Learn if the Nest Smart Thermostat Works with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re amid the usual American households who spends more than $2,000 each year on utility bills, getting a smart thermostat is a good approach to keep heating and cooling costs low. Although the majority of residences use programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being used to the full advantage since it’s on “hold” all the time.

When installing a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s due to the fact it learns your temperature preferences and routine, and then creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also keep an eye on it and change it from just about anywhere with your smartphone.

On average, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating bills and about 15% on cooling costs. That’s about $131 to $145 saved every year, which helps the thermostat pay for itself in less two years. And many utility providers provide rebate programs that help you install 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 will work with your HVAC system. This is especially true if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you could run into problems, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a specialist like Lanz Furnace and Fireplace help you pick 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 operate with many different 24-volt systems, including older ones.

This involves heating and cooling systems that use:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you get a Nest, you can put your details into 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 during the setup process.

The Nest Learning Thermostat can run with the largest types of home comfort equipment, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a professional like Lanz Furnace and Fireplace to do the detailed wiring and setup process.

Does the Nest Require a C-Wire?

If you’ve done research on the Nest, you’ve potentially run into info about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire powers your smart thermostat when it can’t pull enough power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s usually still ok to install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were designed to use not much power. In most cases, this means they can operate correctly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and noticing strange heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Lanz Furnace and Fireplace can put in a C-wire for you.

Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple

Getting a new thermostat makes it a snap to stay on top of your utility and cooling expenses while keeping your home cozy. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your home, Lanz Furnace and Fireplace can help you choose the ideal model for your budget and then professionally install it. Give us a call at 608-291-3606 to start now!