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

March 10, 2021

If you’re one of the average American households who spends more than $2,000 annually on energy bills, getting a smart thermostat is a good way to keep energy bills managed. Although many houses rely on programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being maximized since it’s on “hold” every day.

When installing a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s due to the fact it picks up on your temperature preferences and routine, and then makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also keep an eye on it and lower 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 every year, which helps the product pay for itself faster than two years. And many utility providers offer rebate programs that help you get 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 will work with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you might run into issues, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a specialist like Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. help you choose a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.

Here’s how to determine if the Nest is compatible with your HVAC system.

Nest Runs with the Majority of Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This covers heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you get a Nest, you can put your details into the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have a smooth transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s a fit, your Nest will guide you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the largest range of home comfort equipment, like heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also works with highly energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a specialist like Air-Right Energy Design, 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 run into information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs 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 ok to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were made to consume small amounts of power. In most cases, this means they can operate correctly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. can install a C-wire for you.

Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick

Installing a new thermostat makes it easier to manage your utility and cooling costs while keeping your home cozy. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. can help you find the ideal model for your needs and then skillfully install it. Call us at 703-260-1148 to start today!