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

March 10, 2021

If you’re among the usual American households who spends more than $2,000 annually on energy costs, installing a smart thermostat is a fantastic way to keep energy expenses low. Although the majority of houses have programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being made the most of because it’s on “hold” every day.

When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the best sellers. That’s because it adjusts to your temperature preferences and activities, and then develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and change it from just about anywhere with your smartphone.

For the typical home, 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 the thermostat pay for itself faster than two years. And most utility companies provide rebate programs that help you get a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re getting a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to be sure it’s compatible with your HVAC system. This is especially true if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you could experience issues, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s critical to have a expert like Vogts Heating & Air help you pick a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Works with Most Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This includes heating and cooling systems that use:

  • 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 confirmed it’s a fit, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring when you set it up.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with the widest number of home comfort equipment, like heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also runs with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll often need a pro like Vogts Heating & Air to complete the complicated wiring and setup procedures.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

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

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s probably still all right to use a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to require little power. Many times, this means they can run correctly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing erratic heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like Vogts Heating & Air can put in a C-wire for you.

Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Quick

Upgrading your thermostat makes it simple to stay on top of your energy and cooling expenses while keeping your residences comfortable. If you’re thinking about adding a Nest smart thermostat to your home, Vogts Heating & Air can help you choose the ideal model for your home and then expertly install it. Reach us at 208-621-0129 to start now!