Learn if the Nest Smart Thermostat Can Run with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re one of the usual American households who spends more than $2,000 each year on energy expenses, adding a smart thermostat is a fantastic way to keep heating and cooling expenses low. Although the majority of residences use programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being made the most of because it’s on “hold” every day.

When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s because it learns your temperature preferences and activities, and then creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also keep an eye on it and raise it from just about 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 annually, which helps the product pay for itself quicker than two years. And most utility businesses have 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 make sure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you may run into issues, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a professional like Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing help you choose a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest is Compatible with Most 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 involves heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you buy a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have an easy transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s a match, your Nest will lead you through compatibility and wiring when you set it up.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the biggest types of home comfort systems, such as heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also works with highly energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll likely need a professional like Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing to do the in-depth wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Require a C-Wire?

If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve potentially come across details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes your smart thermostat when it can’t pull ample power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s probably still ok to install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were made to require not much power. Many times, this means they can work correctly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can install a C-wire for you.

Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy

Getting a new thermostat makes it easier to keep track of your energy and cooling bills while keeping your residences comfortable. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your home, Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can help you find the ideal model for your budget and then professionally install it. Reach us at 724-370-0141 to begin right away!