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 every year on energy expenses, getting a smart thermostat is a great way to keep energy costs under control. Although many residences use programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being used to the full advantage since it’s on “hold” all the time.

When upgrading your thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the top sellers. That’s due to the fact it picks up on your temperature preferences and activities, and then creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and lower it from nearly anywhere with your smartphone.

For the average 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 each year, which helps the product pay for itself faster than two years. And the majority of utility companies have 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 be sure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you might have issues, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s important to have a specialist like Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning 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 Runs with the Majority of Heating and Cooling Systems

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

This involves heating and cooling systems powered by:

  • Natural gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity

Before you get a Nest, you can put your details into 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 when you set it up.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the widest number of home comfort equipment, such as heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll often need a professional like Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning to handle the in-depth wiring and setup process.

Does the Nest Have to Have a C-Wire?

If you’ve looked into the Nest, you’ve likely run into info about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes your smart thermostat when it can’t draw enough power from the other wires.

If you don’t have a C-wire, it’s likely still okay to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to use not much power. Many times, this means they can operate correctly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing weird heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning can add a C-wire for you.

Our Experts Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple

Installing a new thermostat makes it simple to manage your energy and cooling costs while keeping your home comfortable. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your house, Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning can help you choose the right model for your home and then skillfully install it. Give us a call at 601-292-9763 to begin right away!