How to Determine if Your HVAC System Works with a Nest Smart Thermostat

March 10, 2021

If you’re among the usual American households who pay more than $2,000 every year on energy expenses, getting a smart thermostat is an excellent approach to keep energy bills low. Although many houses have programmable thermostats, yours probably isn’t being made the most of as it’s on “hold” every day.

When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s because it adjusts to your temperature preferences and activities, and then creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and adjust 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 each year, which helps it pay for itself in less 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 installing a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to ensure it’s compatible with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you might have troubles, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a professional like West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. help you select a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Works with the Majority of Heating and Cooling Systems

The good news is that Nest made its thermostat to run with many different 24-volt systems, including older ones.

This involves heating and cooling systems that use:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you purchase a Nest, you can put your details into the Compatibility Checker to provide an easy transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s compatible, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring when you start using it.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the widest types of home comfort systems, including heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with highly energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll likely need a specialist like West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. to complete the in-depth wiring and setup procedures.

Does the Nest Require a C-Wire?

If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve likely run into details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire runs your smart thermostat when it can’t draw enough 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 made to use small amounts of power. Many times, this means they can operate normally without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. can install a C-wire for you.

Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy

Installing a new thermostat makes it easier to keep track of your heating and cooling costs while keeping your home comfortable. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. can help you choose the ideal model for your needs and then skillfully install it. Reach us at 614-450-1575 to begin today!