Find Out if the Nest Smart Thermostat Can Run with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re amid the usual American households who pay more than $2,000 annually on utility expenses, getting a smart thermostat is an excellent method to keep energy costs low. Although most residences have programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being made the most of as it’s on “hold” permanently.

When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s since it picks up on your temperature preferences and schedule, and then develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also keep an eye on it and raise it from nearly anywhere with your smartphone.

For the typical home, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating costs and about 15% on cooling expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved every year, which helps the product pay for itself in under two years. And many utility companies provide 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 make sure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is getting old. If it’s not, you might experience troubles, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a professional like Bell Air Conditioning Inc help you choose a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest is Compatible with Most Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This covers heating and cooling systems that run on:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you purchase a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to make sure you have a simple transition. Once you’ve double-checked it’s compatible, your Nest will lead you through compatibility and wiring when you set it up.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the biggest range of home comfort systems, 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 typically need a professional like Bell Air Conditioning Inc to handle the complicated wiring and setup process.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

If you’ve done research on the Nest, you’ve likely found 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 usually still all right to install a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to require small amounts of power. Many times, this means they can run normally without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into weird heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Bell Air Conditioning Inc can put in a C-wire for you.

Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Easy

Upgrading your thermostat makes it simple to stay on top of your heating and cooling bills while keeping your house comfortable. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Bell Air Conditioning Inc can help you select the right model for your home and then expertly install it. Give us a call at 254-307-9572 to start today!