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

March 10, 2021

If you’re amid the average American households who shell out more than $2,000 annually on utility costs, adding a smart thermostat is a good way to keep heating and cooling expenses under control. Although many residences use programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being maximized because it’s on “hold” all the time.

When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s because it adjusts to your temperature preferences and schedule, and then develops 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 expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved annually, which helps the product pay for itself in under two years. And most utility providers 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 be sure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you may experience troubles, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a specialist like Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning help you pick a new thermostat and take care of your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Works 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 powered by:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you purchase a Nest, you can run the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have a smooth transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s a fit, your Nest will work you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the widest number of home comfort systems, such as heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with highly energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a specialist like Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning to do the in-depth wiring and setup procedures.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve potentially found information about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire powers your smart thermostat when it can’t get ample power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s probably still okay to use a Nest. The company says its thermostats were made to consume not much power. In most cases, this means they can work normally without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC pro like Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning can install a C-wire for you.

Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple

Getting a new thermostat makes it simple to stay on top of your utility and cooling bills while keeping your house cozy. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning can help you choose the right model for your needs and then skillfully install it. Reach us at 203-772-8319 to start today!