Want to Get the Nest Smart Thermostat? Figure Out if It Will Work with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re amid the average American households who shell out more than $2,000 each year on energy bills, getting a smart thermostat is a great method to keep heating and cooling expenses low. Although many residences have programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being made the most of since it’s on “hold” all the time.

When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s since it picks up on your temperature preferences and schedule, and then creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also check and raise it from just about anywhere with your smartphone.

For the average 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 thermostat pay for itself in under two years. And the majority of utility businesses offer rebate programs that help you purchase a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re upgrading to a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to be sure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you could experience troubles, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a professional like Woody's Sudden Service Inc 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 Runs 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 older ones.

This covers heating and cooling systems powered by:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you buy a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to ensure an easy transition. Once you’ve confirmed it’s a match, your Nest will lead 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 operates with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll often need a professional like Woody's Sudden Service Inc to complete the complicated 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 info about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs your smart thermostat when it can’t pull 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. Most of the time, this means they can work properly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like Woody's Sudden Service Inc can install a C-wire for you.

Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple

Installing a new thermostat makes it simple to stay on top of your heating and cooling costs while keeping your residences comfortable. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Woody's Sudden Service Inc can help you find the right model for your home and then professionally install it. Call us at 703-278-2036 to start now!