Learn if the Nest Smart Thermostat Can Run with Your HVAC System

March 10, 2021

If you’re among the usual American households who spends more than $2,000 each year on energy bills, getting a smart thermostat is a fantastic way to keep utility costs managed. Although many residences use programmable thermostats, yours likely isn’t being maximized since it’s on “hold” permanently.

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

On average, Nest says its thermostat saves about 10-12% on heating bills and about 15% on cooling expenses. That’s about $131 to $145 saved each year, which helps the thermostat pay for itself in less two years. And the majority of utility providers 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 ensure it works with your HVAC system. This is especially essential if your equipment is aging. If it’s not, you may have issues, like odd furnace or air conditioner behavior. That’s why it’s essential to have a specialist like Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning help you select a new thermostat and do your smart thermostat installation.

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

Nest Works with Many Heating and Cooling Systems

The good news is that Nest designed its thermostat to operate 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 provide a simple transition. Once you’ve checked it’s a fit, your Nest will lead you through compatibility and wiring when you set it up.

The Nest Learning Thermostat works with the largest number of home comfort systems, like heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. It also works with extremely energy-efficient multistage systems, dual-fuel equipment, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but you’ll typically need a professional like Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning to do the in-depth wiring and setup procedures.

Does the Nest Need a C-Wire?

If you’ve read up on the Nest, you’ve probably come across details about the C-wire, or common wire. This wire energizes your smart thermostat when it can’t draw adequate 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 made to require small amounts of power. Many times, this means they can operate properly without this wire.

Have a smart thermostat without a C-wire and experiencing strange heating and cooling behavior? An HVAC specialist like Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning can put in a C-wire for you.

Our Professionals Make Smart Thermostat Installation Simple

Getting a new thermostat makes it a snap to manage your energy and cooling expenses while keeping your residences comfortable. If you want to add a Nest smart thermostat to your residence, Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning can help you find the right model for your home and then expertly install it. Reach us at 734-363-8907 to begin now!