Learn if the Nest Smart Thermostat Works with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re amid the average American households who pay more than $2,000 every year on energy expenses, installing a smart thermostat is an excellent method to keep utility costs managed. Although the majority of houses have programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being used to the full advantage because it’s on “hold” permanently.

When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s because it adjusts to your temperature preferences and schedule, 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 typical home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating expenses and about 15% on cooling expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved every year, which helps it pay for itself quicker than two years. And most utility providers provide rebate programs that help you purchase a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re getting a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to ensure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially true if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you may have troubles, like weird furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a expert like Moyer Total Indoor Comfort help you pick a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.

Here’s how to find out if the Nest can run with your HVAC system.

Nest Works with Many Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This includes heating and cooling systems that use:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you buy a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to ensure a smooth transition. Once you’ve checked it’s a match, your Nest will lead you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the biggest number of home comfort equipment, like heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also runs with very energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll often need a specialist like Moyer Total Indoor Comfort to do the in-depth wiring and setup process.

Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?

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

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s probably still okay to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to require not much power. Most of the time, this means they can operate correctly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing strange heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like Moyer Total Indoor Comfort can add a C-wire for you.

Our Pros Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick

Installing a new thermostat makes it a snap to stay on top of your heating and cooling expenses while keeping your house comfortable. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Moyer Total Indoor Comfort can help you choose the best model for your budget and then skillfully install it. Call us at 484-646-3363 to get started now!