Want to Upgrade to the Nest Smart Thermostat? Learn if It Will Work with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re amid the usual American households who pay more than $2,000 every year on utility expenses, getting a smart thermostat is a good way to keep heating and cooling costs under control. Although the majority of houses use programmable thermostats, chances are yours isn’t being used to the full advantage as it’s on “hold” every day.

When getting a new thermostat, the Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular options. That’s because it learns your temperature preferences and routine, and then develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. You can also monitor and change it from just about anywhere with your smartphone.

On average, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating expenses and about 15% on cooling bills. That’s about $131 to $145 saved annually, which helps it pay for itself in under two years. And many utility providers have rebate programs that help you get a smart thermostat for free or close to it.

When you’re installing a smart home thermostat, you’ll want to ensure it will work with your HVAC system. This is especially important if your equipment is older. If it’s not, you could experience troubles, like erratic furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a pro like Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. help you choose a new thermostat and handle your smart thermostat installation.

Here’s how to determine if the Nest is compatible with your HVAC system.

Nest Works with the Majority of 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 buy a Nest, you can use the Compatibility Checker to ensure a simple transition. Once you’ve checked it’s a fit, your Nest will walk you through compatibility and wiring during the setup process.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the widest range of home comfort units, like heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also operates with very energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a pro like Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. to handle the in-depth wiring and setup steps.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve potentially come across 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 probably still okay to get a Nest. The company says its thermostats were created to use not much power. In most cases, this means they can work properly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and running into odd heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC professional like Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. can put in a C-wire for you.

Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple

Installing a new thermostat makes it a snap to keep track of your utility and cooling bills while keeping your house cozy. If you’re considering adding a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. can help you select the right model for your budget and then professionally install it. Reach us at 714-855-1717 to get started today!