also works with very energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll often need a professional like Brogan Heating & AC Inc to complete the complicated wiring and setup process.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve potentially found 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 all right to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were designed to require small amounts of power. In most cases, this means they can operate properly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Brogan Heating & AC 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 energy and cooling expenses while keeping your house comfortable. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your home, Brogan Heating & AC Inc can help you select the right model for your needs and then skillfully install it. Give us a call at 507-218-0088 to get started now!